Overwatch’s new YA novel finally gives us teen heartthrob McCree

*spittoon sound*

Well, effectively, effectively … you wish to study somewhat extra about Overwatch gunslinger Jesse McCree, do ya? Over the years since Blizzard Entertainment’s hero shooter was launched, Blizzard’s dropped us tidbits of lore — peeks at his outlaw life as a part of the Deadlock Gang and Blackwatch, hints of the cynical-yet-justice-minded character. We know him greatest from the quips and quarrels in his voice traces (e.g., “It’s high noon somewhere in the world.” “You seem familiar. Ain’t I killed you before?”).

It’s not a ton to work with, but it surely’s one thing. Sure, the Overwatch animated shorts are good, too, however actual lore nerds the place are the most effective, area of interest data is: within the books. Overwatch’s newest novel is a younger grownup authentic known as Deadlock Rebels, written by creator Lyndsay Ely. And right here’s the most effective half: It’s about McCree and Ashe’s brooding teen years.

Deadlock Rebels was launched Tuesday, a follow-up to Overwatch’s first YA novel, The Hero of Numbani. We’ve recognized in regards to the e-book since final 12 months, however its launch introduced one thing new: The cowl illustration, showcasing Overwatch heroes McCree and Ashe as teenagers.

Cover art for Deadlock Rebels

Image: Xiao Tong Kong, Blizzard Entertainment/Scholastic Books

Look at these little troublemakers — Ashe, together with her hair creating clouds just like the prairie sky at daybreak. And McCree, “the local ruffian,” together with his barely there facial scruff. And then there’s Ashe’s omnic butler, B.O.B., sporting a rugged chinstrap beard. Big “don’t talk to my teenage daughter” power, over there. It’s superb.

Here’s a snippet from the outline:

When Ashe is arrested but once more on the morning of her highschool commencement, her aloof, old-money dad and mom resolve to disinherit her from the household fortune. To steal again what’s rightfully hers, Ashe groups up together with her omnic butler, B.O.B., and native ruffian Jesse McCree for a sequence of heists, catapulting the trio right into a recreation of quick cash and harmful alliances. Along the way in which, Ashe discovers that household isn’t nearly blood. It’s in regards to the individuals who’ve acquired your again when your again’s towards the wall.

Technically, we’ve already seen McCree as a teen, with the Deadlock Gang Overwatch pores and skin and in an outdated {photograph} noticed in Ana’s origins video. Overwatch’s age timeline generally is a little complicated, however these would be from McCree’s teenage years.

overwatch group photo

Image: Blizzard Entertainment

Deadlock Gang skin McCree

Image: Blizzard Entertainment

But let’s be actual: These aren’t teenagers. These are grownup actors enjoying highschool roles. Teen McCree, as drawn by illustrator Xiao Tong Kong, is now canon. It’s extra The CW drama than Ben Platt enjoying Evan Hansen within the new film.

Deadlock Rebels is $9.89 in paperback and $6.99 on e-readers.

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