In advance of New York Comic Con 2018 (Oct 4-7), Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment just announced a new series titled StarCraft: Soldiers. The new ongoing StarCraft comics series will launch on January 23, 2019.
NYCC 2018: Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment Explore the Starcraft Universe
“Starcraft: Soldiers” Set for a January 2019 Release
The exploration of the StarCraft universe continues to new frontiers! Following the success of StarCraft: Scavengers, Dark Horse and Blizzard Entertainment are excited to announce the next series in the StarCraft comics publishing line — StarCraft: Soldiers!
Writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Star Wars) joins Blizzard Entertainment writer Andrew R. Robinson (Overwatch Anthology) on this latest addition to the StarCraft expanded universe. Artist Miguel Sepulveda (Lone Wolf 2100: Chase the Setting Sun, Red Lanterns), colorist Michael Atiyeh (StarCraft: Scavengers, World of Tanks: Citadel), and letterer Steve Dutro (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Plants vs. Zombies) round out this star-studded creative team.
In StarCraft: Soldiers, recently graduated Lieutenant Shivani Singh is eager to defend the Dominion on the front lines. But after she’s posted on the faraway planet of Cavir, she realizes that it will take more than good grades and confidence to survive on the edge of zerg space.
StarCraft: Soldiers #1 goes on sale January 23, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.
The StarCraft: Scavengers TPB goes on sale February 19, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.
Praise for StarCraft: Scavengers:
“A tense, white-knuckle deep space thriller of the finest kind!”—Infinite Earths
“This is the perfect tie-in comic for a video game – something that doesn’t try to recreate the experience of the video game, but instead uses an existing world as a backdrop for an interesting story.”—ComicBook.com
“Good science fiction setting with well-rounded characters. A great glimpse into other parts of the StarCraft Universe.”—Major Spoilers
Source: Dark Horse
Today, the digital version of StarCraft: Scavengers #2 was delivered to all Kindle devices or Kindle Apps.
If you aren’t into digital downloads, or wish a hardcover, you can pre-order the physical graphic novel for StarCraft: Scavengers which is slated to ship on February 29, 2019.
Feel free to read my recent review of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 to get a feel of this comics mini-series.
The digital version of StarCraft: Scavengers #2, is now available for pre-order. It is slated to ship to your Kindle device on August 29.
PC users can download the Windows Kindle App, or simply read it on their Amazon Library using Firefox. Mobile users can read it with the Free Kindle App via Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Otherwise, pre-order the physical graphic novel for StarCraft: Scavengers which is slated to ship on February 29, 2019.
Feel free to read my recent review of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 to get a feel of this comics mini-series.
The solicitations for StarCraft: Scavengers #2-4 are now available from Dark Horse Comics. From the cliffhanger of Issue # 1, and front cover of Issue # 4, we can now determine that what sliced the crew was a Dark Templar. At some point, the scavengers will also be detected by Dominion Forces and caught on the act.
Things are going to get pretty ugly for these scavengers in Dominion space. Far from home.
StarCraft: Scavengers #2
Terran space scavengers find several shocking surprises on the derelict protoss ship they’re hoping to pillage. Will Caleb, a newcomer to this group, discover their leader’s secret mission?
Writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect: Discovery, Star Wars) join forces for a new series that expands the universe of Blizzard’s hit game.
• Produced by Dark Horse Comics in close collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment.
• Writer Jody Houser takes readers on a sci-fi-horror thrill ride in space!
Jody Houser (Writer)
Gabriel Guzmán (Art/Cover)
Michael Atiyeh (Cover)
On sale August 29
The StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 is now available to download and read via Kindle. There are apps for PC and Mobile.
The physical copy of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 is now available as well with the Kerrigan Queen of Blades variant cover by TIMOTHY GREENE II (for $5.25).
The StarCraft: Scavengers paperback (collecting all 4-issues) can also be pre-ordered. It will ship on February 19, 2019.
The art and coloring of StarCraft: Scavengers # 1 looks very solid, and appealing. Background coloring resembles watercolor frescos. I am not sure how much the story will tell us in only 4-issues. This first installment barely scratched the surface and left more questions than answers.
Being from Kel-Moria, all they know about the events in Dominion space, these past years, is basically hearsay and vague. Chau Sara and Kerrigan the Queen of Blades are mentioned too briefly. Characters are not thoroughly fleshed out, either. Out of at least 12 crew members, we only know the name of 5.
The Kel-Morian scavengers, crew of the Magpie ship, infiltrate Dominion space to scavenge a derelict protoss ship found on a decaying orbit around a uninhabited planet.
The idea is that if the protoss ship is about to crash through the atmosphere, there would be no evidence left behind of their scavenging.
It doesn’t matter that it is a dangerous and illegal operation, the crew was told by Captain Theban that the risk was worth the reward, and offered double profits.
The Dark Horse Comics’ StarCraft: Scavengers (Kindle) pre-orders have suddenly changed release date to July 25, 2018 for only $3.99.
Personally, I don’t know if it is a mistake, but when in doubt, if it is there… go ahead and pre-order ASAP. The original StarCraft: Scavengers Kindle page is still there with a February 19, 2019 release date for $9.99.
Writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Faith) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect, Star Wars) join forces for StarCraft, a new series further exploring the expansive universe of Blizzard’s hit video game.
Seen from the point of view of a young, inexperienced engineer, a group of terran space scavengers hope to pull off the job of their lifetimes, ignoring a recent United Earth Directorate treaty to pillage a derelict protoss ship. The scavengers’ dangerous plan is compounded by the fact that the protoss ship is in a decaying orbit above a backwater planet. If their time doesn’t run out and Dominion police forces don’t bust them, will protoss or zerg factions in the outer rim find and execute them?
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Gabriel Guzman
Colorist: Mike Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Gabriel Guzman
With the arrival of the War Chest #2 (Katowice 2018), the StarCraft II: Shadow Wars part 4 is now available.
The next part will unlock in Phase 2 on January 5, and part 6 is slated for February 2. Below there is a recap on what we know so far in the Shadow Wars. You can also read more about the Shadow Wars from our StarCraft II: What’s Next panel transcript.
WIldstorm has released preview images of Starcraft # 6 featuring Jim Raynor and the War Pigs. In this preview we learn that Jim Raynor and the leader of the War Pigs, Cole Hickson, met each other when they served different units during the Guild Wars. Cole Hickson saved Jim Raynor from a dirty situation, and a year later Raynor returned the favor.
If anything this sneak peek reveals a little bit of what Jim Raynor’s outlaw days before becoming a Confederate Marshall was, and very likely — don’t quote me on this — we might learn more about his Guild Wars adventures in the upcoming novel Starcraft: Heaven’s Devils.
Austin: Check out below for an exclusive preview of StarCraft #6 – where we find the War Pigs surrounded by Zerg and about to be incinerated by the Protoss. And things are going to get worse before they can possibly get better.
Simon Furman, Federico Dallocchio and Mike S. Miller are doing a bang-up job on the StarCraft ongoing. Are you guys checking it out?
The War Pigs mourn the death of one of their own, aware that their own days are now meagerly numbered. There’s no way forward and no way back, and an all-out suicidal tilt at Tamsen Cauley seems teh only remaining option. But, behind the scenes, a powerful enemy of Cauley is making his own move. And the War Pigs are a resource “Ghostmaster General” Leonid Celsus could sorely use right now!
On sale January 27, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Mike Miller
Cover by Carlos D’Anda
Starcraft # 4 just arrived home, with a couple of surprises. The War Pigs continue their hunt for Jim Raynor throughout zerg-infested worlds. Their informant, Denny Houston, died in issue # 3 before revealing which of these worlds to find him. Extrapolating the worlds visited by their informant in the past three months, they arrive to Turfa Dei’s homeworld … Planet Agria. Hudderstown Colony. August 13, 2502.
Agria is one of the planets we visited in our Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player hands-on gameplay at Blizzard’s campus back on July 20th. Fans had a shot at the single player at Blizzcon, PAX and GameCon too. The other revelation about Turfa Dei is that he has a high Psi-Index. In this issue, he was able to resist a Ghost sent by the Dominion, and sensed it. That places Turfa Dei—one of the members of the War Pigs, as a free Wrangler.
Starcraft Ghost: Nova by Keith R.A. DeCandido introduced for first time the concept of a wrangler (categorized as a Psi-index 3.5), and the recent story War-Torn by Paul Benjamin and Dave Shramek in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 3 made good use of another wrangler named Randall (awesome character on the chaotic-evil and cynical-sarcastic level). It will be very useful for the War Pigs to have a wrangler among their own, able to sense nearby Ghosts, or resisting psi-attacks not only from ghosts, but … from Kerrigan and the Zerg?
It’s pretty good to see the comic book so early introducing planets and plots that tie-in with the Starcraft II single player, echoing Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson’s words of creating a cohesive universe across the licensed products and the game.
I am somewhat wondering why there was no solicitations for December. I might have answer from DC Comics / Wildstorm on that soon. You can subscribe to the Starcraft Comic Book here
The War Pigs are getting closer and closer to hunting down renegade marshal Jim Raynor, but obstacles and internal conflict continue to muddy the mission waters. Far-from-gentle giant Turfa Dei confronts the ghosts of his past while the team faces off against present day ghosts—the Dominion’s elite and deadly.
Written by: Simon Furman
Art by: Federico Dallocchio and Brian Denham
Cover by: Federico Dallocchio
Variant cover by: Shawn Moll and Sandra Hope