July 19, 2007 Runnemede, NJ – Pandemic Studios and Dynamite Entertainment are proud to announce the signing of an agreement to create a new comic book series based on the characters and story of the Mercenaries videogames!
The Mercenaries comic book series will incorporate all the intensity of the Mercenaries video games. The series will feature covers by artist extraordinaire, Michael Turner, interior art by Edgar Salazar and is being written by Brian Reed. As an added bonus, Mercenaries #1 will feature two connecting covers by Michael Turner — A first for Dynamite!
The Mercenaries video game franchise provides explosive third-person shooter action set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. The first Mercenaries game, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (2005), featured the mercenaries capturing or killing members of the Deck of 52 and their ruthless leader, General Song, to prevent his launch of nuclear warheads. In the highly anticipated sequel, Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the mercenaries return as a power-hungry tyrant makes a play for Venezuela’s oil supply, sparking an invasion that turns the country into a war zone. But for the mercenaries, profit comes hand-in-hand with chaos. “You are not a soldier. You don’t have to play by anyone’s rules. You have your own code: EVERYBODY PAYS.”
“Mercenaries is one of the most intense videogames in the market today, and it’s going to be an explosive addition to our ‘dynamite’ line up,” said Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci. “Writer Brian Reed is blowing comics fans away with his work on New Avengers: Illuminati, Ms. Marvel and Red Sonja, so you can expect more of the same incredible action-packed storylines and intrigue from him on Mercenaries. And one cover couldn’t contain all the action, so the series debuts with connecting covers by superstar artist Michael (Civil War) Turner!!! If that’s not reason enough to pick up this book, than we suggest you play a few rounds of Mercenaries and see what you’ve been missing! And to add to the excitement, Dynamite will be working hand in hand with Pandemic to help expand both of our audiences, as Pandemic will help get word out on the 800 Comic Shop Locater Service and Dynamite will help get word out on the upcoming video game! Truly a win-win for both industries!”
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is currently in development by Pandemic Studios and is slated for release on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC. For more information on Mercenaries 2: World in Flames visit www.mercs2.com