Archaia's 'Hawken' Comic Getting 4 Free Digital Issues, Beta Invite

Today, digital comics platform ComiXology announced that the first installment of a four-issue digital preview of the "Hawken" is now available. While the full hardcover release of "Hawken: Genesis" won't be available until March of next year, the preview will offer the first glimpse of some of the backstory for Adhesive's upcoming free-to-play mech shooter--along with an invite to join the closed beta.

Earlier this year, we spoke with Transmedia producer Joe LeFavi about the 2013 comic release with comics publisher Archaia, where he summed up some of the mythology being built out in the upcoming hardcover:

A few hundred years into the future, big business has propelled Mankind to expand across the galaxy. Yet for the first time in history, the government permits three corporations to privately terraform and colonize an entire planet. Just imagine it. An entire planet owned and governed by corporate interests. On this planet, we watch two rival tech companies rise as first global, then galactic superpowers after a scientific breakthrough redefines modern warfare. Yep, you guessed it. MECHS. We literally watch the birth of the mech, and learn how a 100,000-lb. beast becomes an anthropomorphic, flying war machine unlike anything we’ve ever seen. This innovation ushers a new era of prosperity for the planet as a whole, but ultimately spells its doom as a series of events sends this once thriving society into post-apocalyptic pandemonium.

According to the release, the first installment available today is "Prelude to Rain," written by "Mass Effect" and "Star Wars" comics scribe Jeremy Barlow, featuring art by film concept artist Francisco Ruiz Velasco. The announcement also gives us a full list of the art talent associated with the book including Kody Chamberlain, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, Michael Gaydos, Bagus Hutomo, Sid Kotian, Khang Le, Christopher Moeller, Alex Sanchez, and the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz.

While the game isn't headed into open beta until December 12th, downloading the preview will net you an invite to the third closed beta.

You can download "Prelude to Rain" here.

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