RAGE comic book set for June release!

Greetings earthspawn. As the European multiplatform release date of RAGE gets closer (September 16th), more teaser content is being released by the info-harpies at Bethesda…

The latest is the announcement of a RAGE comic book, which follows the newly updated RAGE website (if you haven’t been yet, http://www.rage.com/) that reveals more gameplay information. On the site you can also check out an original song composed for the game, ‘Burning Jacob’s Ladder’ by Mark Lanegan of Queens of the Stone Age fame!

RAGE game comic book release

The comic is being published by Dark Horse and will become available June 22. It’s a three issue series written by Arvid Nelsion (Rex Mundi) and pencilled by Andrea Mutti (DMZ). The events in the comic will be set prior to the game but should provide some insights into the game’s storyline and universe.

The game’s creative director Tim Willits has been directly involved in the comic’s creation and takes a bleak stance on the post-apoc vibe: ‘one woman discovers that the survival of humankind doesn’t necessarily mean the survival of humanity. The Earth has been devastated by a collision with an asteroid, with a tiny fraction of the population surviving in life-sustaining Arks buried deep below its surface. Those who survive emerge to find a wasteland controlled by a global military dictatorship called the Authority. But a rescued scientist learns that the Authority has lied to her and the other survivors about how this new world came to be.’

Pretty straightforward fare of course and it’s likely that the grittiness will be watered down by the schlock trigger happy style of the game, but if you like being a pissed off Mad Max mutant sort of person then it should be the setting for you.

Those of us who have played RAGE on the iPhone/iPad will know that the game’s vibe is heavily geared towards a gore and black comedy mash up- but also promises pretty visuals and a certain sleek style, perhaps somewhere between Bulletstorm and Borderlands. The new site tells us much more about the actual gameplay involved in RAGE, from the locations to the weapons. My favourites have to be the Wingstick ‘handheld guillotine’, somewhat like a razor boomerang, and the crossbow- I’ve never disliked a game with a crossbow.

Everything looks good so far and I love this recent game to comic trend- two lovely geeky formats that can only complement each other. Roll on September.


by Bret

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