Next week, Dark Horse is launching a new Mass Effect comic book mini-series called Mass Effect: Homeworlds. Each of the four issues will focus on a different member of Shepard's team with a different artist and writer. While future issues will feature Tali, Garrus and Liara, the first one stars everyone's favorite meathead, James Vega!
Issue one is written by BioWare writer Mac Walters, and illustrated by Eduardo Francisco. The Anthony Palumbo painted cover is lovely, but the interiors are also really nice. My only complaint was that the transitions between present and past weren't nearly clear enough. You just turn the page and James looks younger and we're in a flashback. The story details Vega's conflict between duty and family. He wants to join the Marines, but his father could destroy his entire future. There's family drama and quite a bit of action as James finds himself on the run from the law. Obviously, if you've played Mass Effect 3, you know how this flashback ends, but it's still an intriguing look at the backstory of a character who gets very little play in the game. At least not as much as other characters. So I appreciated this tale. (I also enjoy reading done-in-one comics, which are kind of a rarity in this day and age!)
This is a very solid start for this new Mass Effect mini-series, although being an anthology, the different writer/artist team on each issue could mean different levels of quality month to month. But we'll just have to wait and see.
Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1 is $3.50 and is slated for release on April 25.