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9 Comic Book-Themed Video Games You Should Read

It's time to switch off and go to bed. But you still feel like playing your favorite game. Well, since you're in bed and need to relax, why not? read your favorite game instead?

Many major titles have been adapted from your PC or game console into comic book format, with invariably good results, though not always as immersive as the original.

Where should you start?


With its humorous take on the space western genre and its refreshing mix of RPG and FPS, the Borderlands games have proven to be one of the most successful games in history.

Now it's time to get some background on the stories.

Available on Kindle and in print is Borderlands:Origins, Volume 1, a four-issue collection that explains how the game's main characters launched together on the bus...

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Based on the 2007 action RPG of the same name for Windows, set in post-apocalyptic London, it is a four-issue comic book adaptation by Ian Edgington and illustrated by Steve Pugh.

This particular adaptation adds a slightly different look to the game, but while the narration and dialogue may lack the energy of Pugh's artwork, it's certainly worth checking out. Copies of the collected graphic novel can be found on Amazon along with individual issues.

Released through Dark Horse Comics, this edition was included in the game's Collector's Edition release. In addition to the comic series, a novel trilogy, written by Mel Odom, was also published.

street fighter

Probably not the most obvious gaming franchise to become a graphic novel, Street Fighter is best known for its focus on fighting and a variety of characters that could potentially win them all, assuming you knew the right combinations for their best moves (or were happy) to smash the keyboard without prejudice or skill).

First released in 2003, the currently 54-issue comic series offers a detailed, character-driven narrative of the events of the games. It's an interesting approach, one that has resulted in a popular series that ran until 2010 and was revived in 2013.

The best place to start this series is at the very beginning, and you can pick up Street Fighter Classic:Hadoken Volume 1 on Amazon.

Force of freedom

It wasn't one of Marvel's mutant teams from the 1980s, but rather the group of heroes that starred in a couple of real-time tactical RPGs from 2002 (Freedom Force) and 2005 (Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich). Led by The Minuteman with other garbage-laden Marvel and DC Comics items, a comic book adaptation of the first game was released in 2005, partially in promotion of the sequel, through Image Comics.

Extremely hard to come by (although you can find them on eBay from time to time), Freedom Force's six-issue series features Jack Kirby-esque artwork (like the game itself) by Tom Scioli and a sextet of impressive covers. /P>

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The halo graphic novel

Desperate to play Halo on your PS4? Well, tough:you can't. However, what you can do is enjoy the Halo universe through sequential art or comics.

Set in the halo universe of the 26th th century, The Halo Graphic Novel is a collection of four stories by a quartet of different authors and illustrators (Moebius, Lee Hammock, Jay Faerber, Tsutsomu Nihei, Brett Lewis, Simon Brisley, Andrew Robinson) and is a great starting point for the the entire expanded universe of Halo comics published by Marvel (other examples include Halo - Fall of Reach:Covenant)

Silent hill bus

The Silent Hill series of horror games is not content to be divided into a couple of feature films. 4 Video Games That Will Truly Terrify You [MUO Gaming] 4 Video Games That Will Truly Terrify You [MUO Gaming] Video games are capable of capturing much of the excitement and feeling that comes with movies and other forms of entertainment. That said, video games always seem to have trouble making people laugh and... Read More created by Keiichiro Toyama have also found their way into graphic novel format.

First released in 1999 on the original PlayStation, the series has continued on all formats including PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, with a new game expected for PS4 in 2016.

From 2004-2008, the Silent Hill comic series was written by Scott Ciencin with illustrations by Ben Templesmith, Aadi Salman, Shaun Thomas, and Nick Stakal, and published by IDW.

Collected works can be purchased on Amazon and all comic series are available on ComiXology.

The Legend of Zelda

You might well expect a Legend of Zelda comic book series to be as extensive as the game series; you would be correct. Since 1990, Manga adaptations of the RPG series have been published regularly, with series bearing their name and based on the events of the latest installments of the long-running game franchise.

Akira Himekawa, Yuu Mishouzaki, and Aturu Cagiva have all contributed stories and adaptations to the comic series, which is as much a part of the Zelda franchise as the games.

Be warned:this is not a comic series you can dive into. With over 20 years of stories and adaptations, you'll have to tread carefully so you don't feel completely overwhelmed! Several collected releases are available on Amazon.

dragon age

BioWare launched its Dragon Age series in 2009 with Dragon Age:Origins, which continued through Dragon Age II in 2011 and just saw a third installment in Dragon Age:Inquisition. Should I buy Dragon Age:Inquisition? Should You Buy Dragon Age:Inquisition? Can Inquisition create a unique identity among all the RPGs it strives to emulate? Read more.

In addition to these games, a collection of spin-off media has been released, of which web comics and print comics have been a key element.

Among the most interesting are David Gaider's Dragon Age:The Revelation, which was released on BioWare's website in 2010, and the print releases; a six-part IDW series and a trio of graphic novels, with Orson Scott Card contributing to the series. These published graphic novels can be ordered through Amazon, while the IDW series is available on ComiXology.

Dead Space

The Dead Space series of survival horror games first came to PCs and consoles in 2008, and like other games featured here, it has spawned several spin-offs, including a series of comics and graphic novels. .

As each installment of the game has been expanded on the 26 th Century set and developed the narrative of survival horror, so comics and graphic novels have sought to expand the context and tell new stories set before, during, and after the events of the games.

Ian Edginton and Antony Johnston are among the authors of the graphic novels (Johnston also wrote the 2008 comic book series prequel to the animated film Dead Space:Downfall, one of several animated films based on video games. 11 Animated Films Based on video games [Watch] 11 Animated Movies Based On Video Games [Stuff to Watch] Action adaptations of video games are usually pretty terrible The original Street Fighter movie is a good example of how the film industry gets it wrong and even the most recent adaptations and modern ones like Doom... Read More) that have been released by Titan and IDW and are available for purchase online, such as on Amazon.

Your favorite video game themed comics

We've given you ten of our favorite comics based on video games. The real list, however, is much larger. Did we miss something obvious? Are there any video game, comic book, or even one-shot themed graphic novels that we somehow overlooked?

Now is the time to let us know. Leave us your suggestions in the comments..