Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hellgate: London (The Comic)

For those of you who are familiar with this title, you know that the game isn't set to be released until August 24th, but I thought I'd prepare for the release by talking about the comic and the suspense of those waiting for the game to come out. I know that I've been waiting patiently, but I've begun to realize that it's not my fault that I've been salivating this long, it's due mostly because of the huge build-up. Comics, books, figures, all for a game that's still in development.

Anyway, Hellgate: London takes place in London during the end of days. In 2020, MI5 agent Lyra Darius tales the recently resigned Home Office Minister for Internal Affairs Lord Sumerisle. Things change for the worst when Sumerisle is attacked by a demon from deep within the annals of Hell, and Lyra, Sumerisle and his granddaughter Jessica run throughout the turmoil of London to find a safe haven.

Things become entrenched in intrigue as it becomes apparent that Lord Sumerisle is actually the leader of the ancient order of the Knights Templar. And when things get hairy, Sumerisle leads the troops into combat while his grand daughter and her escort go into hiding.

The comic then jumps forward 18 years, and we find that Jessica Sumerisle has become a formidable Templar herself, receiving the symbol of the order from her grandfather just before his death. Jessica leads her men and women with the intensity one would expect from a girl born in the carnage following Halloween 2020, but it seems that she was destined to do more than lead her knights in the fight against evil.

You see, as the years have passed, a government of sorts has been established, and the templar, demon hunters and cabalists have created three separate factions doing the same thing, but one man, Lord Tyndall, has discovered the ancient texts that shine more light on the situation of the world. You see, these three groups were destined to band together and bring an end to the carnage that has been continuing for 18 years.

So Jessica is paired with Seeker Crowe, a cabalist with the dark arts as her guide, and Saul Petrus, a demon-slayer and thrill-seeker. The three of them are then sent on the quest of quests, the search for the holiest of holy items: a tome in which holds the source of all knowledge.

So, Seeker Crowe, Jessica Sumerisle and Saul Petrus head into the darkest parts of London, through ancient pathways established by religious enthusiasts, Templars, and hunters of the Holy Grail, only to find demons at their heels. But when the going gets tough, these people get going...

This comic told an awesome tale, and since it is incomplete, I picked up a copy of the book by story-teller Mel Odom. It promises to be a great story and the game is hightly anticipated. I certainly can't wait for it to come out, and I intend to get it immediately (supposing my LAPTOP can handle it). I'm going to be all over this game, like a japanese school girl to hello kitty. So if you need me, I'll be in my room, watching the game's trailer one more time.

Oh, and I guess I give this comic an B+ because it's interesting and keeps you wanting more, but sometimes gets confusing and sorta rushes at the end. You'd think with all the time they'd have that they'd be able to come up with something better, but apparently not.


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