In celebration of the release of Crackdown 3, Microsoft Studios will be working with Dynamite Entertainment on a comic book series for the franchise. Jonathan Goff (Halo) and artist Ricardo Jaime will be at the helm for the series, bringing the story of The Agency and Commander Jaxon (Terry Crews) to readers.
According to Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor-in-Chief, “The mini-series will add context to the events of Crackdown 3, telling the story of a series of devastating blackout attacks that have plunged the world into darkness and chaos, leaving the super-powered heroes of The Agency to rise, restore peace and deliver justice.” Jonathan Goff added, “If you play Crackdown 3, the story we’re telling in the comic will add depth to the world.”
To boost interest in the series Microsoft Studios is handing out free digital download codes to issue #1. Anyone eager to jump into this new comic can head over to Crackdown.com to get a code, which will need to be redeemed on Dynamite’s digital store page.
Crackdown 3 didn’t have a good release, as it didn’t manage it impress gamers with its lackluster gameplay and story. Its art style will transition easily into the comic book sphere, so it makes sense that Microsoft Studios wants to go in this direction. Having someone with as much personality as Terry Crews lend his likeness to the endeavor will certainly help.
Although it feels too little, too late for Crackdown 3. The game is awash in negativity or plain old indifference, a problem that is compounded by the fact that there are so many good games to play. However, if this ends up being a fun series that readers can enjoy on its own it might just help preserve the franchise. Allowing for a resurrection on the next Xbox; and super hero movies are all the rage right now, right?