I have always been interested in the Assassin’s Creed lore. Oddly enough, never interested enough to play the games, but interested enough to think that the story might be really good in book form. Assassins’ Creed #10 is good in book form. However, that’s about as much as I can say. Granted, I jumped into this series with the tenth issue, so obviously I don’t have the same level of investment as someone who has been with this series from the start has. With that said, from a completely neutral standpoint, the story of this issue was nothing special. Opening with an Animus-like dive that sees Charlotte reliving the memories of her ancestor, Quila.
This story takes up the majority of the book, and thankfully is the better of the two tales contained. We start out with a classic execution scene, thrust into some bloody action as Quila is saved by her husband. The art looks great throughout this half of the book. Vibrant colors and well-drawn, expressive faces make for a story I wouldn’t mind seeing continued in earnest. Neil Edwards does an amazing job here, but he is not without fault.
However, after the opening pages, this story gets a bit confusing. The main problem is a lack of distinguishing characters. Even major characters like the Emperor of Cuzco, Ayer, and his father look to similar. In addition, characters seem to appear out of nowhere (or maybe they were there, and you couldn’t tell who they were, but they were apparently important).
This took away from my enjoyment of the book and sadly came a time when the book was just about to hit its low point for me. Charlotte has a pretty typical story from what I’ve seen so far. So typical, no lie, I guessed the big reveal maybe three pages into her half of the book, when she mentioned her family.
The art also takes on a decidedly more…ugly look. Quite frankly that’s the only way I can say it. The faces of the characters look ugly. Even the fantastic writing that was done by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery in the first half of the book felt off and the humor fell flat when attempted.
After narrowly avoiding a fate that looks like it was inspired by a scene from the latest episode of Mr. Robot, our team of modern-day Assassins make their way to Argentina to find answers, but first, an uninspired reveal!
There’s really not much to say. This book was literally half good, half bad. Maybe it’s the material? Maybe Charlotte is lacking something Aquila carries in spades? Either way, I can’t say I’m looking forward to Charlotte's continued adventures. Both women will play a role in this book moving forward, but considering one has already lived her life, the main character (Charlotte) is typically going to be the focus, and that's just not an appealing thought that would keep me reading.
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Assassin's Creed #10 Writer: Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery Artist: Neil Edwards Publisher: Titan Comics Price: $3.99 Format: Print, Digital Ongoing [/su_box]