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"No Rules.
No Problem."

- StarCraft comic tagline(src)

StarCraft
StarCraftComic Logo1
Author(s)

Simon Furman

Editor(s)

Ben Abernathy.[1]
Shannon Eric Denton, Kristy Quinn[2]

Interior artist(s)

Federico Dallocchio (primary, 1st arc)
Zach Howard (StarCraft OGN)
[3]
Mike S. Miller (primary, 2nd arc)[4]
Carlos D'Anda (back-up)[5][6]
Brian Benham (secondary)[7]
Milen Parvanov (colorist)[1]

Publisher

DC Comics (Wildstorm Productions)

Published

Monthly issues (starting May 27, 2009, ending January 20, 2010)
StarCraft: Book 1 (April 7, 2010, June 25, 2010 and May 11, 2011)
StarCraft: Issue 0 (July 27, 2010)

Format

Comics
Hardcover anthology
Online[8]

Series
StarCraft #0
StarCraft: Book 1
StarCraft #1
StarCraft #2
StarCraft #3
StarCraft #4
StarCraft #5
StarCraft #6
StarCraft #7
Original graphic novel

A StarCraft comic covering events prior to StarCraft II was published by DC Comics (Wildstorm). It centered around a team of outlaws, the War Pigs.

The first arc lasted 7 issues[9][10] and was published in StarCraft: Book 1.[11]

As of December 2010 the comic is available for sale online at Comixology.[8]

A character significant to the entire StarCraft universe was to be introduced in Issue 4 and was to become a main character in the second arc.[9] They were revealed to Leonid Celsus in the submission for the 8th issue.[12]

DevelopmentEdit

Wildstorm wrote the comic, but Blizzard Entertainment employees such as Chris Metzen, Andy Chambers, and Micky Neilson acted as story consultants for the series.[13][14]

Blizzard carried out at least one change in artistic style and writing. Shawn Moll was on the original team.[15] The new team consist of Simon Furman and Federico Dallocchio.[13] By the second arc, Mike Miller was to take over the primary artwork.[12]

Second ArcEdit

The comic was originally a monthly ongoing series with twelve expected issues.[16] On December 16, 2009, DC Comics reported the series was canceled after issue 7. Instead, it intends to refocus its efforts on a series of original graphic novels.[17]

Furman was "solidly" into writing the second arc by this point. However, he says this merely heralded a change in editorial direction.[18] Furman has stated that the second arc would feature "two of the StarCraft Universe’s biggest and baddest characters."[19] Nova and Infested Kerrigan were confirmed to appear in the series at some point.[20]

Furman proclaimed the graphic novel to be "definitely on" in June 2010 and had started scripting by then.[21] He was halfway through the script in August 2010. He commented that the War Pigs would not be in the second arc, although plot threads from the original comic series would continue.[22]

PlotEdit

The War Pigs were a band of convicted criminals forced to work for the Terran Confederacy. Early in their career, they made contact with the zerg while carrying out a "maximum deniability" mission.[23]

First ArcEdit

Main article: List of StarCraft comic issues

The War Pigs were forced to work as soldiers under the command of bureaucrat Tamsen Cauley. They were not neurally resocialized so they could keep their unique talents. Cauley ordered them to attempt to kill Arcturus Mengsk at Atticus Minor, but they failed and he betrayed them, since Cauley believed that Mengsk would win the war unless he died, and since Mengsk was still alive, Cauley intended to switch sides without leaving behind loose ends like the War Pigs. Cauley co-opted one of their number to lead the rest into a death trap which would be carried out by his new, upgraded Cerberus Program. However, the attempt failed and the outlaws escaped and scattered.

Two years later, Cauley had become an important official in the Terran Dominion, the director of the Dominion Internal Security Division. Due to a comment from Emperor Mengsk, he became nervous about the previous assassination attempt, and still wanted to eliminate the War Pigs to cover his tracks.

He visited Cole Hickson at the New Folsom Prison and convinced him to bring the team together again and do a job for him—assassinate Jim Raynor (as part of his plan of ascension), and as a reward their records would be expunged. However, they must first find Raynor. Cauley would then use the Cerberus Program, which he said did not belong to the Dominion, to follow and eliminate the War Pigs once the job was done.[13]

Second ArcEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft (comic) which is no longer valid.

The War Pigs believed a suicidal attack against Tamsen Cauley to be their only option. However, Cauley's enemy, "Ghostmaster General" Leonid Celsus, decided to make his own move, and saw the War Pigs as a resource for this.[12] The stand-alone monthly issues of the second arc have been canceled.[17]

Plot NotesEdit

While the comic series focuses on terrans, it also includes the protoss and the zerg. A "particularly cool" protoss appearance was seen in the third issue and some major characters from the games make appearances.[1] The re-emergence of the xel'naga is also touched upon.[9]

In addition to tying in with the previous games and published fiction,[24] the series will show a lot of the StarCraft universe, lay the groundwork for the on-going story, and the comic's first arc as a transition between the first and second game.[1]

CharactersEdit

Major CharactersEdit

TurfaDei SC-C1 Head2 ColeHickson SC-Com2 Head1 Iggins SC-Com3 Head1 NuuraJoss SC-Com5 Head1 RomyPyrius SC-Com1 Head2
Turfa Dei Cole Hickson Vin Iggins Nuura Joss Romy Pyrius

Supporting CharactersEdit

TamsenCauley SC-C1 Head2 LeonidCelsus SC-Com4 Head1 JimRaynor SC-Com6 Head1 LarsTrakken SC-C2 Head1 BrockValevoss SC-Com0 Head1
Tamsen Cauley Leonid Celsus Jim Raynor Lars Trakken Brock Valevoss

Single-Appearance CharactersEdit

ChakraFen SC-Com0 Head1 ArcturusMengsk SC-Com1 Head1
Chakra Fen Arcturus Mengsk

Characters Yet to AppearEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II that is ambiguously canonical.

IssuesEdit

SC-Com1 CoverA1 SC-Com2 CoverA1 SC-Com3 CoverA1 SC-Com4 CoverA1
Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4
SC-Com5 CoverA1 SC-Com6 CoverA1 SC-Com7 CoverA2
Issue 5 Issue 6 Issue 7

NotesEdit

Simon Furman would like to link the story with his Frontline works (Heavy Armor and Creep) at some point.[9]

A prequel to the series, StarCraft: Issue 0, appeared in the Collector's Edition of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.[25]

Two of the "biggest and baddest" characters of the StarCraft universe were set to make their debuts in the second arc.[19]

Previews and ExcerptsEdit

Medievaldragon. 2009-05-01. StarCraft # 1 Preview Scans. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2009-05-05.

2009-04-24. Exclusive "StarCraft" #1 Comic Book Preview. MTV. Accessed 2009-04-25.

A four-page[2] promotion of the comic was present in the BlizzCon 2008 "goodie bag";[26] the sampler was split between the StarCraft comic and a preview of Ashbringer issue 1.[27]

A preview can be found in the World of Warcraft comic, issue 19: The Winds of War.[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ben Abernathy, Medievaldragon. 2009-04-19. Starcraft # 1 - Ben Abernathy Interview. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2009-04-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2008-15-10, Let's Chat. Blizzplanet. Accessed on 2008-16-10
  3. List of Panels, Workshops, Exhibits, Events and Vendor Services. SuperCon 2K10. Accessed 2010-09-13.
  4. 2009-11-16. StarCraft #9. Wildstorm. Accessed 2009-11-16.
  5. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Carlos D'Anda (p, i). "StarCraft #5" StarCraft 1 (5) (October 28, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  6. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio, Mike S. Miller, Carlos D'Anda (p, i). "StarCraft #6" StarCraft 1 (6) (November 25, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  7. 2009-05-18. StarCraft #4. WildStorm. Accessed on 2009-05-18
  8. 8.0 8.1 Medievaldragon. 2010-12-08. Starcraft # 1-7 Comic Book Available as Digital Download at Comixology. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2010-12-08.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Simon Furman, Medievaldragon. 2009-06-10. StarCraft # 1 - Simon Furman Interview. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2009-06-10.
  10. 2009-08-18. StarCraft #7, Wildstorm, accessed on 2009-09-25.
  11. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i) et al. "StarCraft" Book 1 (April 7, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm), ISBN 978-1401-22627-5.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 2009-10-19. StarCraft #8. Wildstorm. Accessed 2009-10-19.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Giffen, Keith and Simon Furman (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #1" StarCraft 1 (1) (May 27, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  14. CoTweet. 2009-11-30. @Posesemismo The folks from Wildstorm write our comics and consult people like Chris Metzen beforehand. Check them out: http://bit.ly/7VeaS8. @StarCraft (Twitter). Accessed 2009-11-30.
  15. 2008-30-11, Out With the New. Smack!. Accessed on 2008-03-12
  16. DC Comics staff. StarCraft: No Rules. No Problem. DC Comics. Accessed 2009-04-10.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "While WildStorm and Blizzard loved the stories being told in the regular monthly comic-book series, we decided that the graphic novel would be a more suitable medium for the tales we wanted to tell next" Hank Kanalz, Richard George. 2009-12-16. Warcraft, Starcraft Comics Find New Format: Blizzard's comic book franchises see cancellations and new life. IGN Comics. Accessed 2009-12-16.
  18. "Well, in December I got the news from Wildstorm that StarCraft would finish with issue #7. Which was disappointing, because I was solidly into the next story arc , which featured some of the game’s heavy-hitters. But, this just heralded a change of editorial direction, and I expect/hope to be back in the StarCraft universe in 2010 in the shape of an original graphic novel featuring those selfsame heavy-hitters. More details as this firms up." Simon Furman. 2010-01-31. 2010 – UPDATES!!!. Simon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-06-21.
  19. 19.0 19.1 2009-10-09, I Want Candy. Simon Furman, accessed on 2009-11-02
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Simon Furman, Medievaldragon. 2009-07-26. SDCC 2009: Wildstorm to Launch a World of Warcraft Horde Title. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2009-07-27.
  21. "Starcraft OGN is very definitely ON. No release date as yet but I have started scripting. Big, big story, one that will leave a kind-sized crater in the StarCraft universe!! More details as and when." Simon Furman. 2010-06-24. NORD STAR. Simon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-06-24.
  22. "Hi Dylan – the StarCraft (100-page!) OGN is happening as we speak. I’m midway through the script, and although there are no War Pigs in it, it does pick up on some of the brewing story strands from the comic run. In fact, it pits two of the SC Universe’s biggest and baddest characters against each other in a story that will have repercussions for the entire Koprulu Sector. Probably won’t see print until mid to late 2011. I’ll keep you updated." Simon Furman. 2010-08-12. CANDY ASSORTMENT Simon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-09-10.
  23. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i). "StarCraft #0" StarCraft (July 27, 2010) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  24. Simon Furman. 2009-05-27. StarCraft Touches Down!. Simon Furman's blog. Accessed on 2009-06-02
  25. Business Wire staff. 2010-04-08. StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Collector's Edition Announced. Business Wire. Accessed 2010-04-08.
  26. Gerbera Tetra. 2008-10-14. Blizzcon. Made of Awesome. Accessed 2008-10-14.
  27. Medievaldragon. 2008-11-18. Blizzcon 2008: Starcraft Comic Book. Blizzplanet. Accessed 2008-11-18.
  28. Simonson, Walter and Louise Simonson (w), Mike Bowden and Walden Wong (art). "The Winds of War" World of Warcraft 3 (19) (May 20, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).

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