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The 8 best comics based on video games

Adaptations are usually met with mixed reviews, and video game comics are no exception. While movies and TV shows cater to broader audiences, comics can typically reach fans with many crossover interests, making them a popular choice for video game franchises to branch out.


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However, comic book fans are all too familiar with hyper-stylized connections with an odd touch of the Bronze Age of comics, because whoever ordered the series hasn’t read a comic since 1980. But every once in a while gamers and comic book lovers are rewarded with a series done right, with dedicated artists passionately working on a new part of a beloved universe.

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1. Overwatch Anthology: Extended Edition

Overwatch anthology comic

This anthology is a collection of short stories about a handful of playable heroes in Overwatch 2 and builds on the one released in 2017. With stories about McCree/Cassidy, Symmetra and Junkenstein, this volume adds new stories such as: Doomfist: Masquerade and Zarta: Search.

Being a collection of works by multiple artists, each story has its own style and tends to have a tone that matches the protagonist’s personality. Each page has beautiful color work and the writing was clearly done by Overwatch team members and talented superfans. Fans who want their favorite characters to have a little more spice definitely need it Overwatch: Anthology on her bookshelf.

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2. World of Warcraft

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In MMORPGs, lore is something that players can easily get enough of. Finding books, doing quests, or simply waiting for an NPC to finish their sentence (instead of just waiting for a quest marker to appear), all of which help create an immersive experience for players. But of course, World of Warcraft is too big to include online, so fans can explore the world even more through the exciting comic book series!

With a full cast of characters diving headlong into explosive action scenes, this comic book is meant to be a feast for the eyes. The art is very detailed and the plot, while not necessarily a nuanced story, offers plenty of combat, magic, and drama that fans will love to see. Originally released in early 2008, this series spans four volumes, making it the perfect dose of World of Warcraft art and storytelling for veteran and new players alike.

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3. Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog comic book

Just like the video game, this comic can be a bit childish at times, but overall it’s a lot of fun to read. Featuring fan-favorite characters like Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and even Shadow, Sonic’s adventures stay true to the game while keeping the signature “cool kid” attitude and humor closely tied to the writing. The graphics mimic the game surprisingly well too! Each page looks like a Sonic game cover, and action scenes are clearly styled after animation rather than standard comics.

A quick read for adult fans and a great introduction to comics for kid gamers. Sonic the Hedgehog is a whimsical, nostalgic video game comic. This series is still ongoing, Volume 13 will be out in paperback on February 7th, 2023, so there’s plenty of time to catch up on Sonic’s adventures with his friends!

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4. Minecraft: Wither Without You

Minecraft withers without you

Minecraft: Wither without you is a YA graphic novel aimed at older Minecraft fans. The story follows two adventurers trying to save their mentor with the help of a newfound magical friend. The art is a fantastic mix of detailed and bubbly, with a color palette that’s less obtrusive and more true to the game.

With this comic, the writing goes far beyond the typical Minecraft fare. Not only is the dialogue realistic, it’s hilarious! The writing aligns with many YA graphic novels, using puns, puns, and visual gags to land jokes perfectly. wither without you manages to create a unique story that feels true to Minecraft and its players, successfully bridging the gap between games and comics.

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5. Cuphead: Weird Antics & Oddities

cup head vol 1 comical hijackers and oddities

If the golden age of animation vibes that Cuphead exudes is your thing, then Cuphead: Weird Capers & Oddities must be added to your library. A fairly standard adventure, what makes this story shine is the perfect vintage art style, vibrant color work, and writing that captures the spirit of Cuphead with expertise.

The overall aesthetic keeps the story free of surprises and creates plenty of opportunities for comedy. This light, fast-paced comic makes a very enjoyable read, even for those who may not have played the video game. For those who like vintage style comics even in the age of great superheroes and heartbreaking visual novels, Cuphead: Weird Capers & Oddities offers a refreshing reading experience.

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6. Mega Man

Mega Man Comic 1 got the games started

MegaMan by Archie Comics in 2015 but remains one of the best adaptations of this story to date. While the original Mega Man games don’t offer all that much story, there have been many expansions through television, books, and art over the years that provide a lot of context to the world of Mega Man.

This comic series can be hard to come by, but it has 10+ volumes and uses a retro anime art style that many readers will enjoy. The plot itself isn’t overly complicated, but it features fully fleshed out characters, fantastic action scenes (they have lasers!), and excellent moment-to-moment writing. Aside from the wonderful nostalgia MegaMan is truly a great series for video game and non-video game fans alike.

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7. Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team

Cyberpunk trauma team comic

The comic book, based on Cyberpunk 2077, follows a new cast of characters with a familiar story: a job gone wrong. Fans who watched the anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunner will really think the story is something they’ve heard before as it revolves around a medic who gets into a gunfight, loses most of his friends and decides to get revenge.

That’s the biggest catch with this comic: The story is very vanilla. It’s been told over and over again, and the readers aren’t really shown anything new. Apart from that, you will be shown many exciting things. The art used to depict action scenes is expertly executed, with the color work and small details perfectly capturing the atmosphere and overall dark mood of the franchise. Fans looking for an extra bit of cyberpunk style in their space won’t be disappointed with this volume, and they might even enjoy hearing a different story set in this dystopian world.

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8. Mass Effect: The Complete Comics

Mass Effect complete comics

This omnibus collection offers Mass Effect fans all six comics released to date in one volume. Each story focuses on characters that fans are very familiar with and offers more depth through backstories and vignettes not directly related to the games.

The art and writing can be good or bad depending on your tastes, but overall this comic blows the park. Most importantly, the overall feel of the world of Mass Effect is clear and present in this omnibus. There’s the colorful diversity of aliens and humans, the undertones of disparity between those with power and those without, and of course the horrors of outer space, ranging from fleshy zombies to political meetings. Mass Effect fans who want to continue their journey through the Mass Effect universe will find plenty to keep them entertained in this massive volume.

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