DC powers Gears of War comic

Epic Games' sci-fi shooter gets its own series from DC Comics this October; first storyline to bridge gap between original game and sequel.

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DC Comics is all over the gaming world this week. First the publisher announced that it was adapting Sierra's upcoming action game Prototype into a comic book. Today Midway dropped the bombshell that the next installment of its flagship fighting series would be Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, with characters such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion going toe-to-toe with Superman and Batman. Capping off the trifecta, DC has joined with Epic Games to announce plans for comics based on the developer's sci-fi Xbox 360 and PC shooter Gears of War.

The Gears of War comic series will debut in October, just ahead of the November Xbox 360 launch of Gears of War 2. The comics will be published under DC's WildStorm imprint, home to such critically acclaimed titles as Planetary, The Authority, and the America's Best Comics line that includes Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The first story arc of the series will fill in the storyline gap between the original Gears of War and the upcoming sequel. Further details, including the creative team behind the comic, are being kept quiet for now.

Gears of War is not the first Microsoft moneymaker to find its way to comic-store shelves. The Xbox 360 maker's other hit sci-fi shooter series, Halo, was adapted by Marvel Comics into a graphic novel in 2006, and a limited series last year.

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