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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., Comics overview[1]

Comics are short stories that offer insight into 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 storyline boasts a very loose continuity - although 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.[2]

The comics that followed expanded into promotion of Winter Holiday and Halloween events, as well as the Robot War storyline of the 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. Comics are not particularly tied to ongoing Team Fortress 2 content or releases, but rather follow the characters through their search for missing Australium supplies.

List of comics


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The Naked and the Dead
January 10, 2017
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The Showdown
July 7, 2016
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Gargoyles & Gravel
October 28, 2015
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Old Wounds
August 31, 2015
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The Contract
July 1, 2015
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Blood Money
October 29, 2014
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Blood in the Water
October 2, 2014
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May 2, 2014
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A Cold Day in Hell
April 2, 2014
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Unhappy Returns
December 4, 2013
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Grave Matters
October 28, 2013
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Ring of Fired
August 27, 2013
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Death of a Salesbot
May 17, 2013
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Shadow Boxers
December 20, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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A Fate Worse Than Chess
August 13, 2012
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Blood Brothers
August 12, 2012
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A Smissmas Story
December 15, 2011
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True Meaning
December 13, 2011
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October 27, 2011
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Grordbort's Crash
July 20, 2011
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Meet the Director
May 5, 2011
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Bidwell's Big Plan
September 30, 2010
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Loose Canon
July 2, 2010
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A Visual History
June 10, 2010
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WAR! comic
December 17, 2009
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The Insult That Made a "Jarate Master" Out of Sniper
May 20, 2009.

Saxton Series

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Series of Saxton Hale Comic Book Covers

Other material


See also: Hidden pages


  • The Insult That Made a "Jarate Master" Out of Sniper marked the first appearance of Saxton Hale. Saxton Hale was initially sought as a one-shot gag, but later proved to be popular with the Team Fortress 2 community and became a notable figure in the game.


  1. Comics,, accessed March 30, 2019
  2. "VALVE PRESENTS: THE SACRIFICE AND OTHER STEAM-POWERED STORIES", Dark Horse Comics, accessed November 2, 2011.