The comic was originally a monthly ongoing series with twelve expected issues. On December 16, 2009, DC Comics reported the series was canceled after issue 7. Instead, it intends to refocus its efforts on a series of original graphic novels.
Furman was "solidly" into writing the second arc by this point. However, he says this merely heralded a change in editorial direction. Furman has stated that the second arc would feature "two of the StarCraft Universe’s biggest and baddest characters."Nova and Sarah Kerrigan were confirmed to appear in the series at some point.
Furman proclaimed the graphic novel to be "definitely on" in June 2010 and had started scripting by then. He was halfway through the script in August 2010. He commented that the War Pigs would not be in the second arc, although plot threads from the original comic series would continue.
The War Pigs were a band of convicted criminals forced to work for the Terran Confederacy. Early in their career, they made contact with the zerg while carrying out a "maximum deniability" mission.
The War Pigs were forced to work as soldiers under the command of bureaucrat Tamsen Cauley. They were not neurally resocialized so they could keep their unique talents. Cauley ordered them to attempt to kill Arcturus Mengsk at Atticus Minor, but they failed and he betrayed them, since Cauley believed that Mengsk would win the war unless he died, and since Mengsk was still alive, Cauley intended to switch sides without leaving behind loose ends like the War Pigs. Cauley co-opted one of their number to lead the rest into a death trap which would be carried out by his new, upgraded Cerberus Program. However, the attempt failed and the outlaws escaped and scattered.
Two years later, Cauley had become an important official in the Terran Dominion, the director of the Dominion Internal Security Division. Due to a comment from Emperor Mengsk, he became nervous about the previous assassination attempt, and still wanted to eliminate the War Pigs to cover his tracks.
He visited Cole Hickson at the New Folsom Prison and convinced him to bring the team together again and do a job for him—assassinate Jim Raynor (as part of his plan of ascension), and as a reward their records would be expunged. However, they must first find Raynor. Cauley would then use the Cerberus Program, which he said did not belong to the Dominion, to follow and eliminate the War Pigs once the job was done.
The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft (comic) which is no longer valid.
The War Pigs believed a suicidal attack against Tamsen Cauley to be their only option. However, Cauley's enemy, "Ghostmaster General" Leonid Celsus, decided to make his own move, and saw the War Pigs as a resource for this. The stand-alone monthly issues of the second arc have been canceled.
While the comic series focuses on terrans, it also includes the protoss and the zerg. A "particularly cool" protoss appearance was seen in the third issue and some major characters from the games make appearances. The re-emergence of the xel'naga is also touched upon.
In addition to tying in with the previous games and published fiction, the series will show a lot of the StarCraft universe, lay the groundwork for the ongoing story, and the comic's first arc as a transition between the first and second game.
↑"Well, in December I got the news from Wildstorm that StarCraft would finish with issue #7. Which was disappointing, because I was solidly into the next story arc , which featured some of the game’s heavy-hitters. But, this just heralded a change of editorial direction, and I expect/hope to be back in the StarCraft universe in 2010 in the shape of an original graphic novel featuring those selfsame heavy-hitters. More details as this firms up." Simon Furman. 2010-01-31. 2010 – UPDATES!!!. Simon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-06-21.
↑"Starcraft OGN is very definitely ON. No release date as yet but I have started scripting. Big, big story, one that will leave a kind-sized crater in the StarCraft universe!! More details as and when." Simon Furman. 2010-06-24. NORD STAR. Simon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-06-24.
↑"Hi Dylan – the StarCraft (100-page!) OGN is happening as we speak. I’m midway through the script, and although there are no War Pigs in it, it does pick up on some of the brewing story strands from the comic run. In fact, it pits two of the SC Universe’s biggest and baddest characters against each other in a story that will have repercussions for the entire Koprulu Sector. Probably won’t see print until mid to late 2011. I’ll keep you updated." Simon Furman. 2010-08-12. CANDY ASSORTMENTSimon Furman Wordpress. Accessed 2010-09-10.
↑Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i). "StarCraft #0" StarCraft (July 27, 2010) DC Comics (Wildstorm).