Kane & Lynch spin into comics

First it was a game, then another game was announced, it's going to be a movie, and now we hear a Kane & Lynch comic book is in the works. Promising to be a bit brutal and a bit bloody, the storyline will explore the duo's criminal past when it launches in August.

The ink has dried on the deal between IO Interactive (part of Square Enix Europe) and DC Comics, who will publish the series under their WildStorm imprint.

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Hank Kanalz of DC Comics explains the deal:

“Kane & Lynch are two of the most interesting videogame characters I have ever seen. I think this new series will show the diversity of our line of books, as our creators capture the essence of these two criminals.”

And it's not just great characters who are coming to this party - the comic book series is being written by Ian Edginton, best known for his work with Terminator as well as both Aliens and Predator, as well as working with DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, Top Cow and others (see also: Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and Torchwood!).

Adding extra geek cred is Ben Templesmith (creator of Fell and 30 Days of Night), who lends his talents to the cover art - while the pages will be filled with artwork from Chris Mitten (WASTELAND). What do both of these have in common? A particular raw and "sinister" illustrative style, which completely captures the Kane & Lynch atmosphere.

Niels Jørgensen, general manager of IO Interactive makes sure you know his feelings:

“We could not be happier about this partnership and expansion into comics. Who better to work with than DC Comics?

“...we hope the comic book world is ready for the violent mayhem of Kane & Lynch.”

Originally a standalone videogame, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men quickly became one of the most successful original IPs launched in 2007, as it followed two hardened criminals through a saga of killing and revenge. Later this year, the sequel - Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will be launched for Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC, alongside the new comics, with the movie (starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx) due for release in 2011.

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