Old Republic Webcomic Debuts This MonthS

LucasArts, BioWare and Dark Horse comics are collaborating on a prequel-ish webcomic, debuting this month, to stir up more frenzy for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The comic is titled "The Threat of Peace."

The webcomic covers "the three decades from the pivotal signing of the Treaty of Coruscant to critical events at the beginning of the game." An announcement Friday said BioWare's Rob Chestney will write the episodes of the webcomic; Dark Horse will handle its publication, and it will appear at www.swtor.com "every other Friday."

I won't even attempt to rewrite their backstory. Here it is quoted from the announcement:

War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire has gripped the galaxy for generations, but the sacking of Coruscant and a subsequent peace treaty are changing everything. As the Republic scrambles to re-establish order, the Sith Empire moves quickly to consolidate power within its new dominion. Behind closed doors, however, individual Sith Lords engage in a quiet but deadly power struggle, and discord breaks out among the Jedi as they wrestle with the moral implications of the new galactic balance. During these chaotic days, the stories of several critical characters interweave as they pursue their passions, stand up for their convictions and ultimately lead the galaxy back to the brink of a catastrophic conflict.

Chestney promises that the webcomic will preview for readers both the game and "some of its most compelling characters." Alex Sanchez, whose credits include Marvel Age, Hulk, X-Men and other Dark Horse titles, will be the artist for "Star Wars: The Old Republic - The Threat of Peace."

"The comic offers a unique perspective on an era in the Star Wars™ galaxy unseen outside the game," said the Dark Horse series editor Dave Marshall. "It will be an integral companion to the online experience, and a compelling adventure on its own, accessible to every Star Wars fan."

Star Wars: The Old Republic - The Threat of Peace Announced
[SWTOR.com]