Top 10 Video Game Comics: No matter how long you play a video game, there’s always more to discover, especially in the story. Video games have a beginning, middle, and end, just like any other art form.
The good news is that there are media tie-ins that make these worlds bigger and give players and fans more world-building, characters, and stories to play with.
Comic books might be the best tie-ins for video games because they have both pictures and words, which makes them similar to video games. And the best video game comics of all time are good for both gamers and readers.
Even if you only look at Western comics, there have been many video game comic books published in the last 30 years. They range from fantasy role-play to horror epic.
Among them, the following 10 standouts capture the worlds of their original games and add to them at the same time without sacrificing quality.
Cyberpunk 2077 caused a lot of controversies before it came out, and CD Projekt Red’s poor handling of its release led to dozens of bad reviews.
Players were still interested in the game’s open-world design and the overall story, which has been told in other ways since then.
One of these is the Cyberpunk 2077: Trauma Team series from Dark Horse Comics. It follows the character Nadia as she works for Trauma Team International.
She is the only one left alive after her team is killed, and she has to deal with the trauma as she is put on a new team and has to go back into the world. It’s dark, dirty, and painful, but it’s a beautiful book to read overall.
Titan Comics started putting out Assassin’s Creed books in 2014. Each one adds to the world of the Ubisoft games with longer stories, more history, and new places, such as Salem, Massachusetts during the Witch Trials and the Inca Empire, among others.
In 2020, Dark Horse Comics published a prequel series to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which gave them the rights to make new comics about the game. Like the games themselves, these comics have a lot of different things to offer, so almost anyone can enjoy them.
Batman: The Arkham Saga
The Arkhamverse is still known as one of the best superhero role-playing games of all time, and the comics that go with it are just as good.
The Arkhamverse comics, which were published by DC from 2009 to 2015, give the show the depth and character growth it needs. In 2019, a collection came out. It may not be enough to satisfy fans’ desire for more video games, but it does give them more content.
The Dragon Age comics from Dark Horse explore the huge fantasy world of one of BioWare’s best games. Since Inquisition came out in 2014, fans of the Dragon Age video game series have been eagerly waiting for the fourth game in the series.
These comics are a good stopgap, especially for fans who want to know more about the history of the Mage-Templar war and how magic works in Thedas.
Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels was published by Dark Horse in 2021. It had The Silent Game, Those Who Speak, Until We Sleep, Magekiller, and Knight Errant in it. The second book in the series, Dragon Age: Wraiths of Tevinter, will come out on August 23, 2022.
It will include the stories “Deception,” “Blue Wraith,” and “Dark Fortress.” Players who want the Dragon Age story to move forward might not like these, but readers who like high fantasy and players who just want to spend more time in Thedas will love them.
Dark Horse’s Mass Effect comics fill in the gaps between the original trilogy’s games and give history and background for DLC missions, like Liara’s mission in Mass Effect 2 to kill the Shadow Broker.
The Mass Effect comics will appeal to both die-hard fans of the game and people who just want to learn more about it. The art is very dynamic and colorful, and the writing is sharp and understands the impact of the original trilogy and its great story.
Written by a player and fan of the game, Ale Kot, the original Bloodborne comics perfectly capture the mood of the gothic horror game.
Everyone’s experience with games like Souls is different, but this version of the game feels right. Since this first series of Bloodborne comics came out in 2018, Titan Comics has put out a lot more, but this first, magical series is where it all began.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman turns into a tyrant after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis with a nuclear bomb. This is one of the darkest takes on DC superheroes.
Batman tries to stop him by putting together a team of heroes from another universe. Players of the video game fight it out with heroes they know and love, like in Mortal Kombat.
The comic version of this fighting game, which has won a lot of awards, is a bit more philosophical. As their ideals are constantly put to the test, readers have to figure out how to make sense of the choices their favorite heroes and villains make. Just what is it? When does it make sense?
Life Is Strange
Titan Comics’ Life Is Strange began as a four-part limited series based on the same-named video game. Since then, it has grown into a six-volume story with more than 20 issues. The last book came out in May, and anyone who loves the game and cares about the characters and relationships should read the whole story.
Even people who don’t know much about the game will enjoy the comic series. The art is warm and evocative, and the writing is witty. This does feel like a huge epic that stands on its own.
Dark Horse and Mojang Studios have made a series of graphic novels based on Minecraft. This is in addition to several guidebooks, children’s picture books, and even I Can Read! books for kids.
Since Minecraft is a “sandbox” game in which players can pretty much do whatever they want, graphic novels have a wide range of characters, stories, and settings, all of which are strongly rooted in the Minecraft world.
Silent Hill is one of the scariest horror games ever made, and the comics from IDW Publishing get the mood just right. In these books, the lives of different characters in the Silent Hill universe are explored.
This not only adds to the world-building as a whole but also gives readers their own, very scary stories with graphic narratives that are just as immersive as the video game.