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First Indy comic collection now available! 12 Feb, 2008, 03:46 / 4 comments

You may remember when it was announced that Dark Horse Comics would be re-releasing their old Indiana Jones comic stories as well as some new work in a series of omnibuses in anticipation for the new movie. Despite a release date that claims to be four days away, the first of these books is now shipping from Amazon, and presumably everywhere else. Included in this volume is the comic adaptation of Fate of Atlantis. Although it is very loosely based on the game's plot and apparently has some spotty writing (you can check out ATMachine's detailed write-up on it here), any fan will find it worth reading. Also included in the collection is Thunder In The Orient, which features Sophia Hapgood.

The second volume, which is set to be released on June 25th., will feature the even more interesting Philosopher's Stone and Spear of Destiny stories, both of which were based on cancelled adventure games. Both titles were attempts at genuine sequels to Fate of Atlantis but multiple issues resulted in their demise, making the far more action oriented Infernal Machine the next installment in the archeologist's video game series. You can read about Iron Phoenix's (which spawned the Philosopher's Stone comic) troubled development in our database entry - ditto for Spear of Destiny. While the games themselves were killed, the stories lived on through the comic adaptations. Though there's good reason to assume that the adaptations are extremely loose and probably not representative of how the games would have been, they are nonetheless fascinating reads.

In any event, if you're a fan of Indiana Jones or comics, then you owe it to yourself to check out these new collections, which contain many long out-of-print stories!

Comments

  • The Tingler on 12 Feb, 2008, 18:15…
    I've added a note about the first volume containing an additional story with Sophia Hapgood, something I didn't realise until I looked it up.
  • The Tingler on 12 Feb, 2008, 11:53…
    Excellent news, although the second one is much better. It just says "recover artifacts like the Philosopher's Stone", which IS Iron Phoenix I do believe.
  • The Tingler on 12 Feb, 2008, 11:54…
    And it's down at Amazon for a June 25th release, which is too far!
  • Udvarnoky on 12 Feb, 2008, 04:24…
    I was having a bit of confusion with the histories of the two cancelled games when I first wrote the post. They've since been corrected.