Top Cow Comics has announced that they are working on a five-part series based in the world of the video game Warframe. Based on source material from the cooperative online action game and in collaboration with the Warframe development team, the series is written by Top Cow President/COO and Writer Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, The Tithe, Aphrodite IX) and Top Cow Editor Ryan Cady. An exclusive Con edition of Issue #1 will be distributed for the first time to all TennoCon attendees for free on Saturday, July 8th.
Summary: This five-issue series expands the Warframe universe with intriguing new characters and original locations, and offers an imaginative character-driven tone to Warframe players and comic book fans alike. The narrative hinges on the lone Warframe, Excalibur, who is determined to protect a blinded young girl, the last survivor of a recently destroyed village on Earth. Seasoned Tenno may even find hints to future game updates in the series not yet revealed in the Warframe universe.
Hawkins said in a statement included with the announcement:
"I was immediately attracted to Warframe because of its storyline. … For a writer, it's a very fertile place to create something fresh, from the mysterious Tenno origins to the faction battles to the Grineer Queens and more. It's a fantastic universe where I have lost many late night hours playing the game."
And the TennoCon edition cover is pretty cool:
Warframe is the video game that I will always remember sparks an endless list of bug reports from fans at panels. But the game is more than that to its legion of players.
For those who don't know their sci-fi quasi-MMOs, the plot of Warframe is a bit thin, but players are members of an ancient race of alien called the Tenno, who are locked in a never-ending conflict with another group of alien beings, the Grineer, who are slowly conquering their way across the cosmos. The story behind the creation of the Tenno — as they aren't what you'd call an organic race — often gets lost by the tired good rebels vs evil empire plot line, but it is a rather compelling one. It is perhaps the most interesting story within the Warframe universe, but it looks like we aren't getting it anytime soon.
At least they chose one of the better starter Warframes to use as a main character.