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Three new comic book games you missed during Comic-Con

Comic-Con seemed bigger than ever this year, especially on the game front. Street Fighter x Tekken, a Green Lantern gameUltimate universe in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and new Marvel vs Capcom 3 characters were the just some of the biggies, but don’t let them steal the entire spotlight. You probably overlooked some other news that’s bigger than you might imagine, especially if you’re a comic fan. Here are three important games revealed during Comic-Con that are worth your attention.


Suicide Squad

Long time DC fans will know and love this classic series, but for the unaware the Suicide Squad is about a group of super villains brought together by the US Government to work off their debt to society. They take on incredibly dangerous, even suicidal, missions, mostly stopping the nefarious plots of other super villains. This simply sweet premise led to several cult series and a rumored movie, and last weekend DC exec/comic writer Geoff Johns revealed a game was in the works.

Johns said very little about the game other than it was “hardcore violent.” This would completely fit the feel of a series where C-list villains working together wouldn’t care about murdering another bad guy to get the job done, unlike Batman and Spider-Man’s no killing policies. Hopefully this means the people at Warner Interactive are shooting for more Dark Knight than Batman Forever.


Witchblade

Image Comics’ sex symbol for more than a decade, Witchblade and her alter ego Sara Pezzini have long been a big force in comics, but are only now getting their own game. Announced by the book’s publisher during a panel at Comic-Con, the Witchblade game is being developed by Buzz Monkey, a company that worked on recent Tomb Raider and Ratchet games, which sounds like a good fit for a comic about a sexy brunette who shoots people.

The short story of Witchblade is that Sara holds a magical, sentient, ancient glove that grants flight, invulnerability, health regeneration, blade creation and wielding, and most importantly, slutty outfits.  All those abilities fit well with crime-fighting, and are pretty easy to imagine working in games too. Though the title has no publisher yet, this one also has a rumored film coming, so perhaps it will come out with said movie next year.


The Darkness 2

On the subject of Image and Witchblade, the other side of the coin for that franchise, the Darkness, already had a game and fans have been waiting years for any news on a sequel. While original developer Starbreeze has moved on the greener pastures, that doesn’t mean someone isn’t working on it. Earlier today the resume of someone from game dev Digital Extremes revealed that the company has been working on Darkness 2 for some time.

This makes complete sense when you take into account a couple things. First, Digital Extremes’ most recent work was with publisher 2K Games, who we assume still holds the Darkness game rights. Second, Digital Extremes has a background of FPS games, including helping with the multiplayer for BioShock 2 and Unreal Tournament, and we can only assume the Darkness sequel will be in the same genre as the first game. Though only just a rumor, this all adds up to “expect an official announcement soon.”

Jul 27, 2010

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19 comments

  • Eaxis - July 31, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Hell Yes The Darkness 2.
  • philipshaw - July 29, 2010 10:43 a.m.

    Hope Darkness 2 is good because the 1st game was fantastic and extremely under rated
  • EsotericFerret - July 29, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    I just picked up The Darkness last week for all of 5 bucks. if it's good I'll look into the sequel a little more.
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Suicide Squad has had a revolving batch of characters in the roster. Who shall be present and playable?
  • HawtKakez - July 28, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    Too bad I'm unfamiliar with all three of these series. I hope they turn out for the best.
  • FauxFurry - July 28, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    @510Brother Panda Comic books started out with a ton of guys dressed like pro-wrestlers,barbarians/cave men,gladiators,cowboys,police officers and sailors, sort of like an expanded version of the Village People (or your average fighting game cast). They're just trying to keep things diverse by adding similarly dressed women to the mix. Okay,they're also trying to absolutely sure that noone thinks that they're gay-oriented. When they're showing enough superhero skin to build a blog around,that might actually be a valid concern. http://shirtless-superheroes.blogspot.com/ I have somewhat mixed feelings about the Witchblade game based upon the comic incarnation of the character. On one bladed mit,if they include interesting case work in between the combat scenes, it might play out as a sort of hybrid between True Crime and Prototype. On the other claw,the anime rendition of Witchblade might have been better suited to a videogame. Violent super powered hand-to-hand combat meets single motherhood simulator...it could promise to be what Fable 2 didn't quite manage to be in that regard.
  • reaperman22 - July 28, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    YESSS!!! darkness was my first ps3 game and still one of my favorites, i didn't think there was any chance for a sequel cause of the bad public reception it got, seriously you can pick it up for ten Aussie dollars at most gaming stores
  • JayBeat - July 28, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    If Deadpool got his own game i would buy 15 copies of it.
  • TDUBBS - July 28, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    Never really knew much about Suicide Squad, but now that I do they sound an awful lot like the Thunderbolts... Actually I'd rather have a Thunderbolts game. Especially considering their recent line up.
  • Defguru7777 - July 28, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    @510BrotherPanda Don't worry. I feel the same way sometimes.
  • Amnesiac - July 28, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    I want The Darkness 2, and I want it now.
  • stevengibson - July 28, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    oh yeah! the first darkness was under rated i was hoping 4 a sequal
  • darkvare - July 28, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    woo witch blade and darkness 2 i assume expect jackies hero costume to be in is wishful thinking
  • SausageLozenge - July 28, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    Major Disaster is so cool! Way to represent for comics Hank!
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 28, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    I might sound like a total old man prude in saying this, but what is up with the big influx of tits and ass in comics these days? I'm not entirely against it, but it feels so in-your-face like a Victoria's Secret ad.
  • juicenpancakes - July 28, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    This is great news, thanks Henry. I thought that The Darkness 2 was being made, but I hadn't heard news on it in a long time. I was beginning to get worried as to if it would ever see the light of day. It's disappointing that Starbreeze isn't developing it, but I really don't care. I love the comics, and I loved the first game.
  • oba - July 28, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    Darkness 2, give now please! Loved the first one, didn't get the credit it deserved really, awesome game.
  • WickedSid - July 28, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    The Suicide squad is fugging awesome. I hope they don't fugg the game up. reCaptcha: inL&p. Shonnard, What is this... I don't even.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 28, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    Cool, the more the better I say, lets hope that they all come out and are great...

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