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Book Title: Mass Effect Volume 4: Homeworlds|
The author of the book: Mac Walters
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Edition: Dark Horse Books
Date of issue: November 20th 2012
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I really considered not reviewing or even rating this trade at all, considering my reaction to the ending of Mass Effect 3. (I really, really, really hated it.) I almost skipped reading it entirely, for that matter. But I do still care about this setting and these characters. (More, I suspect, than whoever wrote the ending of ME3, but I digress.) And two of the stories are about Tali and Garrus. Understand: I've played through ME five times, ME2 four times, and ME3 once. And over 95% of the time, I had either Garrus or Tali in my party. I'd bet that half of my missions were done with both of them. And Garrus was my love interest in the only profile that I took through ME3, and remains my favorite love interest. So yes, I did need to read this comic that promised some of his backstory. Considering the bad taste that ME3 left in my mouth, can I write a really unbiased review? I'm not sure, and honestly, my pre-ME3 reviews of the tie-in books weren't unbiased, either.
Here's what we're promised: previously unseen backstory on a handful of much-loved characters, written by the same writers who worked on those characters for the game. What we get are short stories with James, Tali, Garrus, and Liara, with the story (but not the scripts) co-written by the character writers. Thus far, no complaints. I like all these characters, love Tali and Garrus. And for the most part, the characters do sound like themselves. I have absolutely no complaints about James's story, which shows his family life before he joined the military. But the other three have flaws that probably only hyper-critical and over-invested fans will notice. I totally noticed.
Tali's story explains how she got that recording of Saren in the first game. A nice thing to see, except that the story has her partnered up with another quarian. Something that's never hinted at in the game, and seems contrary to the spirit of the pilgrimage to boot. Garrus's story is about his time as Archangel, and his relationship with his father. Awesome, except that the comic says that Garrus coined the name Archangel for himself, while in the game he sure wasn't claiming it. No, they aren't completely incompatible with game canon, but it's enough to make me wonder just how much input the character writers really had here. Not enough tell the comic writer that there's no way in hell Liara would allow The Illusive Man to monitor her Shadow Broker lair.
The art quality is variable. James seemed off-model in his story, though the art was decent. The art in Garrus and Liara's stories were both pretty good. But the artist on Tali's story was drawing quarians wrong. (The wrong number of toes, and the legs were shaped wrong.) I think it's entirely reasonable to expect that an alien race will be drawn correctly in a tie-in comic, so I was irritated. Luckily, the artist on Garrus's story could draw turians.
But this isn't another Mass Effect: Deception. If you love Mass Effect, and if any of these four characters are favorites, then this really is worth a read. If nothing else, the characters sound and act like themselves, and that was huge to me. But it could have been better. Lately, I've been disappointed with the effort Bioware has been putting into their tie-ins. This seems to be continuing that trend. If this hadn't had Garrus, it would be two stars. But it does. I am weak.
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Read information about the authorMac Walters is a writer and director, known for Mass Effect 2 (2010), Mass Effect (2007) and Mass Effect 3
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