COPENHAGEN (May 13, 2010)— IO Interactive, part of Square Enix Europe, is pleased to confirm a partnership with DC Comics to produce a comic book series based on Kane&Lynch™. Not for the fainthearted, the brutal storyline explores some of Kane&Lynch’s criminal past. The comic will be produced by DC’s WildStorm imprint with the first issue launching this August.
“We could not be happier about this partnership and expansion into comics. Who better to work with than DC Comics?” said Niels Jørgensen, general manager of IO Interactive.“We hope the comic book world is ready for the violent mayhem of Kane&Lynch.”
“Kane&Lynch are two of the most interesting videogame characters I have ever seen,” said Hank Kanalz of DC Comics.“I think this new series will show the diversity of our line of books, as our creators capture the essence of these two criminals.”
The Kane&Lynch comic book series is penned by Ian Edginton. Edginton has been in the comic scene for over two decades and worked with DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, Top Cow and others. He’s best known for his work on properties such as Aliens, Predator and Terminator through to Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and Torchwood. Chris Mitten, who also works on the series WASTELAND, is the artist for Kane&Lynch and New York Times best selling artist Ben Templesmith, whose notable works include 30 Days of Night and Fell, is the cover artist. Both artists are known for their raw, sinister illustration style that fully embodies the Kane&Lynch feel.
Kane&Lynch began as a videogame, Kane&Lynch: Dead Men, following two hardened criminals in a dark and gritty tale of killing and revenge. It became one of the most successful original IP’s launched in 2007 and has gone on to sell well over a million units across the globe. The story continues this summer with Kane&Lynch 2: Dog Days available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC, the game will be released on the Eidos games label and will be published by Square Enix Ltd.
Please visit www.KaneandLynch.com for updates.
ABOUT DC COMICS
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.
About IO Interactive A/S
IO Interactive is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking HITMAN™ series, Io Interactive has since developed the cult classic Freedom Fighters™ and the controversial Kane&Lynch™: Dead Men. Most recently, IO Interactive released yet another innovative brand, Mini Ninjas™. IO Interactive has proven that dedication to original IP and unique brands are the hallmark of the company, and breaking new ground is critical to sustain the originality within our diverse team of developers. IO Interactive is a part of Square Enix Europe and develops games under the Eidos label. You can read more about IO Interactive and our games on www.ioi.dk
About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, is a London-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world. Square Enix Ltd. publishes and distributes entertainment content from the Square Enix Group including Square Enix, Eidos and Taito® in Europe and other PAL territories. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 96 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 53 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDERTM which has sold over 35 million units worldwide, together with other well established products.
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