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Mass Effect: Foundation #3 [Dark Horse Comics] Review

Posted on September 23, 2013 AT 04:20pm

The newest Mass Effect comic books series is back with another installment, the third in their thirteen part series. With Kai Leng, Rasa and the Illusive Man working together for Cerberus, this issue takes a familiar turn for those familiar to the game series, and gives a bit of extra back-story to the events at the beginnings of the video game franchise. With a Cerberus agent as the protagonist and key Mass Effect characters as pawns, there is no telling how this series will end up (though, for those who played the games, it could be very obvious).

This is a series that is following its source material quite closely, from the looks of it. As this issue discusses the events of the attack on Eden Prime and the plight of familiar face Ashley Williams, a new perspective is thrown on an event that is historic in the lore of this incredibly detailed franchise. While this shift can be a bit odd, given that instead of the eyes of Commander Shepard guiding the story it’s the perspective of Rasa, it’s very interesting for fans of the franchise to see another view on events that are familiar to them.

This issue is also interesting for the several mentions of Commander Shepard, who up until this point was relatively absent from any incarnation of the comics. Revealing the identity of Shepard is something that seems imminent, but is something that could be very divisive among fans. The idea of a gender-ambiguous Shepard is something that really brought this game into the forefront, and hopefully there is no true reveal of the protagonist from the games, as that could be a very heated element.

Mac Walters (who served as the lead writer from both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3) and Tony Parker are the main creative team on the book, with Michael Atiyeh serving on coloring duties. Walters is the perfect fit for the comics, given his familiarity with then universe at hand, and the skills of Atiyeh and Parker make this looks like a great book. This story is an interesting installment of the series, and while the intensity seems to dip here and there, it’s another great addition to the lore of Mass Effect.

Summary: There is an interesting turn made with the mention of Shepard in this issue, and while the story focuses on another familiar face, this is a series that really tells fans how close this is going to be to the gaming franchise. The book looks great, reads well and is a great addition to the catalog of the series. How this series plays into other major events in the game.

Pros: Strong tie-in for the game franchise, great artwork

Cons: Odd shifts in intensity during the narrative.

Grade: A-

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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