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"A prequel to the highly-anticipated game, the Call of Duty®: Black Ops III comic book series follows an elite group of soldiers as they wage a secret war across a futuristic war-torn world transformed by technology"
— Official Description

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a comic book series developed by Dark Horse Comics as a prequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The series is written by Larry Hama and drawn by artist Marcelo Ferreira. It also has art done by colorist Dan Jackson. The first issue of the series was released on November 4. 2015[1].



As a result of the international drone strikes in 2025 caused by Raul Menendez and Cordis Die, the nations of the world began an international agreement known as the Winslow Accord to install Directed Energy Air Defense (D.E.A.D.) Systems across the world to effectively defend international airspace from hostile aircraft. However, accelerated global warming, overpopulation, and rapidly depleting natural resources has led to a Malthusian catastrophe.

By 2037, the technological arms race had reached a head and new geopolitical alliances were forged to protect national interests. France and Germany had left the disintegrating European Union, leaving the EU no choice but to admit Russia in to buy Poland's foreign debt and create a new economic and military alliance known as the Common Defense Pact to protect national interests. Concurrently, the remaining nations of the Winslow Accord devolved into a military alliance to claim the remnants of the world's natural resources and face a new Cold War against the Common Defense Pact to claim what's left of the world.

Issue #1[]

"The team infiltrates Tashkent, Uzbekistan to take down a double agent... but as they close in, they uncover something much more sinister at hand."
— Official plot

The comic opens as Winslow Accord (WA) Operatives Eamon Xu and John Taylor are purchasing a Locus, a BRM and ammo from an arms dealer in the slums of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. As they pay him ¥8 million new yen and leave, a thief kills the arms dealer and steals his money. Taylor pulls the knife from his body, and stabs the thief with it, also taking back their money. They continue on through the slums, discussing their lack of weapons and their exfiltration plan, until they come across a pile of bloodied bodies in an alley and meet up with Dylan Stone, who was ambushed by a red-haired female assailant. Stone douses the bodies with gasoline and incinerates them as the three continue through the slums. Stone argues with John over their lack of sufficient weapons and ammunition, but they continue downwards into the subway. Eamon wonders where Patel is before they enter the subway train. As they board the train, they are confronted by three suspicious men and the red-haired woman corners them back onto the train with her suppressed pistol as the train leaves the station. Suddenly, Patel appears from the shadows, grabs a hammer, and leaps onto the train before it leaves, dodging the woman's gunshots. He appears behind an enemy and bludgeons the hammer into his head as the three operatives take down the enemies and shoot them with their own weapons. They stash their enemies' KN-44s and exit the next station where they meet up with their leader, Jacob Hendricks, who reacts angrily at their blatant disregard for stealth.

Later, Hendricks briefs his team on their target in Tashkent: Timur Abulayev, an undercover spy working for the CDP. As they eat their lunch, they are threatened at gunpoint by a pair of thieves, where Stone openly mocks them. Later still, Eamon and Jacob visit an arms dealer and purchase several boxes of jacketed hollow-points and armor-piercing ammunition for the Locus, boxed ammo for the BRM, and several ammo clips for the KN-44s. Meanwhile, Taylor meets with an informant, Dorrit, and learns that he owns an international trafficking ring of drugs and prostitutes, is headquartered in an abandoned amusement park, and deals business with Mokrie Baba, nicknamed "the Wet Witch of the Lubyanka".

Issue #2[]

"Hendricks and Taylor’s mission to take out an enemy operative leads them from Helsinki, Finland, deep into the Arctic Circle... and deeper into a deadly conspiracy!"
— Official plot

The issue was released on December 2, 2015.[2]

Issue #3[]

"Intel links enemy agent the Red Witch to a local warlord in Mogadishu, Somalia... To take them out, Taylor, Hendricks, and the team will have to blow through a heavy fortress surrounded by fanatical guards."
— Official plot

The issue was released on January 20, 2016.

Issue #4[]

"The Wet Witch may think she’s safe in the penthouse of yakuza boss Oni Bozu, high above the flooded streets of drowned Tokyo... but the team has a strategy to smoke them both out."
— Official plot.

The issue was released on April 6, 2016.

Issue #5[]

"The team heads to Germany to track down tech CEO Ivan Rudel... but they’ll have to fight through his high-tech defenses before they can get a lead on the Red Witch."
— Official plot.

The issue was released on June 29, 2016.

Issue #6[]

"Hendricks’s team takes the fight to Moscow in the explosive conclusion to the prequel to Call of Duty®: Black Ops III. They’ve tracked the Red Witch to the basement of the former KGB headquarters, but they’ll have to fight their way through a maze full of combat robots to get to her."
— Official plot.

This issue was released on September 14, 2016.


  • It's the second comic book series after Modern Warfare 2: Ghost.
  • An exclusive mini-preview of issue #1 was available at the San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
  • Benjamin Carre worked on the first issue as cover artist before being replaced by Anthony Palumbo for the next issues.
  • In issue #1, Eamon and Jacob meet an arms dealer wearing a Sounddial shirt. Sounddial is a reference to one of the music festivals playable in the music rhythm game Guitar Hero Live.