Mass Effect comic arrives Jan. 6

BioWare senior writer Mac Walters working with Dark Horse Comics on sequential art edition of sci-fi RPG; story fills in gap between original and upcoming sequel.

BioWare's Mass Effect has been widely praised for its reaching story, garnering praise enough for ex-Marvel Comics CEO Avi Arad to option the rights to adapt the game into a film last year. As it would turn out, Mass Effect will also be receiving the comics treatment proper. BioWare parent, Electronic Arts, today announced today the game will be elaborated with a new comic series, with the first issue hitting newsstands on January 6.

Messing with an asari can have unforeseen consequences.

In collaboration with Dark Horse Comics, BioWare will create the comic Mass Effect: Redemption, which will bridge the storyline from the end of Mass Effect to the beginning of the upcoming sequel, Mass Effect 2. The first installment of the four-part comic series promises to introduce unseen locations, enemies, and aliens.

The story will be written by BioWare's lead writer Mac Walters, the scriptwriter behind the second game. Mass Effect: Redemption will be scripted by John Jackson Miller, the writer behind the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, and will be drawn by Omar Francia, who has worked on several issues of Star Wars: Legacy. Dark Horse Comics is the publisher for Star Wars both series. Walters and Francia will be at Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego on July 24 to sign Mass Effect cards.

Dark Horse Comics has adapted previous series into comics, such as Aliens, Star Wars, and Serenity. Mass Effect 2 is expected to arrive during EA's current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2010. For more information on the upcoming game, refer to GameSpot's past coverage and the E3 stage demo video below.

Written By

Want the latest news about Mass Effect: Galaxy?

Mass Effect: Galaxy

Mass Effect: Galaxy

Follow

Discussion

56 comments
Echo_742
Echo_742

Absolutely getting this on PC :)

forhekset
forhekset

It's gunna be confusing with a comic hitting just before the second game, and the way you can carry over past game changing desicions from the first game over to the second, and how/if that will effect the second games roster at all. Gunna be hard to figure out what's actually going on.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Jan 26 hurry up and get here, can't wait to get my hands on the comic as well.

mbashour
mbashour

not sure if i want to use a previous profile for me2 or not...hm...but looks sweet. glad its coming to pc right along with 360 instead of a port

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

man it is a long way to 2010....can't wait for it ...I think I will play the first one again and again until I will have the second one

GodMin
GodMin

Was watching the video and then I noticed I started to hit my WASD keys and moving my mouse :( cant wait for this game

geedotherodian
geedotherodian

I'm gonna get the books soon but idk about comics

apolloooo
apolloooo

the first was amazing and so the second, i want to know how the story continued! it's damn amazing

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Comics or not, this is going to be a sick game!

c_mcafee
c_mcafee

I would buy anything with the Mass Effect label on it.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

... I am down with any graphic adventures.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Sweet! So instead of bridging it in game where it should be done, they are going to force me to buy a comic!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Only 4 issues - don't get excited! Just marketing.

shkar
shkar

this might actually make me interested in comics once again.......I like everything Mass Effect

Alcheaus
Alcheaus

this is effin sweet! the books were great. now we get a comic too *squee* @_@ ima dork..wow but i'm still stoked

abosh1
abosh1

i really cant wait for this game!!!

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

Finished advancing ALL my characters (soldier, tech, sentinel...etc.) to level 60. Now let's see if I can REALLY advance them beyond in ME2. Dec can't happen fast enough!

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

I cant wait for this game! Its everything!

valuum
valuum

If theres any franchise that could transition well from games to movies, it would be Mass Effect. I have no doubt that it would happen eventually. Though, if Boll has even the slightest connection to it, I might have to pass.

simonsworld
simonsworld

indeed a movie might not be far away, comics are fine etc only going to boost mass effects already cult following status, to maybe a more mainstream market i not sure where that leads, but it cant be a bad thing as long as its done well, and keeps with in the mass effect persona,and yes been waiting for what feels like 3 years for mass effect 2,screw you santa my christmas starts in january! woooooooo! (yes am a ric flair fan)

KaizerChief
KaizerChief

I'll read it. I love Mass Effect so if its more of the good ol' ME then god yes.

vexum
vexum

what's with the comic and who will read it anyway?

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Bidding for the movie rights will soon commence.

Sechu
Sechu

The mass effect universe is very intriguing. I looking forward to the comics, too

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

December is toooo loooong a wait for this game!! lol

sonictank
sonictank

Thats gonna be wicked and now i MUST buys.

NuKkU
NuKkU

serisously every game has a comic now lol

drewdogg58
drewdogg58

they gotta announce dlc while announcing comics and ME:Redemption becuase they been saying they gonna have another dlc and many theories are pointing to huge dlc that is after ME1 ending to fill story line between ME1 and ME2 and intruduce whats going down for ME2

S3XYT1M3
S3XYT1M3

when i saw the release date i pooped myself a litttle

gamerguy845
gamerguy845

good, but ... I don't want to read comics. Didn't they promise us another DLC that was going to fill in the gap? because this doesn't look like DLC.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Mass Effect is the best Action-RPG game ever released. I'm very excited for Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect has such an amazing storyline and plot. The novel for Mass Effect really was a great book that kept you interested. I have very high hopes for this comic book.

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

I really hope that there will be a film......the comics don't interest me

uberjannie
uberjannie

@PabloEscobar20 ; then you are slow. I did 100% of the game with all the side quests and collected all the tags and minerals and whatever. It only took 38 hours. That includes the hour I ran around like a sheep looking for the last keeper.

uberjannie
uberjannie

Do you want to do a renegade action, jump to page 12. To do the paragon thing, jump straight to page 15.

PabloEscobar20
PabloEscobar20

Awesome news,i just got Mass Effect few days ago.Been playing it for over 20 hours and im still not even half way done.The second one is gonna rock.One of the most addicting and fun games i ever played.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

AWWW YEAH. I love the books, the comics; man this thing is such a Sci-fi nerdgasm.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Being a huge ME fan I am looking forward to this. I guess it's most likely going to be a "separate" bridge between the ME1 and ME2 compared to the second book Mass Effect Ascension which came out last year.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I want the game not the comic

LordDeArnise
LordDeArnise

If the comic miniseries make a good link between the end of ME1 and the Prelude to ME2, then I'm up for it. Bioware rules! Let's hope EA does a good of a job with the sequel as Microsoft GS did with the first one.

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

it will be good if the comic comes with the game, i know i am just dreaming.....

Sabriel_Ysane
Sabriel_Ysane

I am really looking forward to this. I am a huge ME fan. Those two are right, if you haven't read the books, you're missing out on some good storyline. I didn't see too much dialog, which is one thing I really enjoyed about the first one. However, I'm sure it's there. Also didn't see any different types of Commander Shepard other than John. So I really hope they kept that feature. Thank you Ray, Greg, and Drew for an awesome story! Now I wish I had an I-phone...

AOldDog
AOldDog

@Captain_Tom : Dude, the world evolves around money, the software company's have their production costs to cover, i 4 1 don' blame them. I will like to see in the future games that come out 4 20~30 euros/dollars and then give me the opportunity to enlarge my experience with that particular game with 5~15 euros/dollars.

Captain_Tom
Captain_Tom

Screw that. How about you put that in the game instead of trying to make us pay as many times as possible for the new story? I really hope Bioware don't forget that they are so loved and respected because they make a great game before they expect some profit. We really don't need another profiteering EA.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Can't wait, but would rather have had it today. ~grin~ The comic book idea isn't very exciting as I prefer novels and a DLC would have been a great way to bring us into Mass Effect 2. Oh well, will just have to keep playing the first one while I wait.

JrSlacker
JrSlacker

If all this said is true, the comic will be great.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

i'd much rather have the actual sequel than having to play an iphone game and read comics...