Gears of War fans now have a new entry into the universe, Gears of War: Hivebusters, which is being brought to life by writer Kurtis Wiebe along with artists Alan Quah and Pierre Droal. They will be exploring a new side of the Gears of War universe across this five-part series.
The story centers around three new characters being introduced to the franchise, Mac, Lahni and Keegan. These three COG soldiers comprise the Scorpio Squad, a fearless and tactical COG unit. This brave squad signs up for the unenviable task of being purposefully captured by the Swarm so they can then cause havoc behind enemy lines.
“I think what will surprise people the most is how heartfelt this mini-series is,” says writer Kurtis Wiebe. “Alongside some amazing, brutal, bloody battles being realized by the amazing Alan Quah, I’ve been able to weave a shattering story of loss and grief. Gears of War has always balanced those aspects of storytelling really well, and for Gears fans, it will feel like home, but totally new.”
The Gears of War franchise has fallen on some hard times recently, losing the luster it built up over the last decade. It definitely needs an injection of life, and introducing three new characters might be what the series needs. If the story proves popular enough with fans, it’s something that can be explored in a new game entry.
Whether or not the events in the comic series make it into a video game, it’s still a good move by Xbox to keep interest in the franchise going. They might even be able to widen the fanbase by getting the attention of people who are comic book lovers but, haven’t gotten into Gears of War yet.