Lore Roundup #2: Overwatch Part II

In our first-ever Lore Roundup, we learned about the rise and fall of the Overwatch organization, and met the main three heroes of the lore – Soldier: 76, Winston, and the irrepressible Tracer. We know Winston has put out the call to reform Overwatch, but so far, none but Tracer has answered. Where is everybody?

This week we enter the world of Overwatch digital comics, and the offerings are actually pretty enjoyable. The books are beautifully drawn, and the writing is snappy and tight. This edition of Lore Roundup is basically a “where are they now” style stretch of lore, collecting the one-shot comics introducing gamers to individual Overwatch characters from April through early May, as well as the further adventures of Tracer.

Quick reminder here that, thus far, time in the Overwatch universe appears to move at the same pace as time in the real world. This only seems to work as a rough estimation, though. The time between the animated shorts “Recall” and “Alive,” for instance, is a matter of hours. Speaking of which…

1) April 5, 2016 – “Alive” Animated Short 

The sun’s barely gone down since Winston hit “Y” on that recall query in Gibralter, and a certain spider in King’s Row, London, is intent on proving how right he is. The Omnic monk, Tekhartha Mondatta, is about to speak to a jubilant crowd. That crowd includes one former-and-once-again Overwatch agent, Lena Oxton, aka Tracer. And when the hair on the back of her neck starts to stand up, the old instincts kick right back in…

“Cheers, love, the cavalry’s aw fuck it, you know my line, just die already”

For what it’s worth, this is my personal favorite animated short Blizzard’s cinematic team has put out so far.

2) April 21, 2016 – “McCree: Train Hopper” Comic

While Tracer is flicking Widowmaker’s crosshairs in London (that sounded a little dirtier than I intended), another arm of the Talon organization is up to no good in the American southwest. And there’s only one fugitive with a heart of gold who can stop them.

“Wait, we just crossed over into the Central Time Zone. What time is it?” “Let me check my watch and it’s 11:59, no, wait, it’s exactly high n-“

The comics are actually available in several formats, but against my every instinct as a comics fanatic I’m going to recommend the motion comics. For ten pages of colorful, extremely fast storytelling, a little music and SFX go a long way.

Motion Comic or Digital Comic

3) April 28, 2016 – “Reinhardt: Dragon Slayer” Comic

Overwatch may have been shut down, but Reinhardt Wilhelm’s heart is too big to let injustice go by uncorrected. So he has spent the last five years traveling with his assistant Brigitte, keeping his armor going with scrap, and generally righting wrongs. When the pair find a small town under siege by a ruthless gang, the old knight wastes no time stepping in.

Before every battle, Reinhardt can be heard happily humming Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” to himself.

Motion Comic or Digital Comic

4) May 5, 2016 – “Junkrat & Roadhog: Going Legit” Comic

The two TNT terrors have been offered their first legitimate job: Rescue the Hyde Global employees being held hostage by Omnic terrorists in Sydney, and pick up a huge pile of cash on the way home. But there’s always complications, aren’t there…

No joke, I love how much of a proper gentleman Roadhog can be when he feels like it

Motion Comic or Digital Comic

5) May 13, 2016 – “Symmetra: A Better World”

While agents of disorder sow their mayhem, an acolyte of order pleads to be allowed to use her talents. Satya Vaswani knows she can remake the slums of the Favelas and improve the lives of its residents. But how far will she go to make her dream a reality?

When are they adding THIS ability to the game??

Motion Comic or Digital Comic

Be on the lookout for the next Lore Roundup, where we’ll continue following the trail of Overwatch‘s surprisingly colorful lore!

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