I saw a post on Facebook the other day asking which was your first video game system. After scanning all the choices given, I didn’t see mine, the Atari 2600. It’s hard to imagine that so many systems have come and gone since the debut in 1977 (back when it was just the Atari Video Game system), that it wouldn’t be among the options included. Sure folks like God of War, Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, but think of the staying power of Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Centipede. There are so many new games coming out that as soon as one hits the shelf, it’s outdated. But the nostalgia for the original Atari games lives on so much, we’re getting art books and comics for them now.
Here we have some process art for the Centipede comics series from Dynamite that was just collected into a trade. The series is written by Max Bemis (Foolkiller) and drawn by Eoin Marron (Sons of Anarchy) and tell the story of a terrifying creature from beyond the starts attacking a planet. We follow Dale, the sole survivor that has already accepted that his planet is destroyed, now he’s just in it for revenge.
I never really thought about the back story on games in the 80s. Didn’t wonder why the aliens were attacking or even why the frog wanted to cross the stream. But now, backstory is everything, just look at World of Warcraft and the lore involved in that. So the idea that your trying to get revenge on a giant killer centipede works just fine for me.