Overwatch Digital Comic: Masquerade

The recent Overwatch digital comic “Masquerade” focuses on Doomfist, but with support Talon characters.

The story begins with Doomfist destroying a wall with his bare hand, escaping the prison. This on itself is a bit controversial, because we know Doomfist uses a mechanical fist weapon, but in this case he is using his barehand. Does he have some kind of mutant power? Meta-human? Or is his right hand a prosthesis? Otherwise, that scene didn’t make sense.

Reaper lands a ship to pick Doomfist up. He immediately asks for a status report on the Russian mission.

As you might remember, this was the Sombra cinematic “Infiltration.” It is revealed that the order to assassinate Katya Volskaya came from a new character named Vialli.

 

Doomfist criticizes the decision, and in contrast thinks Katya is needed alive for Talon’s plans to keep the fight going.

Doomfist believes in a world of conflict as the means to make humanity stronger, through survival of the fittest.

Reaper also reveals he witnessed Sombra’s hidden agenda with Katya. That Sombra botched the assassination on purpose, and blackmailed Katya.

Doomfist is ok with Talon members having ambition. He knows Widowmaker killed Mondatta in London (as seen in the cinematic: “Alive“). This means Widowmaker worked alone and behind Talon’s back.

Another awkward moment happened afterwards when Doomfist says: “who would have thought Overwatch would get involved?” in the London Uprising. As if Doomfist is unaware that Reaper was formerly an Overwatch/Blackwatch leader.

Is Reaper lying to Doomfist about his origins as Gabriel Reyes? If you read the Uprising digital comic, you know pretty well within the first two pages that Gabriel sent Blackwatch undercover into London knowing that Overwatch was banned from operating in Britain and that Blackwatch agents were suspended. So Overwatch agents intervening during Uprising was pretty much Gabriel’s underground orders.

Another revelation is that Reaper did actually retrieved part of the Overwatch database during the cinematic “Recall” with a partial list of Overwatch’s sleeper agents. Reaper said he already killed some of them.

Another new character is mentioned. Maximilien is a french omnic that apparently has given loans and information to Doomfist before. He meets Doomfist and Widowmaker at a casino in Monaco. Maximilien is another casino player, not an owner.

There is a Talon leadership shake up going on between Doomfist and Vialli. The latter sends goons to kill Doomfist at the Casino.

Talon travels to Venice, infiltrating a masquerade party, to take care of their former co-leader Vialli.

From Doomfist and Vialli’s dialogue exchange, Vialli is into Talon for profits. Doomfist isn’t in this for profits, so he throws Vialli off the bridge to his apparent demise.

It seems Venice is the center of operations for Talon as a round table came into view with them still wearing their masquerade outfits, closing with: “We have a war to start.”

There were seven dark figures sitting in the round table when Doomfist and Reaper entered the room. One of those sitting is Maximilien. Overwall, there are 16 seats on the table, and six of those seats are empty.

One thing this scene tells me is that the Talon is composed of a cabal of various leaders calling the shots. Each serving as an asset, bringing in their expertise and resources to the table. However, not totally loyal as seen with Vialli sending hitmen to take out Doomfist, and Doomfist taking out Vialli in retaliation.

We also see each agent has their own agenda (Widowmaker in London wasn’t a sanctioned kill). Sombra blackmailing Katya, and botching the assassination order. Reaper spying on Sombra. Colorful family of brothers in arms.

On another note, this comic’s end dialogue talks about a war that is about to start. Doomfist just escaped prison. So this is “now” as in present time. Hot off the oven. Meaning the war is coming very soon.

If we ponder that for a second, there are a few possibilities here. I read this comic, and translate it into game content, and what comes up in my mind is New Overwatch events. New Heroes. New Arcade maps, New Quick Play/Competitive Maps thematic around this war aiming to ramp up conflict worldwide — and that means new maps in countries not visited before in Overwatch.

New Skins Coming?

There is another interesting aspect to this comic. If you take a closer look at Widowmaker’s masquerade outfit in the comic cover artwork, she is wearing a more colorful variation of the Odette skin.

 

If the Odette skin already exists, and its origin was the event of the “Masquerade” comic, that means the other disguises are meant to become skins “soon.” These are the characters who were disguised in Vienna: Reaper, Sombra, Widowmaker, and Doomfist.

 

New Maps?

The casino is located in Monaco, and the Venice location feels like the center of operations for Talon, or at least one of their headquarters. The prison itself could potentially be an Arcade battleground map.

You can read the digital comic “Masquerade” at Madefire here.

Overwatch Comic # 7: Ana – Legacy

Blizzard Entertainment published the Overwatch digital comic based on the newest hero: Ana Amari — mother of Pharah. The new story focuses on her early days as the second-in-command of the former Overwatch unit, and how she lost her right-eye years ago.

“The key is to not hesitate. When you have the shot… you take the shot.”

The seventh entry in our free digital comic series, Legacy, explores the backstory of Ana Amari—a former Overwatch captain who has recently emerged from years of seclusion to defend a new generation.

In “Legacy,” Ana’s reputation as one of the world’s deadliest snipers is backed up by the notches in her gun. But every one of those notches represents a life that was taken, and every single life weighs heavily on her conscience.

Still, Overwatch’s agents need someone to keep them safe in the field, and Ana never hesitates to protect the people she cares about… that is, until a familiar face shows up at the end of her scope.

Written by Blizzard’s own Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Bengal (Spider-Gwen, All-New Wolverine, Batgirl), “Ana: Legacy” is now available to read in full at comic.playoverwatch.com. You can also experience the action and sound of this story through the Madefire motion book on desktop, mobile, and Apple TV.

We hope you enjoy it—and stay tuned for more Overwatch digital comics coming soon!

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Overwatch Story – México Launches Lumérico Power Plant

This — how can I call it? — Reality News story is written in a way that the Atlas News is reporting the official launch of México’s new flagship nuclear power plant… Lumérico. For those who haven’t played Overwatch yet, this is the power plant where you escort the payload in the El Dorado map.

There are many objects, and graffiti throughout El Dorado, and one of the graffiti says “Los Muertos.” This story tells us a bit about who that gang is, and how they came to power.

The Atlas News also reports about a wanted fugitive who has been attacking former Overwatch facilities across the United States, and has been last seen in the border of México. La Procuraduría General del Distrito Federal de México has set a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Soldier: 76. Share your thoughts with Blizzard here.

LumériCo Vision for Mexico Unveiled, but Threats to Safety and Security Remain

by Atlas News Staff – 05/18/2016

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WHO ARE LOS MUERTOS?

Little is currently known about the Los Muertos organization. Though most consider it to be a lawless, opportunistic gang, its members style themselves as revolutionaries who represent those left behind by the government after the widespread devastation of the Omnic Crisis.

That mission stands in stark contrast to their methods and the overwhelming evidence of their criminal activities.

 

 

 

LUMÉRICO UNVEILS FLAGSHIP POWER PLANT

Today, LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero announced the completion of the Dorado nuclear plant, the last link in the company’s long-awaited network that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to the entirety of the country. 

“This is a great moment for Mexico. As president, it was my dream to not only repair the infrastructure destroyed during La Medianoche, but to provide this country with infrastructure that will make it the envy of the world. Today, that dream is a reality, as I and LumériCo, have made this possible,” notes Portero.

“Now we turn our attention to the future, and to others who might benefit from our country’s leadership.”

 

 

 

WANTED FUGITIVE | “SOLDIER: 76”

There are reports that the international fugitive “Soldier: 76” has been sighted in Dorado. Last seen in the USA following a string of attacks on former Overwatch facilities, it appears that he may have crossed the border into Mexico. 

If you have any knowledge about the individual’s whereabouts or activities, please contact the authorities. A reward of $10,000,000 has been offered for any information leading to his capture.

Overwatch Comics: Symmetra – A Better World

Symmetra: A Better World is the fourth digital comics published by Blizzard Entertainment, written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz.

This story takes us to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the office of the Mayor. There is a negotiation. The Mayor has to decide between two corporation’s proposals: The Vishkar Corporation’s or Calado’s.

The Vishkar Corporation is known for its hard-light technology. Satya Vaswani (aka Symmetra) is their most talented engineer. Her plan is to provide improved housing for residents of the Favela and everyone in Rio de Janeiro. It’s clear the Madame Mayor isn’t too supportive of helping the favelas (suburbs or slums).

With negotiations going in favor of the competition, Symmetra is sent by the Vishkar Corporation owner to infiltrate Calado’s offices in search of dirt to put on his name to force the Mayor into accepting Vishkar’s proposal instead.

Things don’t go as planned, and Symmetra’s actions lead to disaster. Now she must look deep into her soul in search of answers. What’s the price for making the world a better place? Read the comics here.

UPDATE: Robert Brooks tweeted me this comics has an interactive motion version with special sound effects and mustic.

 

Trivia

Symmetra grew up in Hyderabad (India). Age 28.
Characters: Mr. Sanjay Korpal (Vishkar Corporation’s owner), Madame Mayor, Mr. Calado (owner of Calado Corporation).

The true enemy of humanity is disorder.

A Better World, the fourth in our series of free digital comic shorts, follows Symmetra as she embarks on an unexpectedly dangerous endeavor in corporate espionage.

In “A Better World,” when the Vishkar Corporation’s proposal to remodel a Brazilian city center is blocked by the mayor, the company calls on Symmetra—the secret identity of Vishkar architech Satya Vaswani—to get the contract by any means necessary. But when events explode out of control, Symmetra finds herself in over her head… and winds up questioning her mission.

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Overwatch Comics: Pharah – Mission Statement

The Overwatch Comics: Pharah “Mission Statement” is written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Nesskain.

This story reveals that the Anubis A.I. was one of the “God Programs’ the old Overwatch quarantined after the Omnic Crisis. The Helix Securities took over the Anubis Facility afterwards. Somehow the Anubis A.I. broke its containment and declared humanity as its biggest threat, taking over command over the Sentry bots to protect the Anubis facility from intruders.

One of the Helix soldiers, Tariq, was a former IT worker at the Anubis Facility a year before this mission, and warns that if the Anubis A.I. was able to take control of other Omnics, and gets to bypass the Helix Firewall to access the internet things would go bad.

This mission marked Pharah with a question that drove her mind for some time: What’s more important? The man or the mission?

Captain Khalil, who knew Pharah’s mother, rang her bell reminding her that her mother valued the sense of family. The Squad is her mission. Every man in the team is important to fulfill the mission.

The story also reveals the origin of her facial tattoo. Pharah’s mother had the same tattoo. This mission and the lesson about what loyalty to your team means inspired her to honor her mother by wearing her tattoo. The tattoo is called a Udjat — the Eye of Horus.

Other Helix Securities soldiers is Pharah’s Squad: Mahmud, Saleh, Lieutenant Amari, Aizad, Captain Khalil, Okoro (Omnic).

You can read Pharah: “Mission Statement” at Blizzard’s Overwatch Comics section.

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Overwatch Digital Comic: Going Legit – Junkrat

Blizzard Entertainment posted the third Overwatch digital comic by Robert Brooks (writer) and Gray Shuko (Fruity Frags, artist). “Going Legit” features a story of Junkrat and Roadhog.

In this comics, Junkrat and Roadhog have been hired by a company CEO to do a legit rescue job involving Omnics terrorists. However, things aren’t as they seem. Junkrat is funny, and not the most brilliant person, but he does two things really well: blowing things up, and payback.

It’s a perfect day for some mayhem.

Going Legit, the third in our series of free digital comic shorts, highlights the antics of Junkrat and Roadhog—two notorious Junkers on a international crime spree that shows no sign of slowing down.

In “Going Legit,” Junkrat and Roadhog are suddenly faced with the lucrative option of becoming legitimate businessmen when omnics take over a factory in Sydney. They intend to complete their assignment like real professionals … even if they have to blow up the city to do it.

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Overwatch: Reinhardt # 1 Comics Released

Blizzard Entertainment released today the Overwatch: Reinhardt # 1 digital comic by writer Matt Burns and artist Nesskain.

The story is set prior to Overwatch reforming. Reinhardt seems to be somewhere in Germany based on the food he wants to eat, but sadly the comic doesn’t provide a specific town location.

In addition, a new character is introduced: Brigitte. The only breadcrumb of info one may decipher is that she is a adventure companion of Reinhardt, and that she repurposes materials to repair his old armor. She is some kind of techno-blacksmith as seen in one of the frames where she is hammering down armor parts with a hammer on an anvil, and uses a wi-fi tablet with internet and likely satellite surveillance access to locate the dragon gang.

The comics goal is to teach the reader what drives Reinhardt to fight, and what for.

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