If you’re looking for a dose of adventure and intrigue to get you through the week, then Assassin’s Creed #1, out tomorrow via Titan Comics in partnership with Ubisoft, will definitely bring a little excitement your way.
Charlotte de la Cruz is the new Assassin in the Brotherhood, and she is ready and willing to do whatever the Brotherhood wants or needs in order to make a difference. She’s young, a little immature, and lacks finesse, but she means well and is convinced that she can change the world and make a difference if only she could stop working a dead end job that she’s way too educated for, and find the right organization to listen to her world-changing plan. Unbeknownst to Charlotte, she’s more valuable than she could ever imagine. Both the Templars and the Brotherhood are facing a potential double-agent situation, and Charlotte’s ancestor on her mother’s side is the key to figuring out if a rogue Assassin is betraying them or infiltrating the Templars to help them.
The only problem is that Charlotte, who is quite progressive in her thinking, is having a hard time going along with her ancestor Tom Stoddard, an Assassin living in Salem during the infamous witch trials. Stoddard is very much a product of his time, which leads to some resistance from Char. The problem is that type of resistance–making Tom do something he would not do, thereby taking him over–is extremely harmful to her physically.
I really enjoyed the fast-paced writing by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery on this one. It was a smooth read, no need for long-winded elucidation, so you get the story without a ton of exposition to bore the hell out of you. Charlotte is an amiable Assassin and Del Col and McCreery did a great job of making her likeable with strong morals, despite her immaturity at going about making her mark in the world, and it was really nice to see another woman of color doing her thing in the Assassin’s Creed universe. Artist Neil Edwards killed it on the artwork. The colors are rich and bold, but with a nice golden or brownish hue, which lends a dreamy quality to the pages in Assassin’s Creed #1.
So while I am having to wait for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to drop, I have been given life thanks to this comic.
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