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Mass Effect: Foundation #1 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on July 27, 2013 AT 05:34pm

The newest addition to the Mass Effect franchise of comic books is here with the release of Mass Effect: Foundation. Focusing on what looks to be the beginnings of Cerberus, the secretive organization that makes no qualms about their pro-human agendas. This group will likely play a big role in the continuation of this new twelve issue series, though there is little known about them in the constraints of this first issue.

This opening installment shows the power and the skill of an unknown woman, her dealings with a small child, and her hunt to deal with Cerberus themselves, who she believes is a terrorist cell that operates under the guise of a pro-human organization. While the connections between all of these characters, most of which were barely developed in the first issue are unknown, it was an exciting read, and there is a lot of hope for the many directions it could go.

Mac Walters is completely engrossed in the Mass Effect universe. With notches on his belt as lead writer of both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, he’s well versed in the lore of this franchise. Tapping him for the role of writing this series (as he has others) was a perfect fit, as his grasp on this universe is apparent, and the comfort level of his writing pours through every page. The drawback to a first issue is something that Walters has no choice but to suffer through, however, as he reveals basically nothing throughout the issue. It’s still engaging and provides a nice cliffhanger for the next issue, but the plot for this issue in particular is a bit muddy and not too revealing.

The art team of Omar Francia and Michael Atiyeh knock it out of the park in this issue, however. The book is incredibly well drawn, with near-flawless human forms and a clearer mind for detail and shadow. The lines are much smoother and clearer than most other Dark Horse titles, making this one of their better looking books. Atiyeh’s color work is also very smooth and clear, with the work of the two artists mimicking the graphics of the video game much more than anything done before with licensed titles in this franchise.

Summary: The probe into the origins and trials of Cerberus have begun, and with the first issue, there’s still little to know about this secret agency. What is known, however, is that this looks to be an exciting book with a well-known name, a terrific art team and a concept that will keep fans of this vast universe going until more news about the franchise is able to be revealed. Overall, this is a good read, and will hopefully continue to be down the line.


Pros: Great Artwork, Exciting Premise

Cons: Very Little Plot Progression

Grade: B+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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