The Battle Chasers: Nightwar Kickstarter went out an update to backers concerning the new Battle Chasers comics that were part of that fundraising effort.
Created by Joe Madureira, the series launched in April 1998 and saw the last issue published in September 2001. It ran just nine issues, and one prelude issue, and suffered extreme scheduling issues and delays which made publisher Image Comics infamous in the 90s. There was an average of about six months between issues.
Madureira penned the update of the status of the new comics and said that responsibility with his video game studio has once again delayed the series. He has come to the realization he needs a team to help him on the series to complete it, so while the comics will be written by him, with as many pages as he can manage, it won’t only be by him alone. No team has been announced yet.
Starting at the $90 tier, the Kickstarter pledge included all-new comics, issues #10, #11, and #12 as well as the video game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a soundtrack, and more.
The response online has been negative as some backed the project for the comics to be done by Madureira himself and only by him. Others see this as just a continuation of the original series’ delays.
The new issues are to pick up where the originals left off focusing on Garrison and his past relationship with Red Monika.
If you’ve never read Battle Chasers or want a new copy, the anthology is getting a reprint in an affordable softcover format. It’ll collect all nine issues as well as short stories, pinups and covers. It’ll be out in September. A giant-sized hardcover was released years ago and is not only hard to find but if you do, can be rather pricey. The hardcover anthology can easily run into triple digits.
Airship Syndicate has announced the Switch release date for Battle Chasers: Nightwar. The game will be released on May 15th. The video game was funded through a Kickstarter and while the Switch release wasn’t part of the original campaign, it’s been approved and now has a release date.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is based on the comic series Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira launched in 1998. The series suffered from extreme scheduling problems. Nine issues were released in four years. Originally published by WildStorm under its Cliffhange imprint, the series eventually moved to Image Comics in 2001.
The series saw nine issues released with a tenth solicited and not released. Madureira said he’ll be releasing issue #10 and two more issues. In October 2017, Madureira said the issue would be released in Spring 2018 with the new 3 issue arc focussing heavily on Garrison.
It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Around the Tubes
Kotaku – Battle Chasers Works Much Better As A Video Game Than A Comic Book – For those who have played, agree or disagree?
Around the Tubes Reviews
Talking Comics – DuckTales #1
Newsarama – The Family Trade #1
The Capeless Crusader – James Bond: Black Box
ICv2 – Jane
Herts Advertiser – Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Thor: Redux
The Beat – Mis(h)adra
The weekend is almost here! What geek things are folks doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: ‘The Art Class is a Sanctuary City’ by Cara Bean – Free comics to read!
Newsarama – Battle Chasers Coming To Nintendo Switch – As a Kickstarter backer, can’t wait for this!
DC Comics – Announcing Shea Fontana To Write Wonder Woman – Very nice!
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Comic Book Bink – All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1
The Beat – Godshaper #1
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and a rich story driven by exploration of the world.
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is being developed by Airship Syndicate and published by Nordic Games.
Official Press Release
BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY HC
story, art & cover JOE MADUREIRA
340 PAGES, FC, $100.00
S&N LTD ED $150.00
Collecting every issue ever published of one of the most beloved comic book series of all time, this over-sized graphic novel is bursting at the seams with adventure! Follow young Gully as she searches for her missing father with the help of Garrison, a legendary swordsman; Knolan, the crafty wizard; Calibretto, an outlawed Wargolem; and the notorious mercenary Red Monika! Assaulted at every turn by a cast of memorable villains, Battle Chasers is packed with over-the-top action from cover to cover! Don’t miss this definitive collection, which includes never-before-seen sketches and new artwork, including a fold-out poster!
Collects BATTLE CHASERS #0-9
It’s a new week of comics and there’s a lot of thinking as far as what the pick of the week should be. This week the honor goes to Secret Warriors #26. Jonathan Hickman‘s run has been a slow epic and I have no idea what to expect as it wraps up. It looks like there’s some ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and I’m sure there’ll be some long running repercussions knowing Hickman’s writing.
- Secret Warriors #26 – See above.
- Flash #10 – Flashpoint is coming and it’s clear it all starts with this series. I’ve been really digging it, it’s the first DC series I’m absolutely sucked into.
- “X” Books – Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Legacy are all out this week and each are on a resurgence of late. With Schism coming, 2011 is looking like a banner year for the “X” line.
- Iron Man 2.0 #3 – War Machine is back and has a feel to make it stand out from the regular Iron Man series.
- Battle Chasers Anthology – It’s expensive, but if you have a bit of nostalgia, it’s worth it. I’ve read it and am a bit saddened the series remains unfinished, but this brought back some great memories.