‘Call of Duty’ To Deliver Black Ops Zombie Mode, Prequel Comic, And More Surprises At San Diego Comic-Con

For the first time, Call of Duty will finally come to the San Diego Comic-Con, and it looks like a strong start for the Call of Duty franchise since a lot of surprises and firsts are coming to the Call of Duty panel on July 9, Thursday.

VG247 reports that the Call of Duty panel will take place on the San Diego Comic-Con stage on July 9, 1PM PT/4PM ET/9PM UK, hosted by Treyarch’s Zombie director, Jason Blundell, and lead writer, Craig Houston. For those planning to attend the Comic-Con, the Call of Duty panel will be held at room 6BCF.

The biggest part of the Call of Duty panel that everyone is excited to witness is the world premiere of Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies. Gamers will witness the newest development of the Zombies mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, although the commercial release of Black Ops III is still due on November.

Apart from the Call of Duty Zombies mode reveal, fans will also be happy to know that Dark Horse Comics will release the first and official comic prequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops III at the Comic-Con and those attending could pick up a free copy of the mini comic at the Dark Horse Comic booth (#2615) or at the Activision booth.

Call of Duty Black Ops III prequel comic

IGN publishes a tease from the Dark Horse press release regarding the prequel comic.

A prequel to the highly-anticipated game, the Call of Duty®: Black Ops III comic book series follows an elite group of soldiers as they wage a secret war across a futuristic war-torn world transformed by technology. In the bullet-ridden first issue, the team infiltrates Tashkent, Uzbekistan to take down a double agent… but as they close in, they uncover something much more sinister at hand.”

Larry Hama’s script and Marcelo Ferreira’s art will be featured at the Call of Duty prequel comic, and fans will be appeased to know that both are avid and long-time comics and game fanatics. Hama has worked on several Dark Horse titles before like G.I. Joe and Activision projects like Wolverine’s Revenge, so Call of Duty fans can rest assured that he knows a thing or two about video games.

Hana shared a bit of his work on the Call of Duty Black Ops III prequel comic and says that the comic is able to tackle character development and relationships in a deeper fashion, tackling elements that the Call of Duty game is unable to convey easily.

A lot of the appeal of Call of Duty is in how it puts you directly in the action. That’s pretty difficult to replicate in a graphic story format, so the aim in a comic adaptation is to provide more of what you don’t get a lot of in the game.”

In more Call of Duty news, Coming Soon also reports that those attending the San Diego Comic-Con will be in for a treat since Treyarch will be hosting a Black Ops III Zombies Escape Room Challenge. Zombies come alive and fans will work together to solve clues and attempt to escape the room before they are devoured by flesh-hungry undead. The Call of Duty Escape Room challenge will be held for free at 450 Second Ave, San Diego, CA on the following times:

  • Thursday, July 9 from 2 – 10 p.m. PT
  • Friday, July 10 from Noon – 8 p.m. PT
  • Saturday, July 11 from Noon – 8 p.m. PT

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be available commercially for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC users on November 6.

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