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4.0 out of 5 stars foundation
Good addition to the storyline and helps fill in a few gaps. Shows where a baddie from the citadel dlc originated from too. Was hoping to be a carry on of the story after the ending of mass effect 3 but any addition to the story is always welcome. Only issue is the length of the story. can be read through fairly quickly
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Mass Effect!!! But...
The first volume of "Mass Effect: Foundation" is unfortunately a disappointment. Its soulless and feels more like exploitation of the brand than a "real" effort in expanding the universe and producing a meaningful story.
The stories follow Rasa, a "Cerberus" operative who, to avoid spoilers, you may also know from the "Citadel" DLC from "Mass Effect 3". The first...
Published 10 months ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge


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3.0 out of 5 stars More Mass Effect!!! But..., 24 Feb 2014
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Joao Cardeira Jorge "A Bad Man" (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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The first volume of "Mass Effect: Foundation" is unfortunately a disappointment. Its soulless and feels more like exploitation of the brand than a "real" effort in expanding the universe and producing a meaningful story.
The stories follow Rasa, a "Cerberus" operative who, to avoid spoilers, you may also know from the "Citadel" DLC from "Mass Effect 3". The first story is sort of an "origin" of Rasa, and while somewhat interesting, it falls a bit flat because the plot is predictable and the story has no real importance to the game's story arc. Rasa is never really developed in any way beyond this first story and since her appearance in the DLC also gave her little personality, she is more of an "empty" avatar through which the reader experiences some key moments in the ME trilogy. What I enjoyed more in this volume was how it was deeply rooted in the original game, for me, still my favorite. The second story, and the best, is about Wrex and his "hit" on Fist. There's lots of fun here. Wrex is wonderfully written, perfectly matching his in game character, there are some great lines and there's some effort in providing an interesting and different insight into a situation that comes to an end in the game we love.
The third story deals with Ashley Williams and the battle on Eden Prime that claimed her entire platoon. This story had the most potential, since its the exact moment before the first game begins, a key event in the trilogy but unfortunately its mostly wasted. Ashley was never the most compelling character and the spotlight here does nothing for her. There's a small bit about how she is "punished" in the "Alliance" for her "family name", something she later mentions in the game, a few moments with her squad that fail to make any connection and a few pages about the attack which fail to impress. And that's it. Its over. It felt pointless and even a bit boring.
The final story is about Kaidan Alenko and his time at Gagarin Station. This depicts events Kaidan also mentions later to Shepard in the game. We get to see a young Kaidan, Rahna and the turian instructor Vyrnnus. If you've played the game, you know what happens here and that's also the problem. The story is too short to show more of a connection between Kaidan and Rahna, Vyrnnus shows up just to be evil and the confrontation is surprisingly flat, maybe because we already knew the outcome.
The art in all stories is decent, with good color, nice details, like Ashley's armor from the game for instance, but the faces of the characters from the game could have used more effort. I thought Ashley looked nothing like "her", not even close in fact, and neither did Kaidan. Although Kaidan was obviously younger here, there was almost no resemblance to his "game" design. Wrex, on the other hand was perfectly drawn and Rasa and Kai Leng were decent enough. Oh yeah there's a bit of Kai Leng in "Foundation" for "all" his fans! There must be someone out there... right...?
Anyway, this is still a very cool comic for "Mass Effect" addicts, like me. Just Wrex is enough to make it worth the price. But this is also the weakest and I'd say laziest ME comic yet. It was too much "by the numbers", with just enough fan service to keep us happy and not much ambition. There's nothing new, nothing added to these events, just moments we heard about in the game, drawn in the pages, with not much creativity, to be honest. More than ever, this is recommended to only the really hardcore fans, needing their ME fix. The others wont be missing anything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars foundation, 17 Mar 2014
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Good addition to the storyline and helps fill in a few gaps. Shows where a baddie from the citadel dlc originated from too. Was hoping to be a carry on of the story after the ending of mass effect 3 but any addition to the story is always welcome. Only issue is the length of the story. can be read through fairly quickly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mute button for geeky boyfriends, 19 Aug 2014
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As previously mentioned brilliant for getting peace and quiet for half an hour
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