Valve’s new Team Fortress 2 comic isn’t a teaser for anything, okay? “Sometimes reading is its own reward”

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Despite the fact it’s free, the critical acclaim spanning most of a decade and the infinitely large Steam install base, there are still places TF2 cannot reach. Most planes, for instance. The belly of a whale. Probably tunnels.

For those places, there are TF2 comics. Valve’s latest is a standalone affair – in that it doesn’t hint at the events of an upcoming holiday event or freight patch. It’s the first in a six-part series, with a new entry released every two weeks. Its cover features a naked Saxton Hale – and Valve promise “at least one person dies in it”.

“This is the first time we’re releasing a comic that isn’t tied to an impending update,” write the dev team. “Why are we doing this? Because sometimes reading is its own reward. Not most of the time, obviously.

“But we think you’ll agree this comic series deserves to join the menu at the Olive Garden, Fitzscott Gerald’s The Great Greatsby, and the beginning part of a jet-ski manual that tells you how to start the jet-ski as one of the three or four things humanity has produced that’s actually worth reading.”

It is worth reading. Though I must warn you: there will be moderate pap-a-pap-papping, sustained dap-a-pap-dapping, and tonks to the head right from the start.

Which has been your favourite entry in the TF2 RED/BLU library to date?