Titan Comics 2017
Written by Alex Paknadel & Dan Watters
Illustrated by Jose Holder
Coloured by Marco Lesko
Lettered by Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
After coming to blows with a mysterious and highly powered faction, the Assassin Brotherhood is on high alert. Discovering a link dating back to the Spanish Civil War, Charlotte de la Cruz entered the Animus in the hopes of learning more about this illusive fifth column, but now finds herself trapped in the limbo-like Memory Corridor. Worse off, it seems her former ally
Guernica, is not all who he appears to be… Meanwhile, following an explosive confrontation in Berlin, new initiate My'shell Lemair has begun to search for answers in the spending history of the Assassin and Templar Orders, the investigation leading her to Geneva's financial district. But it seems she's not the only one following the money trail…
Well it would seem that perhaps this world was more reliant upon it’s gods than anyone expected. Alex and Dan bring us a new and interesting plot twist to the series and do so in a way that combines history in a wonderful way. I’m not just talking history as in our own either but history as in the games as well. This takes things to a different level for me and as it is meant to tie in the Assassin’s and the Templar’s together it’s doing a bang up job of it. Also could it be that they need a common enemy to unite against and realise who they all are at their core once more? Interesting plot device if it’s true, it’s speculation at this point on my part but stranger things have happened.
Well the interiors here aren’t what i’ve come to expect out of Titan books that’s for sure. Definitely not as smooth, clean lined and detailed as i’ve come to know and love but still expressive and descriptive. Also didn’t mind the snowflake bit at all, it made me chuckle actually. I will say i’d like to see more backgrounds in use, this is a book that thrives when they are in play and the cheapen the moment by leaving a umbra shade or solid colour behind a figure well where’s the context of what’s going on? The use of page layouts through their angles and perspective are well executed. With a large cast of characters it’s great that there’s so much individuality is wonderfully done.
One of the signs of a good story is that it makes the reader ask questions. I find myself asking if the two factions have always been at odds, if there have been Templars have there been Assassin’s too? If not then when and why was the split? Does anyone even remember a time or cause for them to work together and if at this stage is the kind of trust that would require even possible? I love that i’m asking questions during and long after I’m reading the issue it means that the story is resonating with me as a reader and a fan.
I am enjoying the fact that as a non-video gamer I can come into this franchise through the comics and find myself immersed in a world that is fascinating and intriguing.