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First of all this isn't based on any existing characters from the video games. But things and people like Abstergo and "Daniel" are mentioned so there's a bit of continuity with the games. This particular trade features the first 5 issues of this particular series. Main star is a Charlotte De La Cruz, a young woman trying to make ends met, works at the same bank her student loans are held and trying to get a better position in life. Her ancestor was an Assassin (the good guys in this situation for those unfamiliar with the lore) during the Salem Witch trials. She's tasked to go through her genetic memories (Going to try to explain as best I can here, Assassins and Templars, the bad guys, can use a machine called an Animus to let the user look and play for a lack of a better term trough an ancestor's life for brief periods) to track down an artifact during that period. Of course there's more to this story but I'm trying to keep things brief for the summery.
Charlotte, or Char, is a pretty interesting character, has a good sense of right and wrong, evn though she latter realizes her attempt at a "Robin Hood moment was a huge mistake,she has a small gift that makes her useful to the Assassins and Templars. The rest of the main charactrers, maybe not so much. Their's Xavier, the leader of this particular cell who's a little too single minded and more than willing to pull the "I'm in charge" card, Galina a female assassin who's a bit of a hot head and hasthis habit of calling Char 'girl" and Kody resident tech guy who seems decent so far. Then there's Char's ancestor Tom Stoddard who can be way colder than Char expects.
The story itself is good. It explains things for those unfamiliar with the concepts, probably better than I can or tried too. The modern stuff is there and the Witch Trials is a cool back drop for the past segments. And since that's one of the things we'll probably never see in the games it's good they're using other media like the comics to explore thing. even if it's for a brief moment. Doing a little research I discover this is the only arc we see the Trials. And while there Del Col put in some interesting twists.
So if you're a fan of the game series or looking for something not super hero related I'd say check it out.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! I loved that the MC was a WOC!!! She stood up for what she believed in, even I could gather that in such a few pages. I think it was a little quick for me though, I couldn't imagine finding out that I had Assassins blood in me and just jump at the opportunity to join the Brotherhood without asking questions... And jumping out of windows. Like how convenient she was in shape enough to do that! Lol, I'm kidding!!
This was my second graphic novel so I'm still getting used to how to read them but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Char was pretty funny at times, and I loved her little snide comments. Plus you can tell her heart is pure. Galina was a bit annoying. Whether she was right or not, she needed to relax a bit. Might have a bit of a crush on Kody. He thinks in rambles but he seems true. Hope to see more of him in Volume 2!!