Ubisoft has played with comic adaptations of some of their video game adaptations in the past, even self-publishing some. This time around, they're teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment on a new release of their Splinter Cell comic. Nathan Edmondson, writer of The Activity, Black Widow, and Punisher takes on the story of Sam Fisher with artist Marc Laming for Splinter Cell Echoes.
What's more, the comic book is in-continuity with the current video game series, taking place between the games Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist, bridging the gap in the stories and leading directly into the latter. The comic starts with a retired Sam Fisher trying to put together a civilian life. Unfortunately, the new terrorist organization KROWE pulls him out of retirement. Ubisoft worked directly with the creative team, but also let them work to create their own story.
"With Ubisoft, Marc Laming and I had the unique opportunity to take on one of the most successful and recognizable franchises in video games," says writer Nathan Edmonson in a press release. "I'm telling a full and original story that stands on its own as an action-espionage tale that we're both proud of, bringing a narrative element to the thrill of the game in a way that only a comic can do."
Laming, a Dynamite veteran, says, "it's really good news that the publisher is going to be the home for Splinter Cell Echoes." The artist promises "a rattling good spy-fi yarn full of the sort of story elements that Nathan does best," and says the series will be great for Splinter Cell fans and newbies alike.
Splinter Cell Echoes was previously released as part of a limited Collector's Edition of Splinter Cell Blacklist, and this is the first time it's being made available in wide release. The series will run as four issues from July to October, then in a collection. Each issue will include all-new behind-the-scenes material never previously available.