NUMBER 2- FRUITS BASKET
Torhu Honda is an orphan who lives with the huge Shoma family that hold many secrets. One day she just happens to find one of them out when she bumps falls and bumps into three of her house-mates and they transform into animals! Confused, she wonders what's going on, when Shigure, Kyo, and Yuki tell her (in animal form too!) that each member of the Shoma family turns into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac when hugged by the oppisite sex! Kyo, the one who turned into a cat, is the animal who was left out of the Zodiac is thus left out of the family. Now, as a token for helping her and giving her a room, Torhu feels it's her job to help him get included, and to break the curse that binds them for their entire life. While living at the Shoma house, she meets multiple members of the family and learns more and more about the dreaded curse, and their head of the family, Akito, who holds them to it. But will she be able to break the curse, and how will she handle school and her unsaid feelings for Kyo and Yuki, and how will she handle seeing Kyo's "true" form, and his terrible fate awaiting him as the member who was left out?...
Number 1- DRAGON HEAD
It's the end of the school year, and students are on a train back from their feild trip to Tokyo. While going through a tunnel, something terrible happens leaving the train in ruins and everyone dead. From this accident, only three survive- a young boy who wants to go home, a psycho boy who is always bullied, and an unconsiouse girl. They soon relize that both exits are blocked by rubble, and that they have limited food and water. Plus they only have a flashlight and a radio that only picks up static. Unsure of how they will get out, they stay together and wait until someone rescues them. But one day they hear something on the radio, and what they thought was just an earthquake turns out to be much worse- the entire world is dealing with the same problem. Soon one boy goes psycho, saying that monsters are out to get them, and the other boy becomes horribly homesick. How will the threesome survive, and what will become of the girl? Is anyone else alive down there, and are those "monsters" actually real? And what is really happening to the world outside?
Comics and Manga for Gamers!
Some people are Metal Gear Solid fans, who yearn for another adventure of Snake. Other people are Wow fans who just like to sit in front of their computers all day and level up their characters. Some people are just over-excited fanboys (or girls) of Final Fantasy. Some people are just into the ****cs from Nintendo, while others just gotta unleash their inner child with some Pokemon battles. Whatever you're into, there is always fans like you out there who draw comics for their favorite video games for other hardcore fans. I'm gonna list a few manga and comics that have been out for a while, along with some upcoming titles.
Street Fighter Series
The Street Fighter video games have spawned a wide amount of manga- from fan made to the storyline of the Street Fighter video games. The newest one is Street Fighter Alpha. Pictured above is volume one of Street Fighter 2, while Street Fighter 3 is coming soon to bookstores near you. Though they may be a little pricey ranging from $10.99 or more, it's worth is for any Street Fighter fan.
The Hellgate games have been getting pretty popular, from a series of toys to novels and even a manga. If your a fan of the series or just a person who likes hellish, apoctolyptic futures with fearsome beasts and random holes leading to other hellish demensions, then this is a must-read.
Devil May Cry Series
Devil May Cry 4 may lack a manga, but every game that came before has one on sale now. If the manga starts to get a little old, you can always swap for the novels. If you're just a DMC fan who wants to relive the first game, or just wondering what kind of demon-killing missions Dante is doing in his time away from the video games, look no further than the Devil May Cry manga.
We all remember those old-school games we used to play at the arcade before we went to get some pop at the roller-skate cafe when lava lamps and bell bottom jeans were all the rage. So how about reliving all those ****c arcade wonders by getting your joy-stick hand on Atari Force- a comic crossover featuring characters from Defender, Berzerk, Star Raiders, Galaxian and more. Better save up some of those quarters!
You played the games, saw the movies, and are actually someone I know who actually is a big fan of BloodRayne. If you apply to everything listed above, then you should check out the 8-shot series of BloodRayne. The comic features scenes not seen before in the games or movies, like a battle against werewolves.
Brothers in Arms
Okay Call of Duty fans, settle down now. It might not be COD, but Brothers in Arms is practically the same thing. For anyone who is starting to get tired of WW2 video games, try some comics instead. The Brothers in Arms feature the characters in the games, but unlike the games in focuses much more on friendship and brotherhood, among those is not letting your team mate get a bullet through the head while you laugh- since you're probably the one who did it...
Have you always wanted to see what it was like in your favorite Nintendo games as you save a princess or rescue planets from an invading alien force? Then look no further than Captian N, where a single boy and his dog must team up with Nintendo characters like Pit Mario and Samus to save the world on Nintendo!
City of Heroes
If you love Spider Man, Bat Man, Ghost Rider, or any other superhero comic book, then you should try this out- even if you haven't played the games on the PC. The comic follows the story of heroes Apex, a martial artist, War Witch, a witch with elemental powers, and Horus, an Egyptian themed hero as they fight off evil together via Justice League ****
The game has yet to be released, but now you can pick up the comic to see what this demonic alien-survival game is about. This is a prequel to the video game, so it won't spoil any of the game for you but instead probably help you understand the characters' situations a bit more. If you want the animated comic, then click here- Click Me!
This one-shot pre-release focuses on the backstory of the Technocyte virus, a disease that transforms people into violent mutated beasts. When the virus gets out of control and becomes a threat to the entire world, a single infected CIA agent must find a way to stop it from spreading.
This is one crazed-up manga even for people who never even heard of the game should try out. It has everything, from a catwomen who was raised by nuns and wants to be a musical star, a werewolf karate master, and a zombie who slam dunks his enemies like a basketball.
Okay, this is a really bad mistake that never got to see another volume again because of its terrible dialogue, horrible take on the storyline, and really inaccurate deplictions of in-game weapons. But if you're a hardcore DOOM player, you should pick this up- that is if you can find it since a lot of people probably recycled it...
Gears of War
Gears fans will be happy to hear (if they haven't all ready) that a Gears of War comic is on it's way Oct. 2008. Pre order now, fans, this might become hard to find once the 2nd game is released. While you're at it, pick up some action figures from BigBadToyStore today!
While you go to your local GameStop to pre-order you copy of Halo Wars if you haven't all ready, stop by your local Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of this wonderful Halo comic. While at the book store, make sure to pick up some of the Halo novels- another nice addition to any Halo fans collection. You can display this awsome book among your hundreds of Master Cheif action figures!
Metal Gear Solid
Those of you who finished up the 4th and final game are most likely already wanting more of Snakes adventures. I mean, some people are playing Brawl just to play as Snake one more time. These comics may be rare since a limited amount were published, but it's worth it to endure another of Snake's adventures. And remember Metal Gear Solid fans with PSP's- Metal Gear Solid Didgital graphic novel is available, though both offer the same story based off the first game.
Won't your parents be proud to see their child reading a Mortal Kombat comic book! But hey, at least it's not Grand Theft Auto! Still, if the comic is as violent (yet as strangely addicting) as the games, then you should totally pick this up used on EBay. It's worth it to see your parents faces once you show it to them (only if the know what MK is, let alone what a video game is- a lot of parents don't...)
I know a lot of people who love these games. And hey, the newest Perfect Dark game is being developed as we speak (or type). So do yourself a favor and pick this up before it becomes even more harder to find... Oh, and there is also a novel called "Initial Vector" for anyone interested.
The game might not be out yet, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a copy of the comic, that was (or is) being released this month. Alex Mercer is a mutated shape-shifter who wakes up with a terrible case of amnesia. Now he sets out to figure out his forgotten memories.
Resident Evil CODE Veronica
Resident Evil may just as well be as popular as Halo or Gears of War... If you are a crazy Resident Evil fan who loves the series, a horror fan who isn't afraid of a ltlle blood, or just someone who likes to see people get their insides eated out by a zombie- then this is for you. It has the same horrific plot and action of a Resident Evil game minus the annoying controlls and crappy camera! Lets just hope no zombie dogs will be jumping through windows...
There are multiple Silent Hill comic series out there including Dying Inside and Among the Damned, all of them are just really hard to find. If you enjoy the terrifying and hellish storyline of the video games or the movie, then you should try these out. It may be noticably more American than the video games, and it is a little bit confusing at times, but any fan should read at least a volume of them.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is probably the most well-known videogame-based comics out ther, and shares nothing with the games at all. From fighting Dr. Eggman's destructive machines, to stopping an evil hedgehog from taking over the world, it has everything a Sonic fan would want. Even though it's clearly aimed for younger fans of the series, that doesn't mean a senior fan can't get enjoyment out of this old-school comic.
Super Mario Bros.
No, just no.... Trust me: unless you're a hardcore Mario fan or a collector of the top worst comics, then don't get this. It DOESN'T even feature Mario, but instead his idol Dirk Drain-Head as he fights off Bowser and saves...pipes... Yeah.
Like other crossovers like The Darkness and Witchblade, the Tomb Raider comic doesn't follow the same exact storyline. It is also available in black-and-white manga form.
Sly Cooper's comic follows the same concept as the video games- the master theif Sly Cooper and his two friends sneaking around and pulling off the biggest heists others have failed to do.
World of Warcraft
The Wow fans have seriously increased in the last few years. You may be one fan in millions who loves anything Wow. If you're a high-ranked nerd of the game who sits and plays non-stop, or just a fan who enjoys the immense story of the game, the Wow comic is a great addition to youre gaming fandom collection, or you can display it right next to that $800 statue of your lv. 72 blood elf.
There are three .hack manga out right now- Legend of the Twilight, a chibi version of the first games based more off the anime, XXX, one that is closer to the first games and features a more grown-up feel than Legend of the Twiligh, and GU, based off the semi-new games that takes the popular online game The World and places it in a more relistic futuristic World than the last one- where Player Killers roam the streets and the legendary Key of the Twilight's mystery returns as the few that believe it exists chase after it, leading them to dangers worse than a Game Over...
Tales of Symphonia
If you're a hardcore Tales fan who enjoys Symphonia the most out of 'em all, then you should get this. Even if you can't read Japanese, it proves how big of a fan you really are. Who knows, it the Wii Tales of Symphonia game becomes big, this might just get translated to English...
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Mr. Wright sure made a lot of fans since the first game was released, huh? If you're a fan of the game or just someone who likes Case Closed, CSI, or any other detective show, you might want to check this out. It's comming to America sometime this year, so get ready!