It was announced a few months back, but we honestly didn't expect to live to see this moment: Quake finally has a comic book. More specifically, a tie-in comic for Quake Champions, the upcoming PC-only update to Quake III Arena. The comic is published by Titan Comics, written by Ram V (mostly known for a series called Brigands) with gorgeous art by Alan Quah, who's most recent known in the videogame world for illustrating the Dark Souls comic. At least Dark Souls has a story.
The comic, the first issue of a four part miniseries, focuses on Ranger, the protagonist of the original Quake, who finds himself once again cast into the Arena and forced to fight his way out. You can check out the first four pages below, which shows Ranger's first steps into the Arena and him quickly finding himself against Sorlag, whom he quickly dispatches with the help of a teleport item. This is apparently Ranger's Active Ability in the game, the Dire Orb, which is the same thing he used to kill Shub-Niggurath at the end of Quake. "A gift from an old god" he calls it in the comic.
It's interesting to note that despite being over 20 years old (Quake debuted in 1996) and having a total of seven games, Quake has never once previously received any spin-offs. Fellow id Software title Doom has only six games, not counting mobile games, and that has multiple novels, comics, board games, a superb Making Of book and a movie. Even Rage received a comic and a novel. This comic represents Quake's first appearance outside of videogames.
We'll update this post if we can find our own copy to review, but the only review we could currently find was from Big Comic Page who utterly hated it, despite praising the nice artwork. They also asked the sensible question of why Doom 2016 didn't get any tie-ins but multiplayer-only Quake Champions of all things has.
If you're desperate to read it now, Quake Champions #1 is available on Comixology priced £2.49/$3.99.