Today, Dark Horse let one of their SDCC announcements out early: a new limited series based on a popular game franchise. BioWare’s Dragon Age series of roleplaying games is getting a comic spinoff later this year, and the story is being written by rising legend Greg Rucka. If you’re unfamiliar with Rucka’s work, rectify that immediately (here’s a good way to start, and it’s free).
As a big fan of RPG games, and of the Dragon Age series, Rucka felt a lot of pressure to create a narrative that did the series justice, and he believes he succeeded. It was no easy task due to the malleable nature of the games — depending on the decisions players make, one person’s game may differ completely from another’s. “We’re talking about a roleplaying game where your decisions as the player radically influence what the world looks like. […] I want for you to read the comic and say ‘This fits with my playthrough.’ And I want that to be the case for everybody who comes to it.”
You can check out Dragon Age: Magekiller for yourself this December and see if Rucka pulled it off. See Dark Horse’s press release below for the full details.
ACCLAIMED WRITER BRINGS A NEW, ORIGINAL ‘DRAGON AGE’ STORY TO DARK HORSE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This December, Greg Rucka enters the world of Thedas for an all-new chapter in Dark Horse Comics and BioWare’s Dragon Age comics.
Running parallel to the events of the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition video game from BioWare and Electronic Arts, Dragon Age: Magekiller introduces two new characters to Dragon Age lore: Tessa and Marius are mercenary partners, eliminating those who use blood magic to hurt others, but when a powerful patron employs them, they realize this next job may be their last…
“I think the effort that Bioware has consistently put into every on of their roleplaying games—we can talk about Mass Effect, we can talk about Dragon Age, we can talk about Jade Empire, you can go down the list—is really stunning,” Rucka told Polygon. “I know with Dragon Age in particular, we’re talking about a fantasy setting that is probably one of the most fully and beautifully realized examples of world building that we’ve seen.”
Illustrated by Carmen Carnero (Cyclops) with covers by Sachin Teng, Dragon Age: Magekiller is the beginning of a new adventure in the world of Thedas and an essential addition to the Dragon Age canon. For more information, check out Polygon’s exclusive interview with Greg Rucka.
Don’t miss this perfect entry point into the epic dark-fantasy world of Dragon Age! Preorder your copy of Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 today from your local comic shop.
Dragon Age: Magekiller #1
Greg Rucka (W), Carmen Carnero (A), Sachin Teng (Cover)
On sale Dec. 16; FOC Nov. 23
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.