Comic-Con is always good for at least a few comic/graphic novel video game tie-ins, a tradition that held true at this weekend’s New York showing. The Splinter Cell series has a graphic novel on the way to lead into Blacklist. Naughty Dog has announced a prequel comic and art book for The Last of Us. And now EA, with publishing partner Titan Books, is giving Dead Space the graphic novel and art book combo treatment.
The Dead Space: Liberation graphic novel will serve as a prelude to Dead Space 3, telling the back story of Isaac Clarke’s co-up buddy Sergeant John Carver and revealing deep secrets about the Markers across more than 100 pages penned by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Christopher Shy.
Bound with over 300 pages of concept art, sketches and developer commentary, The Art of Dead Space will serve as another companion to Dead Space 3. The hardcover collector’s item will contain artwork spanning the entire Dead Space series.
Both Dead Space: Liberation and The Art of Dead Space are scheduled to ship day and date with the Dead Space 3 PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 launch on February 5, 2013. The graphic novel will cost $17.95, the art book $34.95. Basically, you can buy the game and both books together for a little over $100, and create your own piecemeal collector’s edition.