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Exclusive preview: Storm the Slipgate in Titan's new Quake Champions graphic novel

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:03 AM EDT (Updated)

Id Software and GT Interactive's pioneering first-person shooter, Quake, was one of the most revolutionary sci-fi horror gaming franchises of the era, joining Doom as important immersive action amusements into the digital realm.

First released in 1996 for Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, and Microsoft Windows, it was an instant 3D sensation that placed a spotlight on heavily armed super-soldiers as they crossed over the Slipgate and into a gothic dimension of mutant Lovecraftian monsters and puzzling multi-level madness.

The original game's main Ranger character was voiced by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, whose industrial metal band provided the eerie ambient score that accompanied the frenzied, atmospheric action. Quake sold well over a million copies worldwide by 1999 and spawned three successful sequels, plus a multitude of expansion packs and add-ons. The latest iteration, titled Quake Champions, is tentatively set to be unchained sometime in late 2018 for Microsoft Windows.

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In anticipation of Champions' upcoming release by Bethesda Softworks, Titan Comics launched a 4-issue prequel comic series written by Ram V, with art by Alan Quah, in the fall of 2017. It gave ravenous readers a bloody taste of what's to come and ties in directly to the hellish landscapes, ultra-violence, and ancient Elder Gods of Bethesda’s cult favorite video game franchise.

The final combo issue was delivered back in February of this year, spotlighting "grim fighters from the far reaches of the hellverse trained to kill, scavenge and survive."

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“Like every kid at the time, I grew up mashing keyboards and running up headshots in Quake," Ram V told SYFY WIRE. "So to write the lore and origins of these characters was immensely fulfilling. And to do that with Alan Quah’s incredible art telling the story is an opportunity one simply does not pass up!”

A new, 112-page deluxe collected edition of Quake Champions is set to blast into comic shops and online retailers from Titan on Tuesday, May 29, and we've got an 11-page peek to prime you for the fantastic futuristic frag-fest.

Descend into the insane depths of this interdimensional rift in the full gallery below, then tell us if it enhances your bloodlust and excitement for this collected graphic novel and subsequent Quake video game entry erupting later this summer.