EVE Online’s Comic Book Will Tell Player-Created Stories

By Graham Smith on October 14th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Someone's mum, in playfully insulting way.

I’ve never heard of a “comic book” before, but I can only assume they’re a degenerate art form produced by adolescents. Which makes them pretty exciting, actually. Unfortunately the people who normally come up with the stories for comic books are too rubbish, and so now Dark Horse Comics are making them about things that happened inside a videogame. EVE: True Stories is a new four-part series based on the player-created events inside EVE Online, the vast space-faring MMO about transferring small icons into floating space boxes, but also occasionally piracy and betrayal and enormous space wars.

The first part of the comic will tell the story of the fall of Band of Brothers in 2009, one of EVE Online’s most notorious alliances, of which I was briefly a member. Jim wrote about the backstabby details at the time, under a title that probably should have been the name of this comic series. Daniel Way, author of Wolverine: Oranges, is writing the series, and the first issue is due on February 19th. The series will then run through to April next year, with a hardback hitting on June 4th.

The comic is part of a broader attempt by CCP to gather and tell the stories of the EVE Online universe, which started earlier this year with a website of the same name and the announcement of the EVE Online TV series, which Brendan discovered while wandering around in a sulphur-fuelled bender in the rocky wastes of Iceland.

Normally these cross-promotional brand-extension books-of-the-movie-of-the-game tie-ins are total bunk, and things you leave lying around your home so you have something with which to wipe up spilled drinks. CCP’s commitment to telling the stories players have created inside the game makes this more interesting, though not as interesting as EVE: Valkyrie, which I have played twice and is all I ever think about.

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21 Comments »

  1. Didden says:

    In the comic, the door opens.

    • DevilSShadoW says:

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  2. wu wei says:

    Ah, so that’s why Way quit Thunderbolts.

  3. Gap Gen says:

    The Formalists would argue that this is unlikely to be funny and therefore cannot possibly be a comic.

    • Don Reba says:

      The key is in the delivery, kid.

    • The Random One says:

      Surprisingly, “tragic books” never caught on.

      • Gap Gen says:

        When I get a newspaper, first thing I do is skip to the weepies page, whether it’s Garfield’s bleak depiction of depression, overeating and soul-crushing loneliness, Calvin and Hobbes’ ode to the unknowing innocence of childhood and its irreversible loss, or Dilbert.

  4. SwENSkE says:

    Band of Brothers was an Alliance, not a corporation.
    Member corporations were Evolution, Reikoku, Destructive Influence and many more.

    If you’ve been a member of BoB you should also know that BoB was never famous for being ‘big’ but for a lot of other things.

    I might’ve even shot you while fighting the bobbits.

    • Graham Smith says:

      Good point. A poor choice of words, and I’ve fixed it.

  5. Lone Gunman says:

    Graham Smith’s alive!

    I can read his words here now :)

    • Gap Gen says:

      Actually, he passed from this plane a thousand years ago; all news posts are the fruit of his arcane precognition, details of upcoming game updates and tie-ins foretold by his orb of seeing and transcribed upon electrick parchment for submission to the Press of Words.

  6. Sardonic says:

    I hope the comic book being about BoB means the TV series will be about Goonswarm.

    • Geen says:

      Oh god. The glorious jihad campaign. The burning of Jita. It would get all the flak for ‘promoting terrorism’ what with all the suicide fighters, and the ensuing shitstorm would be absolutely hilarious.

  7. Generico says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how you can make a comic of “true stories” about the world’s greatest and most costly rube-Goldberg device for collaborative spreadsheet editing.

  8. airmikee99 says:

    In space, no one can hear you read.