Epic Games is partnering with DC Comics to produce a comic book series based on the Gears of War franchise.

Few details about the move were available in today’s announcement, but the series is to debut from DC’s Wildstorm publishing branch in October.

Gears of War was a popular early Xbox 360 exclusive and showcased the Unreal Engine 3.0, fleshed-out single-player storyline and well-received multiplayer. A PC version of the original was later made available and a sequel is also in the works for November.

Both companies sounded an almost giddy note about the collaboration.

“We are thrilled to be working with DC Comics to further bring to life the Gears of War universe. A lot of our developers are huge comic fans, and have loved the personas and chronicles unique to DC Comics since childhood,” said Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. “The Gears of War storyline and characters that millions of gamers have come to cherish will be a perfect fit under the WildStorm imprint.”

“Big guns and monsters – what a perfect comic book for WildStorm! We have an opportunity to work closely with Epic to add to the canon of the Gears of War mythos, so you can imagine how excited we all are,” said Hank Kanalz, VP – General Manager, WildStorm. “Epic sets the bar very high, in graphics, story, and gameplay – and expect no less from our series, starting with our lead-in arc that fills in the gaps between the first game and the upcoming sequel.”

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