Resident Evil: The Official Comic Magazine was a five-part series of quarterly-released comics published by WildStorm, a DC Comics subsidiary, between March 1998 and February 1999.
The series was a compilation of short stories consisting of adaptations of the first two games' events (alluded and depicted) and related side-stories along with original tales. The ending of Issue #5 was followed by Resident Evil: Fire and Ice in 2001, which continued on as a single story, using several characters from the Official Comic Magazine. A third entry in the series, simply titled "Resident Evil" (though referred to as "Resident Evil Vol 2" in copyright documents) was released in 2009, though made no mention of the events of the first two entries.
|Issue no.||Cover art||Release date||Stories|
|Issue #1||March 1998||"S.T.A.R.S. Files"|
"Who Are Those Guys?"
|Issue #2||June 1998||"A New Chapter of Evil"|
|Issue #3||September 1998||"Wolf Hunt"|
|Issue #4||December 1998||"Night Stalkers"|
|Issue #5||February 1999||"...And the Last Shall Be First"|
"Emmy's Bloody Spoon"
Differences between the Mainstream and WildStorm universesEdit
Like the S.D. Perry novels, the comics also explored events occurring beyond Resident Evil 2 (the latest game during the series' publication) and thus were contradicted by later games. The following are a few examples:
- The name of the Kendo Gun Shop owner is given as "George." His name was later revealed to be Robert in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
- That lickers are described as a product of the G-virus, rather than being mutated zombies (t-Virus creatures).
- The G-Virus and t-Virus are mostly interchangeable. Several stories in the comics depict zombies being created as a result of the G-Virus, and animals and humans being seemingly impregnated by the mutated William Birkin turning into zombies upon rejecting the G-embryo, instead of the infant mutant bursting from their bodies.
- Raccoon City's infection was the result of a test tube containing a t-Virus sample being flung into a river when the Spencer Mansion blew up, thus contaminated its water supply.
- The release of the t-Virus at the mansion was a deliberate act on the part of Umbrella to test its effects on humans.
Ninety 'character cards' were published by WildStorm to advertise their series. These cards included 36 each of Leon and Claire; 9 on various creatures; another three focused specifically on the T-00 and six more on "G".