The very first Overwatch digital comic was titled "Train Hopper" and featured gunslinger Jesse McCree. That character has since been renamed "Cole Cassidy" due to the ongoing sexual harassment issues swirling at Blizzard, which has also prompted the company to rewrite the lore behind the character to explain the name change.
That will all be explained in detail in a new digital comics series by Dark Horse titled, appropriately, "New Blood." Written by Ray Fawkes and illustrated by Irene Koh, Deron Bennett, Suzanne Geary, the five-issue series will delve into Cassidy's search for a "new crew" and also explain the reasoning behind his new (or old) name.
The description of the comic reads as follows:
With chaos and devastation rife around the world, Cole Cassidy receives the call to rejoin Overwatch... but memories of its fall still haunt him. After an unexpected reunion with an old friend, Cassidy considers that maybe Overwatch needs more than the old crew to give it new life.
The first chapter of the comic is available for free reading or downloading on the Overwatch site, along with the first chapter of a text story, titled Deadlock Rebels, which -- if you can judge a book by its cover -- seemes to cover the (mis)adventures of a young Cassidy and Ashe.
Related to the comic is the in-game event is Cassidy's New Blood Challenge, which runs from today until November 23. It offers the usual slew of rewards, including a player icon, sprays, and the Sandstorm Cassidy skin. You can earn more rewards by watching selected Overwatch streamers on Twitch. Learn more about the challenge on the Overwatch site.
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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