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Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1

(Overwatch Digital Comics)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Your favorite Overwatch heroes' backstories are revealed in this anthology from Dark Horse Books and Blizzard Entertainment!

From Soldier: 76 to Ana, Tracer to Symmetra, discover the history behind the heroes of Overwatch. How did Bastion become part of the team? Why did Ana Amari disappear? Where did Tracer get her catchphrase? Learn all this and more in this hardcover ant
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Dark Horse Books
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Cavak This anthology is a printed compilation of the first twelve comics, starting with Train Hopper and ending with Uprising. The hardcover edition include…moreThis anthology is a printed compilation of the first twelve comics, starting with Train Hopper and ending with Uprising. The hardcover edition includes some behind the scene sketches of covers, panel layouts, select characters, and minor commentary.

If you've already read the comics online (which are still up for free, you might not get much out of this book. Get it if you feel like you absolutely must have them in print.(less)

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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
This is a review by my co-blogger. You can also read it here on the blog.

Ah, Overwatch. The only place where telling the time on your stopped wristwatch is foreshadowing mass manslaughter (at least, you hope so)

Don't you wonder where it all started for our rag-tag band of heroes / villains / ... Wait, why are you here? Well never mind that. This Anthology is essentially a mashup of various official Blizzard Entertainment Overwatch comics that venture into the lives of our characters and
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dropped-series
I got a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

I love playing video games but Overwatch is one that I haven't played yet. You might wonder why I did request this from the publisher. Because A) while I enjoy gaming I suck at it and playing with other people like that freaks me out so I need to gather some more courage and B) I love watching my bf play Overwatch. So when I requested this for review I wanted to read it because I love Overwatch and b
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

McCree – Train Hopper

Script: Robert Brooks
Art: Bengal

Jesse McCree is hitching a ride on the express train when Opción Dos starts to hijack the train. Against his better judgment because he knows he’s just going to get blamed for it stops the hijacking.

McCree's story was a good one, he completely deserves his reputation even if he is trying to move on from the past. He's more of the unsung hero. I really enjoyed Bengal's art. His style of the manga/anime in the digital spectrum fits i
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a printed version of Blizzard's webcomics, with a few sketches and character designs at the end.

The stories are super short, mostly uninteresting and rarely add depth to the characters from the game. The dialogue is bland, the motivation for the characters is shallow and we still don't see any important parts on the history of OW. Just the same generic nonsense that feels more like filler text on a cereal box.

The art varies greatly, but goes from competent to gorgeous- the coloring is a
Colona Public Library
This is full of short stories with the characters of Overwatch. The art I think looks fine, I was kind of hoping for something a little bit more. When I look at the art book and even some of the sprays in the game, I was hoping for a more defined style for this book. There's not much canon or story in Overwatch yet, so don't expect too much story-wise. This is fun, if you are a fan of the game then I would recommend this book. ~Ashley
Mavis Ros
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eyeing this comic from my bro’s desk for a longer while now.

Been thinking of giving this anthology a try cuz I’ve known Overwatch back when the first teaser trailer came out.

I gotta say those were some interesting back stories.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Overwatch. It is easily one of my all-time favourite games that I never get tired of playing. Since the game was released in 2016, a series of digital comic shorts have been released online, giving backstories and additional narratives to some of the characters. Although I have read some of these as they were released, I did not get the chance to read all of them, so I was incredibly eager to read this anthology and I was not disappointed.

McCree: Train Hopper – ★★★★★

Although I
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This 144 page hardcover book collects comics up until Uprising. The comics are:

McCree: Train Hopper
Reinhard: Dragon Slayer
Junkrat and Roadhog: Going Legit
Symmetra: A Better World
Pharah: Mission Statement
Torbjorn: Destroyer
Ana: Legacy
Ana: Old Soldiers

The comics are in full color and look the same as presented by Blizzard. There is no introduction or any kind of write up in the ARC -
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overwatch anthology volume one by Blizzard is a stupendous book I love the game, and I play hours of it a day on my Xbox, and when I read this book, it was my favorite book of all time. Absolutely no other books could compare to it. It basically has most of the Overwatch heroes going on missions, and the stories are portrayed in a Graphic Novel form. It mainly reminded me of other comic books, and I would recommend this great book for anyone who plays Overwatch.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Anyway-- so this is an anthology of a few different Overwatch comics, and each little issue/vignette dips into characters' backstories and important events that happened to them, touching on the relationships within the teams, etc. Each vignette is so short that it constantly leaves you wanting more, though: when it comes to lore for this game, it's like we're parched men in a desert, being fed drips from a
Meredith Katz
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall a good starter set of comics. Variable quality, but all on the higher end -- good art all around, and I'd say the stories' narrative contnt ranged between 3 and 5 stars. Some weaker ones, and in a collection that promised to discover the history behind the history of overwatch, it was slightly disappointing to get multiple around specific of the original heroes and nothing around others, which made some of them seem more important (though, I mean, I know that some of them like Mei and D. ...more
Anniken Haga
I haven't really played Overwatch, but I bought this book for my husband, and also wanted to take a look.

This is a collection of short stories about some of the characters from the game, and also the beginning of a full blown story.
Therefor, there aren't that much I can say about a story line so far, but all the different stories were short and interesting.

The artstyle was a mix of differenr styles, with what seemed like a new artist for every story. I liked most of them, though.
Danielle Messier
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Overall I really liked all the stories. I would give 8 of the stories a 5 so really I give this about a 4.5 rating. It’s nice that one of my favorite games has so many story elements between the comics and the short videos. It’s only made my connection with the characters stronger. My favorite stories include Junkenstein, Reflections, Binary, Urising, Going Legit, Dragon Slayer, and Destroyer. Look forward to seeing more overwatch comics.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved rereading these. The Ana ones are easily favourite. Plus the holiday one with Emily! <3 I can't wait to reread the next set when it comes out in hardcover. ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Overwatch Anthology contains the first twelve stories of our wonderful characters. These include stories about McCree (Train Hopper), Reinhard (Dragon Slayer), Junkrat and Roadhog (Going Legit), Symmetra (A better World), Pharah (Mission Statement), Torbjorn (Drestroyer), Ana (Legacy and Old Soldiers), as well as a couple holiday stories (Junkenstein, Reflections), and a couple of group stories (Binary, and Uprising).
All of these stories can be found online (and thus it isn’t required for
Mark Silva
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, gn-and-cb, sci-fi
The stories behind the chars.

I've played Overwatch a few times, but I'm not a game fanatic. However, I do love the characters, the individuality of each of them and how they feel alive. The comics have given depth to the characters since, in the game, there's no real story behind them.

First thing you notice: the art. Several artists worked on the stories, so the art changed a bit, but they all looked beautiful. Another thing: some of the stories didn't have a big plot, but most did. And that mad
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This anthology has 12 short stories and a sketchbook from the vastly popular Blizzard game, Overwatch. The featured stories in this collection are "McCree: Train Hopper," "Reinhardt: Dragon Slayer," "Junkrat & Roadhog: Going Legit," "Symmetra: A Better World," "Pharah: Mission Statement," "Torbjorn: Destroyer," "Ana: Legacy," and "Ana: Old Soldiers." It also includes the holiday specials "Junkenstein" and "Reflections" as well as "Binary" and "Uprising." Many of these stories are reminiscent wit ...more
Travis Duke
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Some short stories that provide backstories for the characters of overwatch. Some stories are better than others, but mostly they barely scratch the surface. There is clearly a lot of areas in the history of Overwatch blizzard isn't ready to tell us so don't expect anything mind blowing in any of the stories. I personally like the Jack, Anna, and Gabriel stuff. The show that they once were friends but the uprising made them choose sides. Anyways if you don't play the game I wouldn't read this bo ...more
Stephanie Bibb
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I’ll start by saying that I have not played Overwatch, but I enjoyed watching the short video clips that feature the various characters, and I’d heard about the comics, and I wanted to read this.

I thoroughly enjoyed Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1. I loved the little insights into the different characters and the hints about the world. I loved how most of it sort of had this hopeful tone... that they’re out to make the world a better place (for the most part). The stories are short,
Earl C
A wide-ranging collection of the first twelve issues of Overwatch comics tied-in to the popular first person shooter from Blizzard.

Most of these are quite short and the story and artwork vary in quality. On average they deliver decent stories with generally solid art. The greatest draw here is the backstory that is revealed for the world of Overwatch. There are some really interesting insights into the characters and it is an interesting and I think successful effort to combine with the game and
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm a 30-something adult woman who enjoys playing Overwatch and reading graphic novels. I'm not a traditional comic book reader, however, but I thought I'd give this a shot.

My general conclusion was that it was okay. I had more fun reading the comic book aloud to my husband attempting to use character voices than when I was just reading it silently in my head. I mean, the characters have great voicelines, right? And the Reinhardt chapter using a Reinhardt voice? So fun.

But other than that, the b
Kayla Palumbo
Overwatxh: Anthology Volume 1 is a graphic novel based upon the video game Overwatch. Overwatch is a first person multiplayer gun game and in my opinion it is so much fun. In this book it shares little chapters about each character. Each chapter explains back stories for some characters and just funny events that will eventually be put into the game. I really enjoyed this book, because I learned more about the game by reading it. The creative images really entertained me, because I got to see th ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite part was that I read this with the chatacter voices in my head.

The art was so pretty and the stories were compelling even if I didnt completely understand them.

I loved that Tracer had a girlfriend.

We also find out that Tracers name is Lena Oxton and Mercys last name is Zigler.

I feel like the stories were told out of order though in regards to Tracers since the last story shows her as a rookie.

We also had two back to back stories for Ana, a main one with Junkrat and Roadhog along wit
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If your a fan of overwatch go read all of the issues since they are all free on the dark horse app.

Overwatch anthology - overwatch anthology contains the first twelve short stories that are a part of the overwatch comic books that range from Reinhardt to Torbjörn to Ana and widow maker.

My thoughts (the good and bad) - the book is filled with lots of great stories and great art, I really like the origin stories and I like that they were pretty short and not dragged but there were some that I feel
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For what is essentially just another first person shooter, Blizzard sure has managed to carve out a maginificently immersive and deep world, filled with diverse characters and lore we just can't ever seem to get quite enough of.

From lighthearted fun and cheer to mourning losses and exposing old wounds, these short stories don't really focus on epic tales, but do bring to life defining moments in these characters' lives, and tease of more fleshing out to be done. The artwork is absolutely gorgeou
Ann D-Vine
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-comic-hcs
Honestly, they tricked me into buying this because there's lesbians in it. There isn't even much of the lesbians. I have other things to read that actually feature lesbians, but I'm like, "oh, yeah, Overwatch, that's gay." Don't get me wrong - there are lesbians! They celebrate Christmas with their friend, who is a scientist gorilla. Sadly, the majority of these rapid-fire, lore-obsessed vignettes do not have lesbians celebrating Christmas with a scientist gorilla. They have other, less fun thin ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, books-i-own
Nice to have a bound collection of all the digital comics. Some stories are better than others. I particularly enjoy the Ana and Symmetra ones. This was the first time I had read the Uprising comic, and it was a nice companion to the in-game event earlier this year. I think the moments where some of these struggle is when they get try to show big action splashes. It’s just not really clear what’s happening. Overall, I love that Blizzard has had these made - they really flesh out the world of Ove ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been picking this up here & there for a better part of a year now. Its an anthology of the Overwatch comics that I hold near & dear to my heart. This was good, some were slow-moving and in my opinion, too much information on something we already know about (some of the missions were just "eh" and left me wondering why we needed that information). This will make no sense to someone who is not an Overwatch lore-lover or player, but there ya go. Bastion's comic with Torb was my favorite, oka ...more
Iain Knights
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I went in to this hoping for more backstory behind the characters of Overwatch and more in depth interactions between the characters than seen in the game.

Unfortunately, i felt that this book was lacking. The stories were fun, and the art is wonderful, but I don’t feel like i know much more about the majority of the characters outside of what I know about them from playing the game. Aside from a fully fleshed out backstory for Soldier 76 and Ana, as well as a short story which shows Tracer’s ori
J.D. Holman
I'm an Overwatch player, but had previously avoided the backstories to the characters. Read this because I got it through Scholastic for the school library, and wanted to see what age it was appropriate for. There's violence of course, but minimal blood. No vulgarity. No nudity or lewdness. In short, appropriate for kids that are allowed to play the game.

The quality of the art varies from story to story, each with a different team working on it. The writing is pretty good throughout.
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