As I finish reading the third issue of Assassin’s Creed Locus #3, I notice that this is issue 3 of 4, and I nearly did a spit-take. This whole arc will be complete by next issue? Really? With everything that is hanging in the balance? With everything that is so unresolved? Um, HOW?
This series doesn’t have as many spinning plates as Warhammer 40K: Will of Iron, but it’s also further along than that series with only one issue left. Let’s make a list of all of the unresolved topics:
- The Assassins and Greyling still need to catch that pesky Templar.
- The same team needs to get that Piece of Eden before she does.
- Who is that doctor talking to Isaiah in present day?
- How are the others going to escape and/or free Sean from Abstergo?
That’s quite a bit to nail down in one final issue.
Assassin’s Creed Locus is a mini-series that takes place directly after Assassin’s Creed Last Descendants novel. That novel is the first in a series, so perhaps this comic is meant to tie the first two books together. Perhaps it will simply be more background info for the series overall. Considering there’s no release date set for the second novel, all I can do is speculate. I have a feeling I’ll see more comic mini-series tying into this novel series, which makes it all very tricky. You have to either be a diehard AC fan and/or a follower of both books and comics. Not everyone who reads one is a fan of the other, which therefore asks fans of the franchise quite a lot if they want to stay current with the overall plot between them. I have a sneaking suspicion, especially with what has happened in this comic, that it will be required reading for the next book. The book is already required reading for the comic, so why not?
That said, if all of these issues are not adequately resolved in this 4-issue arc, this AC fan will be less than appeased. The first issue of Locus had a lot going for it, and I’m more than fine with the direction the story is going. It has all the intrigue of a typical AC game: exciting, pressing past with a tie to the future Templars. But for it to be over next month? I fear for how sloppy it may be, like Assassin’s Creed Revelations sloppy.
What really stinks is that I’d be far more praising with this issue if it wasn’t the penultimate issue. Nothing about this plot reads like a penultimate. If it ends with a reference to the next novel or another mini-series, there will be yelling. So much yelling.
Our Rating: Yep
Writer: Ian Edginton
Artists: Caspar Wijngaard and Triona Farrell
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publish Date: 11/16/2016
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