IGN reports that Wildstorm is canceling its ongoing World of Warcraft and Starcraft comic series, and will replace them with a series of original graphic novels.
Both comics are based on the Blizzard Entertainment video games (and MMORG, in the case of Warcraft) of the same name. The announcement comes at an interesting time, as next month was supposed to see a name change for the Warcraft title to World of Warcraft: Alliance and the launch of a second title called World of Warcraft: Horde. Today’s World of Warcraft Special will be the last Warcraft comic, while January’s Starcraft #7 will be its last.
“While WildStorm and Blizzard loved the stories being told in the regular monthly comic-book series, we decided that the graphic novel would be a more suitable medium for the tales we wanted to tell next,” Hank Kanalz, vice president and general manager of Wildstorm, told the site. “The larger format will give our artists and storytellers more room to explore Blizzard’s rich, varied worlds and flesh out the characters that inhabit these places.”
No details on format or timing for the OGNs have been announced yet.