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Review: Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1

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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.

6 Comments

Marcus said:

He stopped being interesting when he turned out to be straight.

Mike said:

Because apparently we're part of an extreme isolationist culture that can't partake in anything if it isn't 100% LGBT? Grow up.

Marcus said:

Because James is a boring soldier. Usually we don't get gay or bisexual soldiers in video games. That's why he was interesting. Being straight he goes back to boring, generic soldier.

And yes, this is called gaygamer.net, I come here to read news about gay content in games. There are enough sites reporting on everything else. Kotaku, Destructoid, IGN,... That's where I go, when I want general gaming news. gaygamer.net is too small to compete with them. It's a place for gay gamers to meet and talk without having to confront homophobes, so yes, it's isolationistic.

ElectricForest said:

@ Marcus - agreed. I enjoy the fact that Vega is latino, a little human diversity is always welcome, and I thought the voice acting was well done. Ultimately he just didn't have much of a story, particularly when compared to some of the other cast members. so yeah, kinda boring.

Also agreed that I come here for either a gay perspective on gaming news, or for coverage of LGBT elements in games & gaming news--not the general stuff. Gotta say I kinda feel like the site's been short on this lately.

Wootini said:

Sorry Marcus, but if all we reported on was LBGT content in gaming, I don't expect we would update as often.

I like to think our readers come here for an LBGT perspective on gaming in general, whether they are straight or gay. I would hate if people thought that this site was isolationistic in any way shape or form.

Mike said:

I definitely think Bioware could have done a lot more with Vega, particularly considering he was obviously meant to be a launch pad for other projects, like this comic and the movie. But just because he isn't gay, presumably, because he isn't even a romantic option for either Shepard, isn't grounds for me to discredit him as a character.

I just am beginning to resent the faction of our culture that is embracing a 'separate but equal' standpoint. Just because something isn't totally gay, especially a smaller piece of a larger work that does happen to be gay friendly, doesn't mean we can't also enjoy it. We got Steve Cortez, a good contribution. Not every character can be gay.

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