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

*spittoon noise*

Well, well, well … you wish to find out a little bit more about Overwatch gunslinger Jesse McCree, do ya? Throughout the years because Blizzard Home entertainment’s hero shooter was launched, Blizzard’s dropped us bits of tradition — glimpses at his hooligan life as part of the Deadlock Gang and Blackwatch, tips of the cynical-yet-justice-minded character. We understand him finest from the quips and quarrels in his voice lines (e.g., “It’s high noon somewhere in the world.” “You seem familiar. Ain’t I killed you before?”).

It’s not a heap to work with, however it’s something. Sure, the Overwatch animated shorts are excellent, too, however genuine tradition geeks where are the very best, specific niche details is: in the books. Overwatch’s newest book is a young person initial called Deadlock Rebels, composed by author Lyndsay Ely. And here’s the very best part: It’s about McCree and Ashe’s brooding teenager years.

Deadlock Rebels was launched Tuesday, a follow-up to Overwatch’s very first YA book, The Hero of Numbani. We’ve learnt about the book because in 2015, however its release brought something brand-new: The cover illustration, showcasing Overwatch heroes McCree and Ashe as teenagers.

Cover art for Deadlock Rebels

Image: Xiao Tong Kong, Blizzard Entertainment/Scholastic Books

Take a look at those little mischief-makers — Ashe, with her hair producing clouds like the meadow sky at dawn. And McCree, “the local ruffian,” with his hardly there facial scruff. And after that there’s Ashe’s omnic butler, B.O.B., sporting a rugged chinstrap beard. Huge “don’t talk to my teenage daughter” energy, over there. It’s excellent.

Here’s a bit from the description:

When Ashe is apprehended yet once again on the early morning of her high school graduation, her aloof, old-money moms and dads choose to disinherit her from the household fortune. To take back what’s rightfully hers, Ashe collaborate with her omnic butler, B.O.B., and regional ruffian Jesse McCree for a series of break-ins, catapulting the trio into a video game of quick cash and harmful alliances. Along the method, Ashe finds that household isn’t practically blood. It’s about individuals who’ve got your back when your back’s versus the wall.

Technically, we’ve currently seen McCree as a child, with the Deadlock Gang Overwatch skin and in an old photo found in Ana’s origins video. Overwatch’s age timeline can be a little complicated, however these would be from McCree’s teenage years.

overwatch group photo

Image: Blizzard Home Entertainment

Deadlock Gang skin McCree

Image: Blizzard Home Entertainment

However let’s be genuine: These aren’t teenagers. These are adult stars playing high school functions. Teenager McCree, as drawn by illustrator Xiao Tong Kong, is now canon. It’s more The CW drama than Ben Platt playing Evan Hansen in the brand-new film.

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

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.