New York Times best-selling author, and multi Eisner-award nominee Ian Edington (2000 \AD., Batman), and artist Cam Adams (Fallout World) have been tapped as the creative team to bring the world of the hit-game franchise Killer Instinct to the pages of comics for the first time ever! Slated to launch on September 13th, the new series will provide fans of the series with epic new adventures set within the game’s stunning game-play universe!
The Shadow Lord Gargos has been defeated, but the battle to save humankind from his Astral invasion has taken a terrible toll on the Earth. Our world lies in ruin, and a sinister new power called the Coven has risen from the ashes, vying with the megacorporation Ultratech to rule the shattered nations. The heroes Kim Wu and Jago—their Astral powers weakened by their devastating war against Gargos—must band together with the scattered remnants of the Night Guard to forge a pathway into the Astral Plane. Here, in the birthplace of The Shadow Lord and The Guardians, festers the secret malevolence that threatens to destroy them all…and enslave the world forever.
Writer Ian Edington said, “Killer Instinct has a colorful and diverse cast of characters, each with their own rich back-stories and with plenty more tales to tell. The Killer Instinct pantheon effectively comprises a superhero universe and it’s hard not to get overwhelmed with the wealth of riches there is to work with. I’ve taken a dozen or so characters - Kim-Wu, Jago, Aganos, Tusk, Aganos, Kan-ra, etc, and built a story around them that’s self-contained but can spring board into other series if need be. I’ve structured it to appeal to die-hard Ki fans and those coming to it cold. You won’t need any foreknowledge of the game to enjoy it. Likewise, there will be plenty of nods and easter eggs to the game for Killer Instinct fans. I’ve had a huge amount of fun writing this series. It’s a fantastic world to be permitted to play around in.”
Ian Edginton is a New York Times best-selling author and multiple Eisner Award nominee. He is the writer and creator of Stickleback, Helium, Kingmaker, Leviathan, Brass Sun and the renowned UK science fiction comic 2000AD. He has written for Judge Dredd, Batman, Wolverine, X-Force, Uncanny X-Men and Stormwatch as well as Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Doctor Who. He also wrote Scarlet Traces and Scarlet Traces: The Great Game, the Eisner Award nominated sequels to HG Wells, The War of the Worlds. In addition, he has written for the video game properties Kane and Lynch, Dead Space, The Evil Within and Assassins Creed. He lives and works in Birmingham, England.
“Killer Instinct has always been a killer game”, said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite’s CEO and Publisher. “By bringing on widely celebrated writer Ian Edington, we’re confident this is going to be a killer comic book series as well!”
Killer Instinct is based on the popular video game franchise originally released in 1994. The fighting game is owned and published by Microsoft Studios. The 2013 game serves as a reboot of the franchise after a 17-year long hiatus since its last title, Killer Instinct 2, was released in 1996.
The debut issue of Killer Instinct features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Yildiray Cinar (Teen Titans), Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja), interior artist Cam Adams, and Udon (Streetfighter), respectively. Limited variant editions in "Black & White" and “Virgin” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
Killer Instinct #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' July 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Killer Instinct #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.