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Front cover for the first hardback volume of the Metal Gear Solid comic.

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 are 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. An art book was released in 2007, and in 2010, a combination was released as an omnibus.[1] A deluxe version of both comic book series containing all 24 volumes is planned to be released in 2014.

Metal Gear Solid Edit

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.

The adaption of Metal Gear Solid was later released as an interactive comic book on the PlayStation Portable as part of Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel.

Several copies of Metal Gear Solid #1 can be seen in the office of the Groznyj Grad prison in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Edit

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, aka Jack's past in the Liberia Civil War, showing him using a sword in combat and also showing an incident where Solidus 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.

Behind the scenesEdit

Volume #1 of the Metal Gear Solid series is the only volume in the set that has variant covers. It also the only volume in both series to have the most variant covers, with a total of 5.

Variant cover #1-C and #1-D of the Sons of Liberty series were never released in stores. Instead, they were only obtainable via IDW's official website for a limited time.

Volumes #0, #5, #10, #11 and #12 are the only volumes in the Sons of Liberty series to not have variant covers.

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