Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Released: October 10th 2017
Issues: Overwatch 1-12
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 you to buy it), but they’re still fun to read as a complete set. I’m sure we all have a favorite character (or two) that’ll help us decide which story is our favorite.
McCree: Train Hopper – Written by Robert Brooks and illustrated by Bengal. It’s a tale about McCree and how he’ll always be followed by his past, even when he’s trying to move past it. This is a great story, especially for all the McCree fans out there.
Reinhard: Dragon Slayer – Written by Matt Burns and illustrated by Nesskain. This is a tale about Reinhard doing what he does best: standing up for those who can’t do it for themselves. I really like this one, as it makes you so aware of just how human Reinhard is. Bonus, Brigitte makes an appearance.
Junkrat and Roadhog: Going Legit – Written by Robert Brooks and illustrated by Gray Shuko. Junkrat and Roadhog make an attempt at doing some legitimate work, in the form of blowing stuff up and saving some hostages (discreetly, of course). Things go belly up pretty fast, and Junkrat is reminded of why he hates suits. This story is absolutely hilarious and will make any fan of Junkrat and Roadhog crack up.
Symmetra: A Better World – Written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Jeffrey Cruz. This story has Symmetra debating what is right and wrong, and do the ends always justify the means. This story did a great job of letting you see into Symmetra’s head and the way she thinks.
Pharah: Mission Statement – Written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Nesskain. Thanks to complications during a mission, Pharah is forced to question which is more important, her team or the mission. I really loved this one – it explains so much about why Pharah acts the way she does.
Torbjorn: Destroyer – Written by Micky Neilson and illustrated by Gray Shuko. Thanks to an Titan class Omnic going on a rage, Torbjorn is called in to handle it, which really is the only logical choice. I wish this story had focused more on Torbjorn, but beggers can’t be choosers I suppose.
Ana: Legacy – Written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Bengal. Ana, being the sniper on her team, has taken a farther location in order to spot for her team. The situation escalates quickly and Ana loses some members of her team before she can react. She manages to get a shot off on the killer, but she’s shocked by the identity of the person. This story was fantastic and epic. I wish I could read it for the first time all over again.
Ana: Old Soldiers – Written by Michael Chu and illustrated by Bengal. This is a Soldier 76 and Ana story; they’re working different ends to take down the same enemy. This one was fantastic. It clearly shows how old teammates can still work together, even after years of no communication (and the irony that they’re both presumed dead isn’t lost on me).
Junkenstein – Written by Michael Chu and Matt Burns, and illustrated by Gray Shuko. A ‘scary’ tale as told by Reinhard, though I think the only person he succeeds in scaring is himself. It’s a fun twist of the Frankenstein story, with a lot of room for laughs.
Reflections – Written by Michael Chu and illustrated by Miki Montlo. Tracer is frantically running around the city, stopping small crimes and constantly arriving at a store just as it closes. Meanwhile Winston is home wondering if he’ll have Christmas alone this year. This is a very sweet story, and probably one of my favorites. I love seeing the characters interact; but I think the Tracer/Winston relationship is by far the cutest.
Binary – Written by Matt Burns and James Waugh, and illustrated by Joe Ng and Espen Grundetjern. A rogue Bastion has been spotted ‘terrorizing’ a nearby town, so naturally Tjorborn steps up to take care of it. Only once he catches up with the ‘monster’ does he find that even Bastions can change their ways. I’m a little biased with this one, as Bastion is one of my favorite characters (not to play, he’s just super cute).
Uprising – Written by Michael Chu and illustrated by Gray Shuko. Finally! An origin story! Well, sort of. It’s the team (or at least part of it) while they debate on whether or not to step in during a situation they’ve been asked to stay out of. This story did a great job of showing the political difficulties the Overwatch team has been up against.