Blizzard Teams Up With Dark Horse For the Overwatch Anthology

first_img ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke… The story of Overwatch is one you only get in tiny bits and pieces in the game itself. Some players are quite okay with this and are not playing Blizzard’s newest game for cut-scenes and dialogue. They are there for competitive play and to rise in the ranks. But if you’re like me, you want to know a little bit more about the story and world in which you are casually dropping thirty plus hours a week into. Luckily for some of us story fans, Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1 does just that. But let’s first delve into the early creation of this game topping phenomenon.Overwatch is a series a lot of gamers had been waiting for their whole lives but never knew they wanted. A first-person shooter that is more than just tactical weaponry and camouflage. Something a bit lighter in tone but not too watered down. Leave it to the ace team over at Blizzard to bring us exactly what we all have been secretly craving. But even the gaming giants at Blizzard were unsure what to bring to the table. Before Overwatches creation, Blizzard was working on an MMO title called Titan which was much different in tone. It was said to have been game that looked to have the cinematics of StarCraft II, and the character designs from Pixar’s The Incredibles. After the success of games like Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, Blizzard immediately halted production on Titan and within that same year, shifted all their talents to a new team-based shooter titled Overwatch.This colorful series starts out with the creation of the Omnics. These are androids created to help build and advance the people of earth’s way of living. But like all good science fiction tropes, the Omnics turned on humans and an all-out war raged on. The UN then combined each countries forces to bring an end to the crises. Thus Overwatch was born. The main strike team however only consisted of five members. Reinhardt Wilhelm, Torbjorn Lindholm, Ana Amari, Jack Morrison (Soldier 76) and Gabriel Reyes (Reaper). After the war finished and the end of most of the Omnics was all but confirmed, the UN needed to keep and maintain peace once more. To help do this, Numbani in West Africa became the center of human and Omnic cooperation; while a group of Omnic monks from the Himalayas who claim to have souls were granted permission to stay and help keep the peace.This is where the bread and butter of the Overwatch universe really come into play and where the game itself takes place. CGI rendered animated shorts were created to tell a few stories before and after the game released, but these were mainly character driven and came out pretty sparsely. However, to get more stories out to fans quickly, Blizzard teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to release a comic series. These would focus on each character like the animated shorts, but overtime ends up filling in missing pieces to the overall story arcs while opening doors to completely other questions entirely.Blizzard has been posting these comics to there site since its release in 2016. The writing team consists of Blizzard alumni such as Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Andrew Robinson, James Waugh and of course, Overwatch senior story writer Michael Chu. Artists Bengal, Chamba, Nesskain, Joe Ng, Espen Grundetjern, Miki Montllo and Gray Shuko draw up some amazingly beautiful panels for this series; all unique to each character’s story and atmosphere.  Dark Horse Comics has finally collected all twelve issues and has released Anthology Volume 1 in stores today. These stories focus on McCree, Reinhardt, Junkrat & Roadhog, Symmetra, Pharah, Torbjorn, and Ana, but also hint at other main characters stories within their own. We also get a wonderful looking into the thick of the Omnic battle in the Uprising story, along with touching moments in the two-holiday shorts Junkenstein and Reflections. I will personally say that the Junkenstein story was everything I ever I wanted out of an Overwatch Halloween comic! From the members of Overwatch kicking back in their alternate outfits enjoying  pints of ale and a good laugh, to the beautifully drawn and haunting story told by Reinhardt trying to catch a fright out of McCree and the gang (fingers crossed for a sequel Junkenstein story this month!)Like most collections, this one adds a few pages of concept art and early costume designs for certain characters. Overall this is definitely a must for any Overwatch fan, casual or not. Even if you do not play the game, I think comic readers will really enjoy the characters and their worlds depicted within the pages. Who knows, It might make you even pick up a controller.You can purchase the hardcover of Overwatch: Anthology Vol. 1 here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img