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You got your WoW in my comics! You got your comics in my WoW!

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New York, NY – DC Comics, the world's largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment®’s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Preview art from the series will debut at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 26–29. The World of Warcraft comic book will be published through DC’s WildStorm imprint and debut this fall.

The ongoing monthly series will be written by industry veteran Walter Simonson (Thor, Orion) and feature art by Ludo Lullabi and inker Sandra Hope. The first six issues of the World of Warcraft comic series will each feature two covers, one by superstar comic book artist Jim Lee and a second by Blizzard Entertainment Senior Art Director Samwise Didier.

The Warcraft® series has been a pillar of gaming culture for over a decade, with multiple #1-selling titles. Blizzard’s World of Warcraft MMORPG allows thousands of players to explore the rich, war-torn setting of the franchise together, and has attracted more than 8.5 million subscribers worldwide. The Burning Crusade, the first expansion to World of Warcraft, recently shattered PC game sales records by selling more than 2.4 million copies in its first 24 hours of release and approximately 3.5 million in its first month.

The first storyline of the new ongoing series begins when a human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there. Enslaved by an orc shaman, the man must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde. He strikes uneasy relationships with other races in his quest to find the secrets of his past.

ABOUT DC COMICS:
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC super heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.

ABOUT BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft and the Warcraft , StarCraft® , and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com ), a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes ten #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

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  • IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The art is pretty rad, but I have a real distaste for the subject matter. The 'canonical' Warcraft information doesn't even make sense to me, let alone the peripheral stuff.

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  • SalmonOfDoubtSalmonOfDoubt Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I was going to make some sort of joke about recycled art and level grinding but I just don't have the heart.

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I don't think it's at all a bad idea. As long as they come out with the comics a lot quicker then they did with that three-part 'manga', I think it could work out pretty well. Especially if they do Taurens right.
    Wonder if Walt Simonson's got a E-Mail address. Now where did I put that folder of screenshots of my game-character..

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    Well


    Simonson's a good writer, he wrote some of the best Thor ever and his Orion was fantastic. Both dealt heavily with magic and fantasy and the like.

    So, at least we know it has a good chance of being at least decent.

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  • IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Well


    Simonson's a good writer, he wrote some of the best Thor ever and his Orion was fantastic. Both dealt heavily with magic and fantasy and the like.

    So, at least we know it has a good chance of being at least decent.

    That all depends on whether or not Blizzard has a stranglehold on their IP right now. I wouldn't put it past them to contain what happens in media other than their game, if for no other reason than to preserve the 'lore' they use to generate game content (i.e. no killing major characters, no creating especially powerful ones, and no changes in the political landscape).

    As terrible as the underlying story of Warcraft is, millions of people just eat the shit up, so I doubt they are prepared to let someone else influence things that have bearing on their game.

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  • TachTach Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'm a part-timer on WoW, and I'm actually digging this quite a bit.

    The only thing that would make it better is if Simonson was doing the art as well. He's in my top 5 faves.

    That being said- those promo pieces look awesome.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    I hatehatehatehate that Jim Lee cover.

    Armor doesn't work that way.



    LOOK AT HIS ASS.

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I hope this comic captures all of the excitement of grinding five nights a week for an upgrade that may or may not ever drop.

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  • Synthetic OrangeSynthetic Orange Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I was just going to say that cover looked like it was straight out of a 1990s time capsule.

    I didnt notice it was Lee. D:

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Yeah, that cover is not only awfully drawn, but the poses are awful too.

    Unless they are trying to show an orc about to utterly rape a paladin, because that's the only thing that can logically follow from that shot. Somehow, I had a feeling they were going for a more "evenly matched clash of weapons" approach.

    All in all, very unexcited, some of the promo art is okay but that's about it. And I really have no faith in them being able to make a good story out of WoW.

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

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  • IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

    Come on now, you play WoW. I'm sure you know that position has no bearing on your block chance.

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  • augustaugust where you come from is gone Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I wish Jim Lee was just really bad all the time. It's very confusing.

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    Pac Man's character is difficult to explain even to the Japanese -- he is an innocent character. He hasn't been educated to discern between good and evil. He acts more like a small child than a grown-up person. Think of him as a child learning in the course of his daily activities. If someone tells him guns are evil, he would be the type to rush out and eat guns. But he would most probably eat any gun, even the pistols of policemen who need them.
  • The_LightbringerThe_Lightbringer Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I think the stylized art really matches WoW's graphics theme, its shaping up real nicely.

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I think we are all forgetting the fact that they appear to be fighting in lava.

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  • IrohIroh Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Fire resistance gear.

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  • The_LightbringerThe_Lightbringer Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    +Fire Resistance Aura

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Iroh wrote: »
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

    Come on now, you play WoW. I'm sure you know that position has no bearing on your block chance.

    Well...he could technically be behind him, in which case he can't block.

    Oh god I am nerdy, even by GV standards.

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  • AlgertmanAlgertman Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    If it's anything like the game every five issues will have a different arc. The new arcs story will be the same as the last one. It will just have different art

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    i don't know anything about world of warcraft. i liked the first three warcraft games, but i don't generally do online games. if this had the same art from the warcraft II manual, i'd be all over it though. that art fucking ruled

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  • vinhjvinhj Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

    Wouldn't blocking underneath the armpit with a giant shield eliminate any leverage from the attacker?

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  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    vinhj wrote: »
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

    Wouldn't blocking underneath the armpit with a giant shield eliminate any leverage from the attacker?

    The orc has two axes, though.

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  • OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    vinhj wrote: »
    Wait...why is the Paladin blocking that orcs SHOULDER? It's pretty clear there's a weapon right about to hack his armpit apart.

    Wouldn't blocking underneath the armpit with a giant shield eliminate any leverage from the attacker?

    What the hell gives? Don't all comic covers, and for that matter, the interiors, work on the same level of ridiculousness? And complaining about the armored ass seems weird considering all the spandex wedgies that are always going on in the superhero side of things.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    i guess if you only read comics drawn by jim lee

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  • HooraydiationHooraydiation Registered User
    edited July 2007
    You wouldn't expect much from this sort of thing, but I actually kind of like the Street Fighter comics that UDON has been putting out, especially the Sakura series.

    And I'm sure there's more to the plot of WoW than there is to the Street Fighter storyline.

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  • OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Servo wrote: »
    i guess if you only read comics drawn by jim lee
    Well, seriously... The complaint here seems to be that the orc and the whatever are just posing on the cover instead of actually being in realistic fighting stances. Is this unusual in comics? Really?

    Or clothing/armor not working the way it does in real life?

    Hobbes: Is Amazon Girl's super power the ability to squeeze her figure into that suit?
    Calvin: Nah, they can all do that.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    Dude, there's a pretty big difference between spandex, which would give you a wedgie, and plate/chain armor, which I don't think would and if it did you would chafe like hell.

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  • PantheraOncaPantheraOnca Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Dude, there's a pretty big difference between spandex, which would give you a wedgie, and plate/chain armor, which I don't think would and if it did you would chafe like hell.

    wd-40.

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  • Highlander_77Highlander_77 Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Dude, there's a pretty big difference between spandex, which would give you a wedgie, and plate/chain armor, which I don't think would and if it did you would chafe like hell.

    What's with all the Jim Lee hate in here? Personally, I can't get enough of his work...I think he's a brilliant artist.

    It looks to me like the part of the leggings covering his ass is actually cloth, not metal. It can't all be armor. I mean, how exactly would complete leg armor that was constructed out of one solid, continuous piece of sheet metal work exactly? Seems it would be kind of hard to move your legs in something like that.
    The armor design is a pretty accurate recreation of the Lawbringer paladin armor set from the actual game (I wouldn't expect anyone who hasn't played WoW extensively to know that, of course), so you can't entirely blame Lee for the armor design anyway.

    As for the poses...they seem plausible enough to me...certainly by comic book standards, at any rate. If I have any issue at all with the pose, it's that the Paladin seems to have his torse twisted a little too far in the direction of the viewer, given the position of his legs. In fact, given the direction his torso is pointed, I don't think we should even be able to see any part of his ass at all...

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  • FeathersMcGrawFeathersMcGraw Registered User
    edited July 2007
    I'm not sure why I'd want to shell out money for a WoW comic when there's Dark Legacy.

    But Simonson at least has me thinking about it.

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  • TavTav Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I was skeptical. Then I saw Thunderfury in the promo art. I'm now hooked.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    Er...I'm pretty sure there's gonna be a difference between a published licensed comic written by a professional author and drawn by a real artist versus a terribley drawn webcomic.

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  • Highlander_77Highlander_77 Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'm not sure why I'd want to shell out money for a WoW comic when there's Dark Legacy.

    But Simonson at least has me thinking about it.



    Wow. I'm honestly not sure if the goal of that strip is to attempt to make me laugh...or to make me want to commit seppuku with a spork...

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    Orogogus wrote: »
    Servo wrote: »
    i guess if you only read comics drawn by jim lee
    Well, seriously... The complaint here seems to be that the orc and the whatever are just posing on the cover instead of actually being in realistic fighting stances. Is this unusual in comics? Really?

    Or clothing/armor not working the way it does in real life?

    Hobbes: Is Amazon Girl's super power the ability to squeeze her figure into that suit?
    Calvin: Nah, they can all do that.

    if you're basing your impressions of all comic art on a reference to a calvin and hobbes strip from fifteen years ago, i think i see your problem

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  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    That's a rather odd pose. The knight must have to maintain that position constantly in that armour, moving around on skates or something. His greaves perfectly fit the contours of his asschecks D:

    Magic elastic platemail? That's a high-level item or something, right?

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  • AlgertmanAlgertman Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Orogogus wrote: »
    Servo wrote: »
    i guess if you only read comics drawn by jim lee
    Well, seriously... The complaint here seems to be that the orc and the whatever are just posing on the cover instead of actually being in realistic fighting stances. Is this unusual in comics? Really?

    Or clothing/armor not working the way it does in real life?

    Hobbes: Is Amazon Girl's super power the ability to squeeze her figure into that suit?
    Calvin: Nah, they can all do that.

    Orcs ain't real

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  • Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The PIT, level 26Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Orogogus wrote: »
    Hobbes: Is Amazon Girl's super power the ability to squeeze her figure into that suit?
    Calvin: Nah, they can all do that.

    Off topic, but the last time I read that joke, I thought that 'figure' meant 'action figure.' I didn't really get that joke.

    I didn't get a lot of Calvin and Hobbes at that age.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    i thought the same thing when i was younger, actually

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Well, it can't possibly be worse than some of the City of Heroes comics.

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Corvus wrote: »
    Well, it can't possibly be worse than some of the City of Heroes comics.

    I remember reading one about a millionaire archer who felt bad that he spent so much money on trick arrows and not much money on helping people in need.

    I had to check to make sure he wasn't wearing any green.

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