Half-Life: A Place In The West gets new chapter

Latest in licensed digital comic series launches.

The latest issue of Half-Life: A Place in the West – the digital comic that started life as a fan project before being given the appropriate friendly legal papers by Valve to release commercially – is now available via Steam, for $1.99 / £1.49.

Aptly following Chapter 3, Chapter 4 continues the story that’s being read by 75,000 people on Steam – an unusual comic platform, perhaps, but being run by Valve it’s probably about as Half-Lifey as digital distributors get.

Says co-creator Ross Joseph Gardner:

We started work on Chapter 4 since before we even released Chapter 3, and we’re extremely proud of the result. While we’re pleased with all the chapters we’ve put out, and the quality on display from all our wonderful artists, we really feel that Chapter 4 marks a significant leap in quality to us. A Place In The West started out as a fan project, and I think since then the comic has really come into its own. We couldn’t be more excited about taking the story forward.

A Place in the West’s story picks up where Half-Life the game series left up, with Earth having fallen under the grip of the totalitarian Combine empire following a scientific experiment gone very wrong.

As a group of military commandos sweep across the American wasteland kidnapping children, a troubled father, an intrepid young scientist, and an ancient alien warrior are drawn to the strange city from which the attackers sprung: New Franklin. Once inside, they discover a powerful secret – but the city holds many dangers, and deceptive temptations.


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