Assassin’s Creed Graphic Novel Volumes 1-3 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the Assassin’s Creed graphic novel from Titan Comics.
Disclaimer: I read the graphic novels on my library’s Hoopla account so I didn’t receive them from the publisher.
The Assassin’s Creed graphic novel is split into 3 volumes, Trial by Fire, Setting Sun and Homecoming. The novels follow a main character separate from the games named Charlotte De La Cruz, an over-educated conspiracy theorist who gets recruited into the Assassin Brotherhood after an encounter that almost gets her killed. The series was eventually relaunched in 2016 after it’s 14th issue (Along with the Templars side story) as Assassin’s Creed: Uprising.
The first 2 volumes of the series feature 5 issues each but the third only features 4. Each issue takes Charlotte to very different time periods as she searches for a being known as Consus, something that Charlotte believes is important finding answers.
The first volume takes Charlotte to 1692 during The Salem Witch trials and takes on the role of a brutal assassin named Thomas Stoddard. During her journey as Thomas she has various problems dealing with just how brutal she is, initially de-synching because she tried to do something that her ancestor didn’t do.
Thomas’ mission revolved around finding an object of great importance to the brotherhood all while preventing Reverend Samuel Parris and Justice William Stoughton from acquiring it.
In the present day, Charlotte and the assassin’s are searching for a man named Joseph whom they believe to be a traitor to the Brotherhood. They’re also on the run from the Templars that are hunting them.
Volume 2 takes Charlotte to 1536 following a woman named Quila whom is a Chasqui (Message Runner) for the Inca Empire. Quila’s story revolves around a plot by the Templar’s to assassinate the Inca emperor, Manco.
In the present day, Charlotte convinces the assassin’s to try and locate an infamous hacker group known as Erudito. Their search lands them in hot water with the Templar’s after a failed kidnapping attempt.
Volume 3 takes Charlotte to 1516 following Thomas Stoddard’s descendant, Hiram Stoddard who is currently in Florence, Italy training under Ezio Auditore. Hiram’s story revolves around a fued between him and a fellow assassin named Giovanni Borgia. Great pressure is put on Charlotte that nearly kills her after having to sift through many false memories created by Hiram’s mind.
In the present day, Charlotte convinces the hacker group Erudito to work with the Assassin’s in order to locate Consus and find some answers. During her search for consus the Templar’s find Erudito’s base thanks to a tracking device planted in Charlotte. The latter half of the volume revolves around all of them attempting to escape the island that’s now surrounded by Templars.
Overall, the Assassin’s Creed graphic novel was pretty good. One thing I enjoyed was the excellent artwork throughout each volume, it looked great. I also felt the writing was pretty decent as well but it could have been a little better. In some areas it felt a little rushed.
I will admit that I wasn’t a big fan of Charlotte in the end, her mistakes cost a lot of people their lives and I forgave the first 2 but by the third I was pretty irritated that she kept making them. Still, the graphic novel was pretty good and I’m looking forward to reading Assassin’s Creed: Uprising next.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with another one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Features of Interest
- Interesting Story
- Great Arkwork
- Good Cast of Characters
- Interesting Historical Settings
- Main Character Wasn't That Interesting
- Writing Could Have Been Better
- Some Parts Felt Rushed
- Doesn't Do Anything To Set It Apart From The Franchise
- If You've Played Assassin's Creed You Know What To Expect