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Hawken's free tie-in comic includes closed beta code

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Adhesive Games and digital comics publisher Comixology (opens in new tab) probably touched upon the very essence of geekdom when they concocted an offer involving viewing colorful pictures of robots blowing each other up to access actual gameplay of robots blowing each other up. Downloading the free first issue of Hawken: Genesis (opens in new tab) not only offers an expository primer of the backstory behind why everyone turned so trigger-happy, it also gets you a code for the third and final closed beta event starting November 20. Have they no sense of restraint?

The graphic novel series releases in full in March 2013, but the first issue is an excellent chrome-flavored taste of the planet Illal's identity in the grand scheme of Hawken's bipedal ballistics. You'll need to register an account with Comixology to nab the actual download, but it thankfully doesn't require credit card info or anything of a monetary nature.

Hawken rolls out December 12 .

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?