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‘Mass Effect: Discovery #4’ – Advance Comic Book Review

It’s finale time, everyone. This, the last issue of this mini-series set in the Mass Effect: Andromeda universe, sees that the indomitable Tiran Kandros has finally found the end of his journey to discover what truths are behind the mysterious and bold Andromeda Initiative. When the previous issue concluded, Kandros and Shio’leth had escaped the dangerous Salarian biotic Agent Zeta and were headed to the fabled Geth Array, where Shio was determined to go after a startling discovery: That the math that helped drive the Andromeda Initiative and its plans to make a home outside the Milky Way was wrong, and with its flaws, the lives of the explorers making the journey were in peril.

This has been a fun story in a world that needed more to discover. Despite the lack of world-building that this franchise has suffered, this has been a terrific entry into the franchise. It gives some depth and connection to what we know from the game and what preceded it, and using Kandros as a bridge does wonders to keep things clear and concise in this universe.

Writers John Dumbrow and Jeremy Barlow have done a great job exploring the world, giving it some depth and adding to the lore of the Mass Effect franchise. It can be tough getting the voice of a franchise that is in another medium, especially when the lead character doesn’t get a ton of interest in terms of the game itself.

Gabriel Guzman and Michael Atiyeh had a tough task of getting the visual style of this world right when they began this project, but as they’ve shown throughout the series, they have done a fantastic job of making it look right. The perfect look is essential, and, thankfully, Guzman and Atiyeh have nailed this one, especially when it comes to some of the more action-packed sequences and the use of biotic powers, an ability within this universe that can be very visually impacting.

I’m sad to see this series go, for several reason. As a Mass Effect fan, this series ending might mean we don’t get any more story-driven work from this new series entry. It’s also just a great series, especially for fans, and anything good coming to an end can be a bit bittersweet. This will make a great trade, once it gets collected.

Russ Pirozek, Fanbase Press Contributor



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