Although some might not be aware of it, the Mortal Kombat franchise has a deep lore that extends well beyond the games. Some of the early titles touched upon those back-stories and relationships, but the most recent MK title put a big spotlight on them with its story mode.
For Mortal Kombat X, however, NetherRealm Studios is providing an even deeper story thanks to a prequel digital comic. DC Comics will produce the prequel, which will be written by Shawn Kittelsen with art by Dexter Soy and covers by Ivan Reis. The comic will premiere starting in January of next year.
As most would expect, the Mortal Kombat X prequel comic will flesh out the back-stories of several characters from the new game. But unlike MK9, this comic has the unique advantage of introducing the new characters that will be joining the roster for the first time. So far we only know of a few of these new Kombatants, but Creative Director Ed Boon promises there are more on the way.
While it's always fun to catch up with Sub Zero and Scorpion (who share the cover), this Mortal Kombat X prequel comic will also introduce players to new character like Cassie Cage, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage's daughter. Boon teased that there was a good reason as to why Cassie is part of the roster and how she figures into this 10th game, so perhaps the comic will explore some of those ideas.
In keeping with the comic book news, we also bring word that a comic book miniseries centered in the Eve: Valkyrie universe is coming next June from Dark Horse Comics. Like with the MKX book, this Eve: Valkyrie comic will serve as a prequel to the main game and will follow the character of Ran during the rise of the Valkyrie ship.
Even though we might not have an official release date for Eve: Valkyrie, the first issue of the miniseries will go on sale on June 3rd. So, logic tells us that we may be looking at a fall 2015 release for the actual game.
Since its debut as Eve: VR, Valkyrie has been one of our personal games to watch. Its use of the Oculus Rift headset not only blew us away, but also proved that VR technology really can work. The game is also targeting a release for Sony's Project Morpheus headset, but we've yet to demo the game using that device.
Are you interested in to read more back-story in these two prequel comics? Which Mortal Kombat X characters do you hope feature in the comic?
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. EVE: Valkyrie currently has no release date but is coming to PC and PS4.