Setting the stage for the highly-anticipated new film Warcraft, Legendary Comics announced the official graphic novel prequel Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood today at the Blizzard Comic-Con panel. Based on the fantasy phenomenon from Blizzard Entertainment, this thrilling adventure of bravery, bloodshed and brotherhood is an original story conceived by Blizzard's Chris Metzen, written by the award-winning Chris Metzen (Doctor Who) and featuring art from Mat Broome (Batman: No Man's Land, WildC.A.T.S., Witchblade). Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood will be released in May 2016, weeks before the movie hits theaters on June 10th.

Warcraft will be a part of the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con, which takes place Saturday, July 11 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Hall H. The video game adaptation will be joined by Crimson Peak and Krampus, although it hasn't been confirmed which cast members and filmmakers from each movie will be present. It also isn't known what will be shown to the thousands of fans, but it's possible that they could debut the very first movie trailer.

The Warcraft universe is a rich fantasy setting that revolves around the epic conflict between the opposing forces of the Horde and the Alliance. Since its debut in 1994, Warcraft has developed a loyal following across the globe, with several bestselling, award-winning PC games and a range of popular licensed products including novels, action figures, apparel, comic books, board games, and more. "World of Warcraft," Blizzard Entertainment's subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Warcraft universe, is the most popular game of its kind in the world. Its most recent expansion, "Wrath of the Lich King," is the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with more than 2.8 million copies sold in its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million in its first month. Check out the logo and prequel comic artwork below, and stay tuned for more from the Legendary panel on Saturday.

<strong><em>Warcraft</em></strong> Movie Logo

<strong><em>Warcraft</em></strong> Prequel Comic Artwork