John Scalzi Penning Morning Star Graphic Novel That Ties Into Upcoming Video Game

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

If you keep track of the world of science fiction literature, you probably already know the name John Scalzi. He earned a Hugo Award nomination back in 2006 for his excellent novel Old Man’s War, and has penned several more entries set in that universe in the years since. He also has an outstanding blog where he, amongst other things, has notable science fiction and fantasy writers discuss “The Big Idea” behind their books. Scalzi is also working with Industrial Toys on a first-person space shooter video game called Morning Star. Now he has announced a tie-in graphic novel that will further explore the universe he’s creating for the game.

Alpha

Morning Star Alpha will be written by Scalzi and illustrated by Mike Choi. It’s not just a traditional graphic novel, however. It’s designed as an app to be read on your tablet. As somebody who now reads all my comics on my iPad, that’s handy in and of itself, but Morning Star Alpha also has a few more bells and whistles. The graphic novel will actually let you make choices about how the story unfolds, and those choices will have an affect on the video game, and vice versa. (The game is designed specifically for mobile platforms.) That sort of interconnectivity between media is a concept other games have explored in recent years, including the third Mass Effect, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

There’s no release date for either the game or the graphic novel, but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s a trailer…

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