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Mass Effect Foundation #2 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on August 26, 2013 AT 07:56pm

The second of the new, thirteen part storyline of the expanding Mass Effect universe is here, and for fans of the gaming franchise, it’ll be a fun trip down memory lane as familiar faces enter the fray. With Rasa, a relatively fresh Cerberus operative serving as the protagonist, she and a familiar adversary to Commander Shepard look to being in a valuable target.

With Rasa and her back-up doing what they can to bring in a valuable member of the Shadow Broker’s team to mine him for information, a familiar ally hits the scene, making an entrance in a way no one else could. With Rasa finding things a lot more complicated with the appearance of her competition, she and her back-up have to find a way to do what they can to complete their mission without everything blowing up in their faces. Literally, in most cases.

Writer Mac Walters is one of the faces behind the great writing of the Mass Effect games, and here is no different. It has the definite feel of something from this universe, and while it ends rather abruptly, it’s a fun read with lots of the great characterizations that made this franchise so fun. An entertaining read, for sure.

Tony Parker and Michael Atiyeh comprise the art team on this issue, and it looks great. Parker has a very unique style, and it fits well with this universe. The characters are well developed, and even the non-human races look like they’re in correct proportions. Atiyeh’s colors are a bit flat and lack distinctive shadows on skin and clothing at points, but other than that, it all looks very good. The detail work for both artists is very impressive, as they seem to work well together to get the tighter shots in sync.

Summary: With the second issue under way, the character of Rasa is making a rather big impression on the world ofMass Effect. With solid artwork, a fun story and some familiar faces, this is a great read for fans of the franchise, and those of science fiction in general.

Pros: Solid Art, Entertaining Plot

Cons: Abrupt Ending, Past Knowledge Of Franchise Nearly Essential

Score: B-

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. 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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