Dark Horse and Valve Collect DOTA 2 Web Comics into hardcover collection

DOTA 2 Collection Cover

US publisher Dark Horse and Valve are to release a collection of comics that dive deep into the characters and history of Dota 2, the most played game on Steam.

Out in August 2017, the Dota 2: The Comic Collection assembles Valve’s Dota 2 web comics in print for the first time, ever, following up on the 2011 release of Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories.

It would appear, after some from online digging, that the comics were written by Marc Laidlaw, who worked on the Dota 2 game for several years but is now a freelance author, and artists working on the project include Jim Murray (co-creator of the graphic novel Drowntown) whose story “Are We Heroes Yet?” can be read online and is, simply, beautiful to look at.

Dota 2 - Are We Hereoes Yet Page 1

Dota 2 - Are We Heroes Yet Page 2
Story by Marc Laidlaw, art by Jim Murray

Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online video game developed and released by Valve Corporation in 2013 – a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control a gorgeous fantasy landscape, waging campaigns of cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Dota 2: The Comic Collection goes on sale 1st August 2017. Pre-order your copy on Amazon.co.uk (using this link helps support downthetubes). Visit DarkHorse.com for more information.

Dota © 2017 Valve Corporation. All rights reserved.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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