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Jim Lee To Draw Covers For Gears of War Comics

Wait, there's a Gears of War comic?

UPDATE: Here's the cover in question.
Most of you guys know by now that we run a pretty awesome comic book site side by side with Giant Bomb. While you'd think that would make me really excited about crossovers from games into comics I really can't name many outside of the Dead Space series that were actually worth reading. That said I'm actually super curious about the Gears of War comic books that Wildstorm's been pumping out the last few months. I know I'm likely in the minority here but I'll honestly say I've enjoyed the Gears games more for their environment and world then their gameplay.

It seems that my curiosity for the series will have to finally be fulfilled now that Wildstorm head honcho Jim Lee plans on doing artwork for the covers starting with issue #9, due out in July. For those not into caped crusaders, Lee is essentially the artist in the industry and usually makes the comics he works on worth picking up even if the writing is complete garbage. The guy somehow even made that whole Batman Hush nonsense bearable. That said, I actually really enjoyed Brandon Bradeaux's work on the previous covers, which have been nothing short of epic for fans. I attached some of his art from the last couple issues.

What do you guys think of cross-overs from games into comics? Do they work, or do you see them more as a cash-in?


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Posted by snide
UPDATE: Here's the cover in question.
Most of you guys know by now that we run a pretty awesome comic book site side by side with Giant Bomb. While you'd think that would make me really excited about crossovers from games into comics I really can't name many outside of the Dead Space series that were actually worth reading. That said I'm actually super curious about the Gears of War comic books that Wildstorm's been pumping out the last few months. I know I'm likely in the minority here but I'll honestly say I've enjoyed the Gears games more for their environment and world then their gameplay.

It seems that my curiosity for the series will have to finally be fulfilled now that Wildstorm head honcho Jim Lee plans on doing artwork for the covers starting with issue #9, due out in July. For those not into caped crusaders, Lee is essentially the artist in the industry and usually makes the comics he works on worth picking up even if the writing is complete garbage. The guy somehow even made that whole Batman Hush nonsense bearable. That said, I actually really enjoyed Brandon Bradeaux's work on the previous covers, which have been nothing short of epic for fans. I attached some of his art from the last couple issues.

What do you guys think of cross-overs from games into comics? Do they work, or do you see them more as a cash-in?


Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Not doing much for me. Then again I was never a video game comics fan to begin with....or a comics fan for that matter.

Posted by Weltal

Meh. I really don't care about the story in Gears of War so I can't see any reason to read a Gears comic.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

whats next?? a GoW movie?

Posted by Pazy

Oh ye I cant wait to see what Marcus did before he got drafted into the army, I love his deep, rich character...............

Edited by Crono

Gears dialogue:

Marcus:  These fucking aliens are fucked!
Dom:  Fucking right!
Cole: Fuck yeah!
Baird: I'm funny!

Posted by Splitterguy

I read two of the Gears comics and I didn't really like them.  I felt like I was reading an ad saying "DUDE YEAH GEARS" the whole time.

Posted by dQuarters

The inker is not doing Jim's pencils any favours.

Posted by crusader8463

9/10 its just a crappy cash in when they do it, but mathematically something good has to come of it at least once.

Posted by Oni

Hush, NONSENSE?!?!

You are dead to me, David Snider.

Posted by snide

@Oni


I know. You think I'm a game snob with my RPG tastes, wait till I start talking about comics!
Posted by Delta_Ass

Hush *was* nonsense, just like most/all of Jeph Loeb's work.

Jim Lee on Gears of War... eh, that's sorta disappointing if you think about it. I mean, Gears of War is just about a bunch of big burly men in bulky armor, and while Lee is certainly capable of drawing that really well... he's usually best at drawing amazingly gorgeous women. In very revealing attire. Just don't think GoW has much of that. GoW doesn't have much of a story either, but uh, c'est la vie.

Posted by snide

Updated the story with the cover in question. Thanks to G-Man over at CV.

Posted by captainawesomo

If done right a comic book can flesh out the story of universe by leaps and bounds. The most recent one that comes to memory is the dead space books. Those were great in every aspect. Epic created a universe with a lot of potential but have wasted most of that potential by focusing all the effort on mindless killing gameplay which is NOT bad but the games could have been so much richer in story content. Hopefully the comics will portray the universe as it deserves to be portrayed.

Posted by iAmJohn

AW, COME ON!!!

Posted by Reverseface

Crayon Time muthfukas draw that SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT

Posted by algebratwo

Jim Lee is Asian?

Posted by Daniel_Newton

I demand a cover depicting a chainsaw duel.

Posted by MeatSim

I think they can because Video Games have a certain level of ridiculousness similar to what comics have.

Posted by GeekDown

Gears of War is the first game-crossover i've read and I really like it because it has the same style as the game.

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Wait, there's a Gears of War comic?


Wait, there's a Gears of War story?

Didn't the story of the second game basically boil down to 
"Shit the locust are trying to sink the city let's stop them"
"Wait, sinking the city has somehow become a good idea, let's go do that"
with a slight side-story of Dom "I'm looking for my wife"

I can't imagine Lee is doing this because of the fantastic Gears story, I'd bet he's just trying to pay the bills which is fair enough really.
Posted by Vigorousjammer

I'm not much into comics, but I do enjoy them from time to time...
I'm not a serious collector or a regular reader or anything, though...

I definitely think I've seen Jim Lee's art style in a few other comics. That stuff is pretty fuckin' awesome, so I'm glad he's on board.

Overall, I think video game to comic crossovers can work if they're done right.  and from what I've read of the Gears of War comics (The one that came as a pre-order bonus with Gears 2) I think they're definitely doing it right.

Posted by pause422

I can't imagine the awesome dialogue these will have. "I'm taking fire!" Shit!, I'm down! Revive Me! " all throughout every page.

Posted by Sanj

Jim Lee is legend!

Posted by MilkmanDan

If this is as good as the Dead Space comic was, it should be worth checking out.  I mean, even if you never played Dead Space, the story still stood on its own.  I certainly enjoyed it more than the direct-to-video cartoon (no offense to those who liked the latter).   Many of the Warhammer comics were entertaining as well.

Posted by Derios

Jim Lee draws the best capes.

Posted by RawShark

Congratulations for all the "HURH GEARS IS BULLSHARK TESTOSTERONE SOAKED SO WHY BOTHER" posts guys. Seriously, that's a new standpoint on the series.

It's a good hard sci-fi universe that deserves fleshing out. Sure, it's presented in that Epic way, but as long as you're secure in your sexuality, I think you can get past it.

Posted by GHT

I don't know what happened to all my Wildstorms CCG cards. I left them in my closet when I moved out of my dads house and when I came back there was nothing in there but clothes.

Posted by Media_Master

cha-ching!