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Splinter Cell: Echoes comic series bridges gap between Conviction and Blacklist

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sam Fisher is getting his own comic book series, Splinter Cell: Echoes, in 2013, offering fans some insight into the story leading up to next year's video game sequel, Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

Ubisoft announced the talent behind the comic book spin-off today, tapping writer Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, Grifter, The Activity) and artist Marc Laming (Planet of the Apes, The Activity) to bring Fisher's expanded adventures to the page. Edmondson tells IGN that it was The Activity, a spy-fi military action thriller published by Image Comics, that got the attention of Ubisoft.

Edmondson says the goal of Splinter Cell: Echoes was to create a book enjoyable to both gamers and non-gamers alike. Its subject matter touches on what's been happening during Sam Fisher's downtime between Splinter Cell games.

"Splinter Cell Echoes bridges the events of Splinter Cell Conviction and Blacklist," Edmondson says. "I can't say much more than that at this point, as Sam Fisher's path has some very interesting turns post-Conviction."

Ubisoft's official announcement on the comic says Echoes will also "incorporate events from the franchise deemed by the Splinter Cell community to be the most iconic."

IGN has a few preview pages of Splinter Cell: Echoes and an interview with Edmondson, if Sam Fisher's transmedia adventures have you intrigued.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist is scheduled for a spring 2013 release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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