Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Mass Effect Library Edition Volume 1 Hardcover – May 14, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "Stranger in the House" by Shari Lapena
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A thriller packed full of secrets and a twisty story that never stops - from the bestselling author of "The Couple Next Door." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
This book is a *brick*! I'm not kidding, you are going to have to read it at the table. But it is so heavy due to the super thick paper it's printed on and its over-sized layout, which is everything I could have wished for. The pages are MUCH thicker and the inks are MUCH lusher than comic books or soft-cover collections.
The book is definitely taller and wider than the individual comics or soft-cover collections you might already have. This book is 9" x 12", and the original comics are just a little bit bigger than 6" x 10". Inside the book, each cover or section page is printed with a full 9x12 image. The story pages are are bordered with white, so the actual comic images are close to the same size as the originals (slightly wider at 7x10).
What are these white borders for? Besides looking crisp and nice, they often contain commentaries by the authors and artists. Great touch! These lines of text offer little insights into the process of creating the stories and the art as well as impressions about themes and turns of events in the storylines. Sample comment: "On this page, I decided to put Feron in his last change of clothes. He is, in fact, losing layers of clothing as the story goes on. He first loses his hood, then the loses his jacket entirely, making him more visible and more vulnerable as the story gets more dramatic." To give you an idea, the first section, "Redemption", has one of these tiny little commentaries on 39 pages out of the 87 pages of that story.
The hardcover is glossy and thick, the inside pages are semi-gloss and thick (feels like 140# paperweight). It's 100% full color throughout-- even on the pages with black and white sketches, they managed to throw in some colored grid lines or other bits of color. The printing is the super premium pearl style over matte. A pleasure to look at.
The comics take up the first 400 pages of the book. Pages 402-415 are the sketchbook of Omar Francia, including more cool commentary. The last page, 416, is a nice full color ad for "The Art of the Mass Effect Universe", like you'd see at the end of a regular comic book.
I do have one quibble: this books needs a table of contents. How did that get left out?! You have to thumb through the book to find what you are looking for. The pages have labels, so that helps, but still.
The book is big and beautiful. I found the stories entertaining. For me, it was exactly what I was hoping for. They weren't over the top with drama or intrigue or plot twists - they were just fun to read as a fan and visually very neat to look at. I got to see some of my favorite characters (Liara & Aria) run around kicking some ass. I found out more about the Illusive man's past. I learned that Tali'Zorah was one tough cookie before I ever met her in Mass Effect 1 and I got to see Garrus shoot people in the face after being betrayed.
This was all done in a way that was written and illustrated for an adult audience. I loved it and can't wait for more.
If I have one minor quibble, it's that I could have done without the short stories at the end. They are essentially short comics. I won't spoil them, but Aria does some collateral damage in a way I'm not convinced she'd so thoughtlessly engage in, and James Vega behaves in a way that had me literally thinking "Ok, this is just stupid," (HULK SMASH!) in his short story. Those two things seemed so very out of place. All the characters behaved in ways that were well written and believable in every other story - but not here. The Commander Bailey story wasn't too entertaining either, a shame since I enjoyed his character in the games.