There seems to be a comic for every new game release these days. Many don’t surprise me, but a comic series for Call of Duty: Black Ops III most certainly did. I haven’t played a CoD game in years, but I always remembered the story to be minimal, and outside of the Zombies mode, I expect Black Ops III to be just as minimal. But okay, here’s the backstory to the game, I guess.
I had no idea what to expect with this comic series, but I can assure you that this first issue was not it. Except for what happened at the very end, the series appeared to be individual Black Ops missions run by the main characters from the game. At least I assume they’re the main characters from the game; perhaps they aren’t, and each issue is about different Black Ops agents running different missions.
The end of this issue suggests that all of the Ops and therefore issues will be connected to one particular faction/agency/terrorist, but I suppose it’s always possible that it won’t be either.
In case you can’t tell, the issue left me largely unsatisfied.
It features a bro-team of four doing what Call of Duty bros do best–shoot first and ask questions later. All that was missing was a bro fist bump or a bro hug. There was laughter, a few sexist comments, and loss of life. It was just like playing a game of CoD online with young kids.
I have no idea if this is how every issue is going to be presented, especially since the ending already teased a brand new locale and mission for next month, but the next issue really needs to tie it together quickly with a semblance of a running plot line. This first issue was great for a side mission found in CoD, but as a comic where you expect a deeper story, it reads as shallow as the video game itself.
At least the art was as stunning as what you’d find in a CoD game as well.
The first issue of Call of Duty: Black Ops III comic releases today, November 4, 2015 at retail and via Dark Horse comics digital.
A digital review copy was received from the publisher.