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on 25 April 2013
"Mass Effect: Evolution" is a gold mine of lore in the ME universe. There's all sorts of information about "The Illusive Man" and his actions in the "First Contact War". You get to see Saren and find out how his hatred of humans began, you get to meet the real Eva Coré and there's even a cameo by Ashley Williams' grandfather. You cant get better than this! And there's more that I wont spoil, but yeah there's much more. So if you're a ME fan you cannot afford to miss this comic. This is as far back in the time-line as any ME story has gone. This is the true beginning of the reaper's saga and even more important than that, the beginning of Cerberus!
That being said, as a comic this is the weakest of the bunch. There's a bit of action but not much and the story drags a bit and never seems to find its pace. The writer builds lots and lots of lore but forgets to make things exciting and entertaining. Its still a cool "origins" story and the insight into "The Illusive Man"'s past and how he evolved to leader of Cerberus is priceless and well written but the comic never quite reaches its potential.
The art is good and the colors are beautiful and the story while a bit bland is still interesting but the real pay-off for the reader and the fan is, again, the lore.
Of course this, more than any of the other comics, is strictly for hardcore fans as anyone else will be completely lost and will find little entertainment here.
But as a fan I must say this was simply priceless and an absolute pleasure.