The usual turn of event is that the comic comes first and it later becomes a movie or an animated feature. Sometimes, people mix it up a bit and we see comics coming from movies and cartoon. However, there is one category that spawned from this – comic books based on video games. Here are a few that you may want to consider taking up. Fair warning, there are a few spoilers ahead, so be very careful if you have not played these games and plan to do so in the future. We’ll try to keep them to a minimum.
Mass Effect: Redemption
Four main games and four spin-offs stand as a testament to the franchise’s popularity. The alien races, the role-playing choices we make and the third-person shooting action are just a few things that make this game series special. It isn’t surprising then that there are 6 comic book series and seven other one-shots, two of which are interactive. Mass Effect: Redemption deals with what happened shortly before Mass Effect 2. The comic was released in 2010 and, like many other comics in the franchise, it was written by Mac Walters.
UDON did a fine job of capturing not only the personal motivation of each character in the story but the action that was present ever since the first game came out way back in 1987. We get to see Ryu’s struggle against getting taken over by Dark Hadou, as well as his special relationship with Ken and Sakura. There is also the attempt to thwart the plans of Bison. If the classic series are not enough for hardcore fans, the comic books branched out and evolved into several series and mini-series. We recommend Legends and Origins.
Another fighting game franchise that stood the test of time. It is interesting to point out that the original Mortal Kombat from 1992 was criticized for being too violent, due to characters being impaled, broken, and burned. That was just 2D pixels. These days with Mortal Kombat X, you get to see bones shatter with specific punches and kicks and the story is even darker.
The comics follow the main franchise well. For the fans of Mortal Kombat X, there is the Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties series. If, however, you’ve enjoyed the crossover between this franchise and DC heroes, you may enjoy Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Beginnings.
Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice
One of the best co-op first-shooter zombie-survival games. If you are unfamiliar with the series, Left 4 Dead puts you in the shoes of one of four survivors with guns that need to shoot their way through hordes of the undead just to get to the next safe house. If ordinary walking corpses aren’t enough, there are a few that present a bigger challenge, like the Boomer, a fat Infected that explodes, the Hunter, a predator that snatches you and pulls you into the shadows, and the Witch, the crying and nigh-unstoppable thing of nightmares. Still, they are nothing compared to the Tank.
In the comic, the group is rescued but is forced to escape from the overrun military outpost. Some choices have to be made to save the group. One of these is featured in the game’s finale in the bridge, so the fans can already guess what’s going to transpire.