Above: The first Payne made signature use of comics for its cutscenes, with original writer Lake playing the detective
Remedy's Sam Lake and Rockstar's Dan Houser will both work on the titles: Lake was responsible for scripting Paynes 1 and 2 (and, notoriously, for providing Max's signature lemon-munching scowl in the first game) while Rockstar co-founder Houser is Max Payne 3's lead writer. Spanish artist Fernando Blanco, known for his work on comics including Army of Darkness and Manhunter, will illustrate, with covers by Greg Horn.
The first Max Payne comic, After the Fall, is set for a free digital launch on the Rockstar (opens in new tab) and Max Payne 3 (opens in new tab) websites in the next few weeks, with the third game itself still set for a mid-May launch. We explored the game's multiplayer modes in our most recent Max Payne 3 preview (opens in new tab).