The story picks up after Autralia became a barren wasteland due to a fusion core meltdown. It follows Roadhog as the subject of the comic who, after dispatching a group of would-be raiders from his shack, enters Junkertown. Inside it’s revealed that he buys the canisters he inhales in the game to heal himself from an old engineer named Bruce. The two seem to share a special bond that dates before Australia became a wasteland, as Bruce addressed Roadhog by his real name, Mako.
Roadhog runs into Junkrat by happenstance at a bar, as Junkrat was being shaken down for information on some hidden treasure. Although Roadhog was initially uninterested in Junkrat’s predicament, one of the hecklers made the poor choice of provoking Roadhog, which resulted in Roadhog beating all of them out of the bar. Roadhog then spoke his first words in the entire comic, as he demanded 50 percent of the hidden treasure from Junkrat.
Although Roadhog isn’t the most talkative character in-game or out, the comic depicts him as a quite verbose thinker, though he doesn’t verbalize his thoughts. The comic also hints at a past transgression from Roadhog toward the queen of Junkertown, which led to him having to forfeit his weapons when entering the town. The comic also gave a glimpse of Junkrat’s standing in Junkertown, which seems to be on shaky ground to say the least.
Wednesday’s release was the 14th digital comic from the Overwatch team, which each one covering the stories of heroes in the game. The previous issue explained what Doomfist and his mercenary group Talon was up to after the announcement of his release. The comic line was also used to promote seasonal events, such as the Junkenstein’s Revenge during last year’s Halloween, which showcased skins for Junkrat and Roadhog.
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