The Children’s Crusade Opens Up Jensen’s World in Deus Ex #1 [Exclusive Preview]
This summer, Adam Jensen continues his technologically augmented adventures in Square Enix's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The video game picks up a few years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, in which Jensen attempted to stop the Illuminati's plans to ruin advances in transhumanism. Unfortunately because Human Revolution is a prequel to the original Deus Ex, the events of the Panchaea Incident, in which augmented humans go on a hallucinatory rampage brought about by the Illuminati, are unavoidable. The only thing Jensen can do is choose just how much of the truth the public learns about what really happened on that fateful day.
In Mankind Divided, the augmented populace is a minority fighting for equality, though the efforts have been set back by the Panchaea Incident and a rise in terrorist activity in the years since. Jensen is now a member of a global coalition that attempts to quell the insurgences, and he must delicately balance his own opinions as an augmented human with those of his employers and the people of the world in fear for their lives on both sides of the conflict. Before Mankind Divided arrives, Titan Comics will release a prequel comic to the prequel sequel that's also still a prequel, which will detail Jensen's first mission with Task Force 29.
The series will be written by Adam Irvine, who's no stranger to video game narrative adaptations. In addition to the Deus Ex comic, Irvine's also written some Batman: Arkham stories, and has a new novel based on Tom Clancy's The Division coming soon. John Aggs will handle art, which should be right up his cyberpunk alley. You can check out a preview of the first few pages of Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #1 below before it arrives in stores next week.
DEUS EX #1
WRITER: ALEX IRVINE
ARTIST: JOHN AGGS
COVER A: CONCEPT DESIGN BY YOHANN SCHEPACZ
COVER B: GAME COVER BY MICHAËL VERHAAF
COVER C: ALEX RONALD
COVER D: BLANK SKETCH
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 10
With society still reeling from the Aug Incident - the Illuminati orchestrated event which caused augmented individuals to mindlessly attack their 'natural' counterparts - anti-aug sentiment is at an all-time global high. Task Force 29 - an Interpol-funded coalition, created to quash the rising tide of terrorist activity - stands as the world's main defense against total anarchy.
In the city of Prague, where tension is especially high, the team's latest recruit, Adam Jensen, readies for his first mission with the unit. But being augmented himself, how will the former SWAT officer handle himself when faced with the grim reality of the mechanical apartheid?