Apex Legends: Overtime Brings the Battle Royale Game to Comics
The world of Apex Legends is rich with lore, but the frantic, fast-paced nature of a battle royale shooter doesn’t necessarily allow for a story-driven experience. That’s where Apex Legends: Overtime comes in. This comic book spinoff digs deeper into the Apex: Legends/Titanfall universe for a story that brings all 16 Legends together for a common goal.
Apex Legends: Overtime is a four-issue limited series written by Titanfall veteran Jesse Stern and drawn by Neil Edwards (Assassin’s Creed), with inks by Keith Champagne (Stranger Things), colors by Antonio Fabela (Skyward) and letters by Nate Piekos (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys).
Here’s Dark Horse’s official description for the series:
Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale experience where players select from one of 16 Legends – each with their own unique abilities and playstyles – and the last team standing wins. In the comic series, the Legends find themselves pulled together to rescue the city from Mad Scientists, brutal assassins, and the sudden and sinister grip of The Syndicate, a corrupt cabal attempting to “fix” arena outcomes in their favor. Will the Legends hold up to their celebrity status and be the heroes Solace needs?
Not counting the previously released lore book Apex Legends: Pathfinder’s Quest, this is the first time the game’s storyline has been spun out into other media. We’ll have to wait and see if Overtime is the start of a a recurring line of Apex Legends spinoffs at Dark Horse, similar to how the publisher continues to expand on the world of Blizzard’s Overwatch.
Apex Legends: Overtime #1 will release in print and digital formats on June 2, 2021. Until then, why not check out IGN’s updated 2021 review of Apex Legends?
Apex Legends isn’t the only battle royale game getting the comic book treatment in 2021. DC and Epic have teamed up for Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, a comic book crossover that includes new cosmetic items to use in the game. IGN recently spoke with the creative team to learn more about how Batman is helping to expand the Fortnite multiverse.
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