Ubisoft has today announced a rather cool partnership with writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Marc Laming to create a graphic novel based on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise.
Set for release in 2013, the Splinter Cell Echoes graphic novel takes place between the events of Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist. The story bridges the gap between the two games with an original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist.
“Nathan Edmondson and Marc Laming are respected experts in their fields and we are so incredibly fortunate to have them on board for the Splinter Cell graphic novel,” said Patrick Redding, game director, Ubisoft Toronto. “Nathan’s work in The Activity put him on our radar with its gripping balance between real-world geopolitics and high-tech spy fantasy themes we also explore in Splinter Cell. We’re confident that all readers – whether they’ve played every game in the series or are new to the franchise – are going to really engage with this story and the level of fine detail Nathan and Marc inject into their book.”
If you’re not familiar with the guys’ work, Nathan Edmondson work includes comics Who is Jake Ellis?, Grifter, and The Activity. Marc Laming was an artist for The Activity and has also contributed illustrations and art to dozens of comics for some of the world’s biggest publishers, including DC Comics and Image Comics.
“Sam Fisher is a legend, but this story is our own. We are working with Ubisoft to add something special to the Splinter Cell canon that will simultaneously be exciting to fans of the series while being a thrilling stand-alone read,” said Nathan Edmondson. “Together with Marc Laming, Studio Lounak, and the Ubisoft Toronto team, we’re shedding new light on Sam Fisher.”