I have to hang my head in shame and admit that I have yet to play any of the Assassin’s Creed video games. Oh, don’t get me wrong…I want to, but things just keep popping up that prevent me from doing so. I am, however, a big fan of the series from a storyline perspective; blending high-tech science-fiction with historical fact is an amazing concept and one that interests me greatly. So I was extremely excited to find these three graphic novels in my mailbox, courtesy of the fine folks at Titan Books.
If you are not familiar with Assassin’s Creed, here are the plot summaries for each book courtesy of the Titan Books’ website:
Assassin’s Creed 1 – Desmond
This first volume of the French comic trilogy from Ubisoft, tells the story of Desmond Miles’ abduction by Abstergo and their plans to rip the blood-steeped memories of Desmond’s ancestors from his genetic code. Add to the mix the mysterious and violently terrified Subject 16 and a desperate flight from Abstergo, and this makes for a fast-paced and thrilling addition to the game’s universe.
Assassin’s Creed 2 – Aquilus
Second volume of the comic trilogy from Ubisoft. Escaped from Abstergo with the help of Lucy, Desmond joins the Assassins in their fight against the Templars. But, betrayed by Patient 13, the Assassins leave Rome for Monterrigioni. On the way, Desmond uses the Assassins’ animus to visit the memories of his ancester Aquilus, a Roman citizen fighting those who would become the Templars.
Assassin’s Creed 3 – Accipiter
Following on from Desmond’s previous foray into his ancestral assassin-past, Aquilus desperately strives to avenge his father’s murder. His thirst for revenge leads him to Rome, and sets him on a quest for the mystical Ankh as the savage Barbarian tribes, led by the deadly Assassin Accipiter, prepare to descend upon Lugdunum. Desmond, meanwhile, must also fight stay alive in the present day.
From what I understand, these graphic novels depict the events of the first Assassin’s Creed game as well as a bit of the second. But you don’t have to be familiar with the games to enjoy these books. The story is presented here in an easy-to-understand format, complete with intense pacing and vivid artwork.
Each book tells the story of a different Assassin but then also tells how they fit into the all-encompassing plotline. The stories jump back and forth between present day and key periods in history, giving us an exhilarating ride filled with action and intensity. And since the focus switches between characters, the plot never goes stale.
The Assassin’s Creed graphic novels are very well written and illustrated beautifully. The artwork is lush and vibrant, which helps to visualize the plot as it unfolds. And, from what I can tell, the storyline is very true to that of the game; the result is a rich, immersive story that will captivate gamers and non-gamers alike.
Whether you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed line or not, I highly recommend checking these graphic novels out regardless. History buffs will enjoy the treks into the past, while science-fiction geeks like me will be drawn to the high-tech toys the present-day protagonists use. And even if you aren’t interested in the story, there are plenty of great visuals to check out, too. Definitely give this a look.