Mass Effect: Redemption Paperback – June 2, 2010
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About the Author
Scripter John Jackson Miller is the author of the national best-selling novel, Star Wars: Knight Errant, nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels, and the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series.
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1595824813
- Product Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- ISBN-10 : 1595824812
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (June 2, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keep in mind, this is a comic, and done in comic book style. The art is good, reminiscent of the better Star Wars books published by Dark Horse. The characters and locations look like they are supposed to. Most of the characters are of the games' various alien species, and they look and talk like they do in game.
The writing and story is typical of a comic, it focuses on action and combat. You don't get a huge amount of exposition, so if you're looking for every nuance of why the Collectors and Cerberus were racing for Shepard's body, you won't find that here.
All in all, it's a good comic adaptation of the Mass Effect universe, worth the price if you enjoyed ME2.
-The illustration. i didn't much care for how Liara was drawn, or Feron for that matter, specificaly their faces. That was the only trouble. Liara's face just repulsed me.
-Liara and Feron develop a strong friendship over a very, very short time and it lasts two years until Feron is rescued in the Shadow Broker DLC. It just seems very odd and unrealistic, the comic was too short to emphasize this properly. What they could have done is just leave it off where they were developing a close friendship.
Overall though, very good comic and I do reccomend getting it if you are a real ME fan.
This particular series of books are simply meant to give the fan a more immersive experience into the main game story. This volume does a great job of that and focuses on the most popular companion character (statistically anyways) as she proves her loyalty (and love if the gamer so chooses) to Commander Shepard. Overall this is a wonderfully illuminating story which fills the fan in on some important events that are only made reference to in the game.
IF you have played the Mass Effect 2 Shadow Broker DLC you will VERY EASILY be able to follow the comic (as you will already know all of the characters for the comic book), if you have no played the Shadow Broker DLC the comic will still explain what happened to Shepard's Body BUT it will be slightly harder to follow AND you might get a sense that it does not actually pertain to the Mass Effect story, but it does.
Also if you havent played the Shadow Broker DLC for Mass Effect 2 do yourself a favor and play it. It takes over and hour to complete (which is good since you are paying for it) and is fun (and adds to the Mass Effect 2 story).
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I suppose I should mention that if you haven't played the games or aren't a fan of this universe this will hold little value to you. This is strictly for the hardcore fan. Anyone else will be completely lost.
The story moves along at a furious pace and the dialogs are decent. There's lots of action and exciting sequences. The art is also very good with characters and locations closely drawn to those in the game.
The comic does have a few problems. The ending is abrupt, with a bit of closure but more of an effort to set up both ME2 and the DLC. The other problem is how Liara is portrayed as a stone cold killer and a bit too "Rambo" for what we know of her in the games. She's way too aggressive and almost an unstoppable warrior and in some parts way too out of character.
But while this isn't the best ME comic it is still an amazing read and something a fan cannot afford to miss! Get it! Now!
Liara is one of my favourite characters in Mass Effect and so I was excited to see what events shaped her to become the character she is in ME2 during the time between 1 & 2. Firstly, I feel that the story was quite shallow. To sum it up, the whole story is pretty much Liara's relentless pursuit of the remains of Commander Shepard (with the help of an ally). I was surprised to find that there was not much more to it. Familiar faces are introduced to the narrative but they're not expanded on; I personally wanted to know a little more about these characters but then again Liara is the focus of the story.
Whilst the story does strongly show Liara's commitment to her friend Shepard by the way that she'll do anything and go through anyone to save him/her, an overly aggressive side of her personality is frequently highlighted that does not seem in character at all.
I personally felt that the artwork wasn't as quality as it could have been; mainly because of inconsistency in characters' appearances, however it's easy to forget that the turn around for a comic series is quite quick (As far as I know, this graphic novel was a four part comic series before being compiled into one volume). In terms of composition, I think the pages are well laid out and the story is easy to read. I do love the front cover however!
I wouldn't say it's a necessary read for Mass Effect fans
Finished this in just over an hour and was glad bought it second hand for a very low price as if had paid in full would have felt ripped off.