The Metal Gear Solid comic series are comics that cover the storylines of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The comics were published by IDW Publications and are separated into volumes, with both the Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 comics each containing 12 volumes.
The dialogue in the comics is largely taken straight from the respective games, though there are some minor changes. In 2010, a combination was released as an omnibus.
In September 2004, IDW began publishing the first series of Metal Gear Solid comics, written by Kris Oprisko and illustrated by Ashley Wood.
The majority of the dialogue from Metal Gear Solid remains unchanged, but some conversations have been left out, such as Kenneth Baker telling Solid Snake to look on the back of the CD case to find out Meryl Silverburgh's Codec frequency, and some extra scenes have been added, such as the scene where Psycho Mantis tries to take over Gray Fox's mind. All of the characters from the game appear with the exception of Nastasha Romanenko.
IDW published the Sons of Liberty comic book adaptation from 2006 to 2007, illustrated by Ashley Wood and written by Alex Garner. This version deviates from the game, where many scenes involving Raiden are substituted with Snake.
The majority of the dialogue from Metal Gear Solid 2 remains unchanged with only a few conversations being left out, such as those regarding gameplay controls and other schemes. Some new conversations have also been added. Flashbacks were also added giving some insight into Raiden's (a.k.a. Jack) past in the Liberia Civil War, showing him using a sword in combat and also showing an incident where Solidus Snake had Jack kill several POWs via decapitation as the former's "birthday present" to the latter. All of the characters from the game appear with the exception of Richard Ames.
Academic work about Metal Gear Solid comic seriesEdit
Between october 2012 and april 2013, the brazilian academic Rafael Alexandrino Malafaia , from UFPA (Federal University of Pará), under orientation of Prof. Dr. Claudio Mauricio Flores Morales and Prof. MSc.Luiz Guilherme dos Santos Junior , wrote the Work of Conclusion of Graduation The Reception of Arms Race by Sequential Art Narrative Metal Gear Solid (once the academic coursed German Language, the original title was Die Rezeption des Rüstungswettlauf durch sequentielle Kunserzählugen anhand der Illustrierte Metal Gear Solid - cover below), using the Metal Gear Solid Official Comic Book wrote for Kris Oprisko and illustrated by Ashley Wood. The work was presented to UFPA academic society at April 05, 2013.