TF2 didn't start with a lot of story. There wasn't room for one. But as the updates got more ambitious, we found the perfect way to explore the mercs' world: comics. Over the years, the comics have spawned ancillary characters, then assistants to the ancillary characters. Companies mentioned in passing became global empires three generations old. The game that started as a handful of guys in a desert shooting at each other slowly blossomed into the most labyrinthine story in Valve history.
— TeamFortress.com, Comics overview
Comics are short stories that offer insight to the world of Team Fortress 2, as seen through the eyes of the mercenaries, their boss, and the colorful characters that make up their adventures.
The story of Team Fortress 2 boasts a very loose continuity. Though comics serve to explain concepts such as the origins of a weapon, some events may conflict.
The first six Team Fortress 2 comics, released individually to promote major updates, also introduced popular non-player characters, particularly the Administrator, Saxton Hale, Miss Pauling, and Merasmus. The same six comics were collected in Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories, a hardcover compilation of comics that are based on the lore of three Valve games. The book was published by Dark Horse Comics, and released on November 16, 2011.
The comics that followed expanded into promotion of Winter Holiday and Halloween events as well as the Robot War storyline of Mann vs. Machine mode.
With Ring of Fired, a certain segment of the comics stepped beyond Team Fortress 2 updates, beginning the Team Fortress Comics series, a long-running series that expands on character's stories and introduces the Team Fortress Classic mercenaries as adversaries. To date, that series is not particularly tied to ongoing Team Fortress 2 content or releases, but rather follows the characters through their search for missing hordes of Australium.
List of comics
The Naked and the Dead
January 10, 2017
July 7, 2016
Gargoyles & Gravel
October 28, 2015
August 31, 2015
July 1, 2015
October 29, 2014
Blood in the Water
October 2, 2014
May 2, 2014
A Cold Day in Hell
April 2, 2014
December 4, 2013
October 28, 2013
Ring of Fired
August 27, 2013
Death of a Salesbot
May 17, 2013
December 20, 2012
October 24, 2012
A Fate Worse Than Chess
August 13, 2012
August 12, 2012
A Smissmas Story
December 15, 2011
December 13, 2011
October 27, 2011
July 20, 2011
Meet the Director
May 5, 2011
Bidwell's Big Plan
September 30, 2010
July 2, 2010
A Visual History
June 10, 2010
December 17, 2009
The Insult That Made a "Jarate Master" Out of Sniper
May 20, 2009.
|Series of Saxton Hale Comic Book Covers|
Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories
Art Pass Contest Comic
Lecture Valley (1)
- Poopy Joe – Found by clicking the phrase "poor monkey" on page 10 of WAR! Comic.
- The Poopy Joe Files - The partial transcript of U.S. Senate hearings, found by clicking the banana peel at the bottom of the Pyromania Update page.
- The Insult That Made a "Jarate Master" Out of Sniper – Found on Day 7 of the Sniper vs. Spy Update.
- The last will and testament of Zepheniah Mann - Found by clicking the name "Zepheniah Mann" written on the tombstone on the Halloween Special 2009 page of the Haunted Hallowe'en Special update. Also found by clicking on the "* See issue #97" block on page 4 of Loose Canon.
- The full will without obscuring sand is here.
- The partial Mann family portrait - Found by clicking the name "Barnabas Hale" in The last will and testament of Zepheniah Mann.
- The whole Mann family portrait - Found by clicking the word "Silas" written on the tombstone on the Halloween Special 2010 page of the Scream Fortress Update.
- Hey Sniper! comic - Found by clicking the High Five Taunt tab from the Mann Сo Manniversary Catalog
- Soldier Needs a Home comic - Found by clicking the soup can on the bottom of the Pyromania Update Page
- Lecture Valley Spread - Found by clicking the period at the end of the Business Time blog post.
- The Insult That Made a "Jarate Master" Out of Sniper marked the first appearance of Saxton Hale. At the time, Saxton Hale was a one-shot gag, but later proved popular with the community and became a notable figure related to Team Fortress 2.
- ↑ Comics, TeamFortress.com, accessed March 30, 2019
- ↑ "VALVE PRESENTS: THE SACRIFICE AND OTHER STEAM-POWERED STORIES", Dark Horse Comics, accessed November 2, 2011.