Comic 1: The Coming of the Toa, the first BIONICLE comic
|Years released||2001-2010; 2015-2016|
In Generation 1, the BIONICLE franchise related much of its storyline content through the use of Comics packaged with the LEGO Club Magazine. Smaller promotional comics have been released in other ways as well. The vast majority of BIONICLE comics were printed and distributed by the DC Comics company, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
- 1 BIONICLE: 2001 - 2005
- 2 BIONICLE Ignition: 2006 - 2008
- 3 BIONICLE Glatorian: 2009 - 2010
- 4 Graphic Novels
- 5 Promotional Comics
- 6 Cancelled Comics
- 7 See also
BIONICLE: 2001 - 2005
The Bohrok Saga: 2002
With the success of the comic's original run, it was continued into 2002 with a six-part series featuring the Bohrok.
- Comic 4: The Bohrok Awake
- Comic 5: To Trap a Tahnok
- Comic 6: Into the Nest
- Comic 7: What Lurks Below
- Comic 8: The End of the Toa?
- Comic 9: Divided We Fall
- Comic 10: Powerless!
- Comic 11: A Matter of Time...
- Comic 12: Absolute Power
- Comic 13: Rise of the Rahkshi!
- Comic 14: At Last -- Takanuva!
- Comic 15: Secrets and Shadows
Metru Nui: 2004 - 2005
City of Legends: 2004
- Comic 16: Toa Metru!
- Comic 17: Disks of Danger
- Comic 18: Seeds of Doom
- Comic 19: Enemies of Metru Nui
- Comic 20: Struggle in the Sky
- Comic 21: Dreams of Darkness
- Comic 22: Monsters in the Dark
- Comic 23: Vengeance of the Visorak
- Comic 24: Shadow Play
- Comic 25: Birth of the Rahaga
- Comic 26: Hanging by a Thread
- Comic 27: Fractures
BIONICLE Ignition: 2006 - 2008
The Ignition series launched January 2006 with Comic 0, a special preview of the new series. Stuart Sayger illustrated the first eleven issues, and Leigh Gallagher assumed the role as in 2008. The comics featured the Toa Inika's journey on Voya Nui, the Toa Mahri's adventure in The Pit and The Final Battle in Karda Nui.
- Comic 0: Ignition
- Comic 1: If a Universe Ends
- Comic 2: Vengeance of Axonn
- Comic 3: Showdown
- Comic 4: A Cold Light Dawns
- Comic 5: In Final Battle
Sea of Darkness: 2007
The Sea of Darkness run takes place in and around Mahri Nui. The series tells the story for 2007.
- Comic 6: Web Comic
- Comic 7: Mask of Life, Mask of Doom
- Comic 8: Sea of Darkness
- Comic 9: Battle in the Deep!
- Comic 10: The Death of Mata Nui
- Comic 11: Death of a Hero
Battle for Power: 2008
The Battle for Power series takes place in Karda Nui. The series tells the story for 2008 and is illustrated by Leigh Gallagher.
- Comic 12: Realm of Fear
- Comic 12.5
- Comic 13: Swamp of Shadows
- Comic 14: Endgame
- Comic 15: Mata Nui Rising
BIONICLE Glatorian: 2009 - 2010
Glatorian is the third comic series based on the BIONICLE legend. Greg Farshtey returns as writer, with series newcomer Pop Mhan as illustrator.
- Comic 1: Sands of Bara Magna
- Comic 2: The Fall of Atero
- Comic 3: A Hero Reborn
- Comic 4: Before the Storm
- Comic 5: Valley of Fear
Journey's End: 2010
A two-issue series that covers the 2010 story. The series concludes Generation 1 and is illustrated by Pop Mhan.
Graphic Novels are extended comics bound in book form. In Generation 1, the Graphic Novels were generally anthologies of the BIONICLE comic from DC, occasionally modified in order to fit into the book size. Generation 2 sports Graphic Novels with entirely exclusive content.
- BIONICLE 1: Rise of the Toa Nuva
- BIONICLE 2: Challenge of the Rahkshi
- BIONICLE 3: City of Legends
- BIONICLE 4: Trial by Fire
- BIONICLE 5: The Battle of Voya Nui
- BIONICLE 6: The Underwater City
- BIONICLE 7: Realm of Fear
- BIONICLE 8: Legends of Bara Magna
- BIONICLE 9: The Fall of Atero
Although the Papercutz novels are largely reprints of the DC comic, they do contain several unique stories.
Other Graphic Novels
Smaller promotional comics have been created to fill out the BIONICLE line.
The first of these comics was Challenge of the Rahi, a free mini-comic available at McDonald's restaurants participating in the 2001 BIONICLE Happy Meal promotion. Following this, the 2002 The Bohrok Awake promotion had three mini comics randomly inserted in card packs to spread the story of the Bohrok.
- McDonald's Comic 1: Challenge of the Rahi
- McDonald's Comic 2: Tale of the Toa
- McDonald's Comic 3: Secret of the Swarm
- McDonald's Comic 4: Into the Nest
Lunchables also had a set of promotional comics. They were slightly shorter than the McDonald's Promo Comics and took place during the events of issue 17 of the main comic. Like issue 17, the stories are taken from Trial by Fire.
Set Pack-in Comics
- Bohrok Promo Comic
- Toa Nuva Promo Comic
- Bohrok-Kal Promo Comic
- Rahkshi Promo Comic
- BIONICLE: The Beginning
In Generation 2, sets above the $9.99 US price point got individual mini comics, available on their packaging, in their instruction manuals, and on their character page on BIONICLE.com. The comics showcased their sets' storyline role, their main play functions, and the Masks of Power included.
- Legend of Lewa: A three-part comic depicting the arrival of Toa Lewa on the island of Mata Nui, the beginning of his quest, and his first meeting with Gali.
- Secrets of Bara Magna!: A two-page comic introducing the 2009 setting and story.
- Get The Mask: Included in the UK edition of the January–February 2015 LEGO Club Magazine was a comic booklet entitled Get The Mask, which contained six comics depicting each Toa and their Protector recovering the Golden Masks of Power and defeating Skull Spiders.
- Shadow Ambush!: A one-page comic included in the March-April 2016 issue of the LEGO Club Magazine, depicting Tahu and Ikir fighting a Shadow Trap.
Purchases of the 2015 BIONICLE sets from several French toy retailers came with a promotional comic booklet called Quest for the Mask (FR: La quête du masque). The booklet contained black and white illustrations (by the same artist as Get The Mask) of the Toa and Protectors traveling through Okoto and encountering Skull Spiders. It also included colorized versions of the illustrations as sticker inserts that could be removed.
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