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Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 18, 2018

4.8 out of 5 stars 367 ratings

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Joshua Ortega is a San Francisco-based writer whose work spans nearly the entire spectrum of the popular arts. He has written for every major American comic book company including Marvel, DC Comics, IDW, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Dynamite Entertainment, and more, working on high-profile properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, and Battlestar Galactica. A former journalist, Ortega is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel ((FREQUENCIES)), co-writer of the short film ...loves Martha (with Academy Award-winning director TJ Martin), and has worked on a wide variety of Xbox 360 titles for Microsoft Game Studios, including the smash hits Gears of War 2 & 3 and the award-winning Shadow Complex. He has been featured numerous times on NPR and has also appeared on G4, CBS, Coast to Coast, and Syfy in addition to many other major media outlets. Updates on his new work can be found at www.joshuaortega.com.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IDW Publishing; Illustrated edition (December 18, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1684053528
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1684053520
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.32 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.06 x 0.56 x 9 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shipping damaged my book
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This is an amazing book. It tells the story to fill in gaps during Gears 1 and Gears 2. We’re introduced to Barrick who is a fan favorite and Jace who are introduced in Gears 3. Also we see other stories that explain a few things from other soldiers in Gears 2 before going into a new story.

Unfortunately it loses a star due to no protective wrapping and another due to damage sustained during shipping. I took it out of the package and the book is already damaged and looks like I had read it for years or it had been stuck behind my bookshelf.
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Andrew O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Gears fan who loves the game will enjoy this.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 13, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Gears fan who loves the game will enjoy this.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 13, 2019
The Gears of War Omnibus Vol. 1 collects issues #1-13 and bridges the gap between the first Gears of War and it's sequel. This series of Gears of War by Joshua Ortega and Liam Sharp lasted from 2008-2012 with 24 issues published. Since there will be another 11 issues left I imagine a second volume omnibus will be released in the future that could perhaps have some extras like artwork panels, interviews, maybe a script to make up for being shorter than this by a few issues. Although there are 13 issues in this omnibus they are split into different arcs, the first is Hollow (#1-6) The Quickening (#7) which is a single issue story, Harper's Story (#8) another single issue story and Barren (#9-13) which is a 5 part story.

The first thing that I noticed was the size of this collection, it's smaller than DC or Marvel comics but still is not too small where it feels congested (if that's the right word). The artwork is great and consistent throughout, really capturing the brutality and gore of the games. The pacing is fast paced and I believe you'll be finding yourself flipping through the story quite quickly in some parts and slightly slower in other, this isn't really a heavy dialogue story, letting the artwork leave it up to your imagination. I was glad to see there was strong language in these comics, it's fitting and it makes sense, they are in war they don't care about watching their language and also mixing in some sayings Dom and Marcus would use in the game. It was also fun to reminisce with Dom and Marcus as they were discussing going through parts of the first game, making you recall your experiences as you read.

Hollow #1-6 written by Joshua Ortega and Liam Sharp. These issues are focused on Jace from Gears 3, providing backstory and introducing us to this character between the first and second game. It has been several years since I played Gear 2 and 3 so I'm not sure if much or any of his backstory is mentioned in the games but I'm playing through the first game now making reading this even more engaging. Overall I thought it was a decent story.

Next is The Quickening (#7) with Ortega but with Simon Bisley doing the penciling. As I already stated, this is a single issue story focused on Tai from Gears 2, here we see Tai and Marcus Fenix meet during the pendulum wars up to where he is found after being taken prisoner. Overall a great story, I wish it was fleshed out more because Tai is a character that deserves more backstory than this single issue, it also goes through things quite quickly sadly. The artwork looks slightly different but still appealing. Like I said, only downside is I wish it was longer.

We go onto Harper's Story (#8) which is another single issue arc written by Joshua Ortega and art from Liam Sharp, Henry Flint, Joel Gomez and Trevor Hairsine. This issue focused on Sergeant Jonathan Harper. He and Barrick (introduced in Hollow) experienced the lightmass bomb and catch an illness, soon after are shipped back out to war with the return of the locust. A short story with a gap that bugs me and I wish an extra page or two were included to make it not abrupt, which is joining Delta Squad and we jump to him saving a girl, I'll leave it at that. Overall wasn't bad, I think it should have been expanded on more and in a sense this is a less interesting story than The Quickening. Here as far as I'm aware I have no recollection of Harper but then again it's been several years since I've played Gears of War 2 (I'm currently playing through ultimate edition right now) so it could be a character mentioned or even seen but I forgotten. I'll edit the review if I find his significance or if he's just a character created for this story.

Lastly we have Barren (#9-13) written by Joshua Ortega and Michael Capps and art from Liam Sharp and help from Leonardo Manco from #11. The story is that Delta Squad and Sigma are joined once again and given a mission from control after a distress beacon has been discovered at a place that had been attacked months ago, even so since the human population is so low that if there's a chance for survivors it's worth it. This was probably the highlight of the collection for me, it was well written, introduces great characters with motives and personality and also shows another side of what the war has caused humanity to resort to for survival. This made the experience all the more enjoyable and has now made me wonder what other wrongdoings could be done to try and turn the tide of war, overall a gripping story.

So for the collection overall, I think it's fantastic and any Gears fan would be happy picking this up, especially someone who plays the campaign's regularly and wants more. I feel the artwork was well done and able to capture how gruesome Gears can be but not so much to overdo it. The colors were well done but I don't feel it was as dark as the games and I think that's to highlight the artwork which it does well. The stories were great except in my opinion the single issue stories needed more as I simply wanted more Tai and for Harper I just wasn't as interested and as short it was didn't help either. I can't wait to see what the second omnibus offers us, hopefully it comes out soon and offers extras or longer issues to make up for less issues. This is a great addition to any Gears fan collection.

Hopefully you found this review helpful and happy reading.
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philip williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome love gears of war
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5.0 out of 5 stars Origin history.
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RG1986
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente e melhor ainda se você já jogou os jogos
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Dr. N1ck
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my gears, i love this comic!
Reviewed in Germany 🇩🇪 on July 3, 2019