Published on March 21st, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Assasin’s Creed Templars #1
“Humanity is an Abstraction” – Thaddeus.
Another great mystery! This one begins in London England, Writer Fred Van Lente brings us into the Baldwin era of the U.K. with Panache. It’s 1927 and the Templars need the black cross. They have been seeking the betterment of mankind for hundreds of years, but corruption continually looms around the corner.
A man named Thaddeus can’t come up with the money that he owes Whitwell. He’s given three days to come up with it and Whitwell is eying his wife Mellissa. A mysterious man in black shows up and Thaddeus realizes that the bogeyman is real. While this mysterious man is about to give Thaddeus his comeuppance the phone rings, the man answers it and someone named Darius is looking for his father. But his poker buddies want him to get back to their game so Darius promises to call later and he hangs up the phone.
During this distraction Thaddeus pleads with the stranger, trying to convince him that his motives are honorable. The stranger tells him he doesn’t care about his motivation. I won’t give away any plot points so now we cut to Darius. He is sent on a mission to China, his handlers tell him that he has the order’s last hopes in the middle empire. He encounters a dancing girl called Roo, whom he desires to get with, but she gives him the slip. Darius reveals that he’s in Shang-hi to meet with General Chiang Kai-Shek.
The climax to the first issue is a great tension builder which makes the reader hungry to know what’s going to happen next Dennis Calero’s art brings to the period just before the great depression in a lively way.
Why does Darius want to meet with the Chinese general? What is the purpose of the black cross? Who did Thaddeus owe that put his life in danger? What is the Templar’s next move? We gotta wait for the next issue to find out!
A great beginning from the first issue. The tension builds and leads the reader aching to know what’s going to happen next. What is the link between England and China? Why is Roo, seemingly just another dime a dance girl, avoiding Darius?
Things are definitely not what they seem, and I can’t wait for the next issue. Dennis Calero’s images bring us into pre-depression England, then later China, in an all too real and exciting way. Calero’s art compliments the story in a dynamic way.
Assasin’s Creed Templars #1
Fred Van Lente
Mark Laming, Paul Pope, Dennis Calero, [more…]
Mar 23rd, 2016