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Gears of War: Barren
Barren issue nine

Joshua Ortega


Liam Sharp




Comic Story Arc

Date Released

July 23rd 2009

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Preceded By

Gears of War: Hollow

Followed By

Gears of War: Dirty Little Secrets

Gears of War: Barren tells the story of Alex Brand and her time with Delta-One. The story arc revolves around the return to Jilane, a place from Alex's youth where she imprisoned at a birthing farm. It is assumed this particular story arc is set between Gears of War: Hollow and Gears of War 2.

Part OneEdit

Main article: Gears of War: Barren Part One

Following a distress signal from the overrun city of Jilane, Delta Squad is dispatched to investigate with the help of a unique "scout" named Alex. The team, with the help of Sigma Squad, will explore one of the darker elements of the Gears universe, and to tell this unique and harrowing tale, series writer Joshua Ortega will be joined by Epic Games president Mike Capps!

Part TwoEdit

Main article: Gears of War: Barren Part Two

Delta has located survivors from the Jilane massacre, and it's a motley crew filled with far more people than expected! With an anticipated Locust attack, does Delta have the firepower to hold out until help arrives?

Part ThreeEdit

Main article: Gears of War: Barren Part Three

The combined forces of Delta, Sigma and the Jilane survivors are in full-on "Alamo" mode as the Locust close in. Can Marcus and Alex rally the troops in the face of such overwhelming odds?

Part FourEdit

Main article: Gears of War: Barren Part Four

Delta faces incredible odds as they're surrounded and absolutely out gunned by the Locust! With Marcus wounded, can Baird step into the mantle of leadership and find a way out?

Part FiveEdit

Main article: Gears of War: Barren Part Five

With Marcus out of action, Damon Baird has taken command of Delta. Does Baird have what it takes to lead a wild mix of personalities and fighting abilities against a massive Locust onslaught?


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Gears of War Comics
Hollow: Part One · Part Two · Part Three · Part Four · Part Five · Part Six
Barren: Part One · Part Two · Part Three · Part Four · Part Five
Dirty Little Secrets: Part One · Part Two · Part Three · Part Four · Part Five · Part Six
The Rise of RAAM: Part One · Part Two · Part Three · Part Four
Stand-Alone Issues: One Day · The Quickening · Harper's Story · Midnight ·

They Also Serve · Unseen · Unsaid · Promise Me

Graphic Novels: Book One · Book Two · Book Three · Sourcebook · The Rise of RAAM
Gears of War series
Main Games: Gears of War () • Gears of War 2 () • Gears of War 3 () • Gears of War 4 ()
Other Games: RAAM's ShadowGears of War: Judgment () • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Books: Aspho FieldsJacinto's RemnantAnvil GateCoalition's EndThe SlabKilo Squad: The Survivor's Log
Comics: HollowBarrenDirty Little SecretsThe Rise of RAAMStand-Alone Issues
Booklets and Guides: Destroyed BeautyBeneath the SurfaceThe Art of Gears of WarThe Art of Gears of War 3The Poster CollectionThe Art of Gears of War 4
Other Media: Gears of War (film)Gears of War: ExileGears of War: The Board GameGears of War: Tactics