Ubisoft revealed today plans for an Assassin’s Creed comic from acclaimed creators Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl. Due out later this year, the story will focus on the famous Tunguska region, and how the Templars and Assassins tie into the mystery.
While the internet has been anticipating the unveiling of UbiWorkshop’s “secret project” for a few weeks, hints on Twitter from the creators involved seemed to lead the speculation in one direction: an Assassin’s Creed comic taking place is Russia. Theories ran wild, and included mention of Rasputin as a Templar and Anastasia as one of the Brotherhood. Of course, until today it was all just random guessing. The comic, due out later this year, will focus its attention on the Tunguska Event, which was a mysterious explosion in Russia in the summer of 1908. The events were never explained, despite numerous scientific expeditions to the area to try and find answers.
I’ve been excited about this project since I found out one of my favorite artists, Cameron Stewart, was working on the project, and teamed with his TX Comics partner Karl Kerschl, this book seems destined for great things. I’m a little disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing this story unfold as a video game, but if this story does well, the potential for more comic adaptations from the Assassin’s Creed universe presents a ton of storytelling opportunities that won’t take nearly as long to develop as a game would. More details are likely to be hitting the internet later today, and there will be a panel for the book during next week’s San Diego Comic Con. There isn’t any preliminary art available, but you can check out the TX Comics website to get an idea of what you can expect from Stewart and Kerschl.
You can check out the full press release below.
Today, Ubisoft announced an Assassin’s Creed comic book mini-series is currently in development and due for release this fall. Developed by Eisner Award nominees and Shuster Award-winning illustrators Cameron Stewart (Batman & Robin, Seaguy and Catwoman) and Karl Kerschl (Superman and The Flash), the Assassin’s Creed comic mini-series will be unveiled during a panel to be held on July 22, 2010 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Room 7AB at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Moderated by G4TV’s Morgan Webb, the panel entitled “Assassin’s Creed: Behind and Beyond the Brotherhood” will include details of the new comic series and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood video game release. Featured panelists will include Stewart and Kerschl, along with Jeffrey Johalem, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood video game scriptwriter. Stewart and Kerschl recently visited Saint Petersburg, Russia on a research trip for the upcoming project. That visit, along with the teaser video released today, will give fans an inkling on where and when the new Assassin comic series will be taking place. Additional details on the project will be revealed at the Comic-Con panel.
The new comic series is part of Ubisoft Montreal’s UbiWorkshop initiative that encompasses a number of the studio’s projects related to leveraging Ubisoft intellectual properties in entertainment mediums outside of video games, such as comic books.
“We always thought that the Assassin’s Creed universe would be perfect for transmedia initiatives like this new comic series,” said Mathieu Ferland, transmedia senior producer at Ubisoft Montreal. “We are excited to have the fantastic and acclaimed artists Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl working on the project. Ubisoft is looking forward to showing Assassin’s Creed fans what these talented artists have been up to at next week’s Comic-Con panel.”