The GeeksverseMass Effect: Evolution #1

Mass Effect: Evolution #1
Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by

Written by: Mac Walters & John Jackson Miller
Art by: Omar Francia w/ Manuel Silva
Colored by: Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: A- Massimo Carnevale; B- Joe Quinones
Assistant Editor: Brendan Wright
Editor: Dave Marshall

I’ve never played Mass Effect, either of them. I’ve heard good things about the game and I’m sure it would end up being one I would like. Just never played it.

That being said, you don’t have to, or even have a passing familiarity with the game, to be able to enjoy this issue. I’m sure if you knew more about the world, this story would have greater meaning, but for those of us that don’t this ends up being a pretty good little sci-fi story.

The writing, the script, is pretty good. The writers give enough character moments to the team members that each can stand on their own and have their own personality. Except for Ben and Hislop. They kind of run together. At first I thought Ben was the one with the moustache, but later he doesn’t. It’s hard to tell who is who aside from Jack and Eva.

The writers even manage to give some personality to the Turian General with just a few brief statements. Not much of a personality, but enough.

The mystery is the core of this story. And this is where having more knowledge of the mythos would come in handy, as I’m sure this has some importance to events that have happened in the game. The writers do a good job of making it interesting enough that non-game fans will still be able to get into it and enjoy it.

They just hit on the idea of us humans being meddlers and finding somewhere occupied and laying claim to it as our own. It’s not like thats nothing that has never happened in our history before. The writers stop just short of making a political statement, which is good. The story isn’t about expansionism, it’s about this mysterious object that the Turians want to protect.

If there’s a problem in this book it’s with the art. That’s not to say the art is bad, it’s not. The aliens all look similar but with enough differences to be able to tell one from the other. The work is nicely detailed and textured. The figures are well proportioned and except for the Ben/Hislop thing, all are easily distingushable from the other.

The problem lays in the layouts. The artist likes to break the borders ALOT. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s just distracting. There are some pages where he doesn’t even use borders and the images jumble together. There’s also a couple instances of bad angles for the panels. The most glaring is where we meet the human General. He’s staring at and pointing in front of him, but then the angle changes and we see the person he had been talking to and pointing to is sitting next to him.

The layouts aren’t bad enough to drastically affect the overall quality and enjoyment value of this book. It does bring it down a point though.

Mass Effect: Evolution #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

This is how you do a game tie-in story. Enough to make non-fans enjoy it, but fans will get a whole other level out of it.

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