Even before the success of the Mass Effect series, the developers at Bioware were no strangers to creating role-playing games. Examples include Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, but Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic should also not be ignored in this regard. The role-playing game Star Wars was one of the first Bioware games to appear for a console, at the time for the original Xbox. The experience gained in the science fiction environment was then merged into a separate world where the freedom to choose the player was given high priority. The game called Mass Effect is so well received that it has developed several sequels in addition to its own franchise. In addition to other video games, novels or even storyboards have been published about the adventures about Commander Shepherd, and I’d like to present a copy to you today. Additionally, you can read our current test of Mass Effect Legendary Edition on PC here.
Yara goes to search for Commander Sheppard
© Panini Comics
For beginners’ ease of reading, the comic is preceded by a brief introduction so the italic reader understands the basic premise. In the years since the discovery of the collective gate near Pluto, mankind has done what it is arguably well known for. They used the ancient technology to make a name for themselves in the universe. It wasn’t long before they were recruited into the Castle Council, which, due to its short duration, caused dissatisfaction with other races who had been involved in interstellar politics for some time. Mass Effect’s protagonist, Commander Shepard, succeeds in saving the galactic capital, Citadel. However, this was not without consequences, after an attack on the Normandy ship, in which the captain was, was considered missing and wanted.
Then, a Normandy crew member, a captive named Liara T’Soni, goes to search for Shepard, even if the other parties have an interest in his whereabouts. The search leads Liara to Omega, where she arrives at the beginning of the storyboard. There Liara meets a trainer named Feron, telling her that other groups are also looking for the Shepard. Liara is unsure if she can trust Veron, especially when she is attacked by a group of the Blue Suns soon after.
Via bad luck, they are both rescued by Cerberus’ agents under Miranda Lawson’s direction. But that’s not all, it seems like there is something bigger behind Shepherd’s disappearance that could have something to do with collectors. Is Yara following a conspiracy here while her life is in danger?
The good thing about Mass Effect comedy is that it is part of science and thus also part of the official canon of Mass Effect history. They aren’t totally necessary for great understanding and usually don’t have any of the main characters as heroes, but they are a good plus. This helps, as in the current case with Mass Effect: Redemption with Mac Walters, one of the video game authors as well. Experienced players will get to know the storyboard story you drew. This is due to the fact that it is mapped between the first and second game in terms of content and can then be found as the DLC “Lair of the Shadow Broker” in the Mass Effect 2 video game as it is today.
Visually, Mass Effect: Redemption is very attractively designed, even if the artwork and above all of the characters appears to be very consistent in some situations. Otherwise, the illustrator Omar Francia (Star Wars: Legacy) does not make a mistake in designing his painting, cleverly using the space on the pages and reducing the movement.
If you currently want to dive into this universe again like me with Mass Effect Legendary Edition, you won’t go wrong with comics. I didn’t mention the little spoiler for the story here in this review so as not to steal from you enjoying the game. But even so, Asari Liara’s adventures are fun enough to take you into the worlds of Mass Effect. Only the different alien races, who love to be very different from the human aliens in the Star Trek series, arouse curiosity and make me read the details. I think it’s cool how novels and comics portray a part of the great Mass Effect universe and directly belong to it. In my opinion, franchises just can’t be avoided these days, which is why I can unreservedly recommend the first volume of comics here.
Mass Effect: Redemption Published by Panini Comics, ISBN: 978-3862010110, 100 pages, softcover, € 12.99
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