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Comic Countdown #63: Comics Vs. Games

Posted on March 24, 2013 AT 08:16pm

It’s that time once again! Another week, and another installment of the Comic Countdown! This week will feature a look into comic books and video games, two mediums that seem like a perfect fit for one another. While this has been looked at before, the appearance of the new Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book tie-in allows for a chance to take another look and see which video games have gotten it right in the comic book universe. That being said, it’s time for the Countdown!

#10: Tomb Raider (Top Cow Productions)

While this series is mainly on this list for the crossover with Ms. Croft and Witchblade heroine Sara Pezzini, Lara got her own title back before the new millenium with the company. This fifteen issue series, along with the crossover got her some attention in the comic book world, noted by high quality artwork and a high sense of adventure. Published between 1999 and 2005, these books, while not quite at the upper echelon, are great reads for fans of the Tomb Raider franchise.

#9: Gears Of War (DC Comics)

Taking place in the gap between the ending of the original and the beginning of the sequel, Gears Of War in its 24-issue glory featured Marcus Fenix and his team as they fight the Locust hordes and attempt to win the war. With the writer of the second game on board, this series made an impact on both DC and the Wildstorm imprints, taking a beloved franchise on yet another adventure in this expansive universe.

#8: Dead Space (Image Comics)

Based on the terrifying survival-horror franchise, the six issue series collected in Dead Space: Extraction featured horrifying monsters and an exciting storyline. Image isn’t well known for having a licensed material, but they hit the nail on the head with this one, making sure to do right by the franchise and handle the series with care.

#7: Darksiders (Wildstorm/Dark Horse Comics)

The Darksiders franchise is wildly popular, and with two comics by two different publishers on the market, the exploits of War and Death are well document in their comic book franchises. With one series by Wildstorm and another from Dark Horse, these two comics franchises delve into the depths of the characters and the massive world around them, dealing with the origins of the characters and their dealings with the Charred Council.

#6: Halo (Marvel Comics)

Teaming up with Marvel is a huge accomplishment, creating an extension to the Halo universe that allows for the best and brightest in the comic book community to help shape. with several major titles under its belt, the Halo comic book franchise explored many of the events in between, before, after and through the games, all throughout various points of the franchise’s history.

#5:Batman: Arkham City Unhinged (DC Comics)

A comic based on a game based on a comic, this comic book tie-in to the hit game was a huge success. Fleshing out the city and the story of the game itself, this and the other titles in the history of the series. While this is one of the most important tie-ins for the series,  the franchise that is based on the world’s greatest detective is also one of the better video game tie-ins.

#4: Dragon Age (Dark Horse Comics)

Mostly working with Dark Horse Comics, the Dragon Age franchise has many new developments to add to the rich history of the gaming franchise itself. With new volumes coming out with regularity and several titles on hand, these additions to the popular gaming franchise have done wonders to add to the rich history of this incredibly expansive and deep story.

#3: Sonic The Hedgehog (Archie Comics)

On this list mainly for the sheer volume of the franchise, the Sonic comic book titles have been working hard to expand on the history of the beloved gaming franchise. With several spin-offs and dozens of issues, this franchise is nearly as rich in history and characters as the gaming franchise itself, and with the spoken medium of comics being as it is, the comic book franchise can allow for a whole lot more to be added to the canon of the Sonic universe.

#2: Injustice: Gods Among Us (DC Comics)

Based on the upcoming game, this series takes a unique look at the history of the DC Universe. With all the major characters of the game featured, this title takes all the history and canon of the comic book universe and throws it to the wayside, allowing for major conflicts to get resolved in massive and surprising ways. Major characters get into some impressive situations, and with the resolution of this violent and exciting addition to the game itself, this is one of the best comic book tie-ins existing in the medium.

#1: Mass Effect (Dark Horse Comics)

One of the most successful licensed titles in not only the Dark Horse catalog, but in the licensed medium as a whole, the Mass Effect universe had added several major titles to their universe through comic books. With some based on major characters and some exploring the lives of some of the more minor characters. Some of these additions have also come back around to the gaming franchise itself, with one of the mini-series actually becoming the basis for downloadable content for the latest installment to the gaming franchise, Mass Effect 3. With so much to look at in not only the intense and expansive game, but in the growing Mass Effect comic book universe.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check back next week for more installments to the Comic Countdown!

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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