An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review
Yeah, you’re right (I say to the person that doesn’t exist or the voice in my head), we don’t usually review mainstream comics here. For the most part, Atomic Moo is more about the independents out there. However, as we try to make our own comic book (see here) I’m trying to renew my interest comics and study them as much as I can. So, that means reviews and reviews a plenty. Not so much to criticize comic creators works, but to try and understand what makes a great, professional, comic.
So first up we’re taking a look at Assassins Creed #1 by Titan Comics. Based on the hit video game from 2007, Assassins Creed #1 begins with the not so spectacular life of Charlotte de le Cruz in modern day San Diego. As the story begins, Charlotte is “wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet.” However, things change pretty quick for her, when she encounters a secret society of Assassins that use a stolen technology to access their ancestors past memories. Kind of like Trancers but with way less Tim Thomerson. You’re already down a few points Titan. Anyways, Charlotte soon finds her self training with the assassins and learning the how to kill by using this stole machine called the Animus technology. Turns out Charlotte is descended from killers and she uses their memories to train and learn about their pasts. Kind of convenient, but her trips down memory lane are pretty brutal.
I actually really enjoyed this comic. Usually game, or franchise, related comics are a let down to me, but Assassins Creed #1 sported some excellent art work from Neil Edwards and the story made some interesting choices when Charlotte visited her ancestor’s memories. Though I didn’t really like her bank job being referred to as a “dead-end job”. The job market in San Diego is pretty tough. I know. I live here. Right now I’m working a job as a… well, let’s just say it sucks and I hate my job. Banker isn’t a dead-end job. There’s way worst. Anyways, I’m not sure how this comic will be received by long time Assassins Creed fans, but by its self this is a good comic and I’m kind of interested in seeing where Charlotte ends up.
I’ve posted a few sample pages below, but Assassins Creed #1 is now for sale at all major book stores of online at titan-comics.com.
Featuring Cool Fan Art!
Good Morning El Moochadores! This morning I wanted to share some cool fan art I recently saw on Deviant Art. First up, check out the very cool Futurama/Bansky art by Nacho Diaz (aka: Naolito). You can actually get a t-shirt of this on his website, Naolito.com. click the link to see more great stuff!
Assassin’s Creed – Unity (3D drawing)
I thought this was just awesome. Check out this great 3D Assissin’s Creed illustration by Indian artist, AnkitDArt. You can see more of AnkitDart’s work at ankitdart.tumbler.com.
Finally, check out this incredible take on Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Though I saw this on Vitali-Iakovlev deviant art page, according to the information, this is a collaboration between Vitali (inks) and other artist. According to the Deviant page the original art was done by Max-Dunbar, and colors by Sean Ellery. I don’t think it gets any better than a “Road Warrior Charlie Brown.”
Hey El Moochadors, Trog just shot me a link to a pretty neat video game mash-up fan film. Not sure where he spotted it on (could’ve been anywhere… spends most of his time browsing the internet for stuff like this… actually, he could probably get more accomplished if he spent less time on the web). Anyhow, it’s by the YouTube group CorridorDigital. Although I’m not much into video games, I just watched a couple of their videos and thought they were pretty entertaining (The Gravity Gun video was nifty). Enjoy the video below. I’m going to go get a taco.
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….
Dammit! I want to be a pirate-assassin too! It’s not fair I have to live this crappy life in the early 21st century… full of technology, medicine, and internet porn. I’d rather be like old Edward Kenway and live in a time of high seas adventure, poor dental hygiene, and treasure chest brimming with gold! Oh, and islands chuck full of naked island girls just waiting for a bearded European god to come a shore. Not that Ubisoft’s latest blockbusting Assassin’s Creed sequel is full of naked island girls. It’s not. It’s actually full of action, cool graphics and fantastic art! Stunning and beautiful 18th century, Caribbean Islands, pirate-assassin art! That’s right folks, this is an art book for The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV, Black Flag. Published by Titan Books, this 190 page volume of brilliant art and design where in “tales of mutiny, cruelty and debauchery become part of the color palette!” Check out the books official description:
The recently announced Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag sees a sea change for the game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden Age of pirates. With intricately detailed environments and finely honed and evocative historical re-imaginings, The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag includes the game’s vast nautical gameplay, and its amazing range of locations, characters and action.
The book really is pretty cool and gives a great look at the character design, landscapes, and ships that make the game great. According to the book, much of the look of the game is based on historical fashions and places. Not to say that they didn’t take some artistic and stylistic license with the looks of characters and ships, but it’s at least a deviation away from the “Disney” like idea of pirates that dominate popular culture right now. I personally enjoyed the many pages about ships, battles, and (of course) ship battles! C’mon, I’m a dude. I love seeing two pirate ships hurling cannon balls at each other!
Below I’ve posted a few images from the book. Unfortunately my scanner is still defunct so I had to pull all the images from the Web. However, they are all from The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV and (like always) just the tip of the ice berg. For a better look at the book you can find it in all major book stores or at Titan Books online store!