So Titan sent us a couple more graphic novels to review, based on popular video game series Max Payne and Assasin’s Creed. Unfortunately I’ve never played either, but I did promise Trog I would read through them both. Sorry, I’m not much of a gamer (although I’ve been getting disturbingly addicted to Team Fortress 2 lately… DAMN YOU VALVE!), and I feel like I’m going into this pretty half-assed. Having said that, here we go….
Max Payne 3: The Complete Series
This is based on the popular game put out by Rockstar games, and is suppose to “bind” the stories of the three video games. The book contains three issues that give some back story to the Max Payne character and tells of his awful childhood, his bad father, death of his mother, death of his bad father, death of his wife and daughter, death of his partner, and how he ended up as a hard-boiled detective with alcohol and drug problems. Yet it says he was pretty good at being a cop….
Overall, not bad. A little depressing though. The art work was excellent, but the story of the ex-cop with a troubled past his a little to played out. I had a hard time imagining that anyone going through that much shit would have any reason to go on. I don’t know, maybe if I was more familiar with the game or the movie I might have been more invested in the story.
Assassin’s Creed: Hawk
This one is based on the popular game series by Ubisoft. It starts out in 1250 Cairo, with a thief (or “Assassin”?) trying to get away with an artifact, the Scepter of Aset. Suppose to be kind of powerful. Apparently there are two groups fighting each other for this (the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templars), both in ancient Egypt and in modern times. The main character, Jonathan Hawk, leads the investigation to find the artifact in modern times, and in the past (?)
I wasn’t really sure what was going on in this one. No complaints about the art, but I’m completely unfamiliar with the characters and their world, and I’m not clear on how the present day story relates to the past. Are they time travelers that inhabit the bodies of their ancestors, or are they just remembering events based on “Ancestral DNA”? And why Hawk get his eye stolen? I have a feeling if I had read some other volumes or issues to this it would make more sense, and might be a lot more interesting, but honestly I found it a frustrating read. It made me feel old and out of touch. Damn kids and their modern video games with their fucking back stories. What fucking back story did Sonic have??? All his animal friends get turned into robots by a bad guy. Go save them. That’s it! Screw it, I’m going to go watch TV. I think Antiques Roadshow is on… watch some PBS, and go to bed early… try to remember where I put my pants…