Being skeptical about various forms of media that have been adapted from a video game is a righteous viewpoint, considering the number of experiments that have tried and failed with video game movies, comics, books and even TV shows. The Fall and The Chain does not fall into this category, as comic books based on the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise.
Instead, it explores characters we’ve only seen a few times in-game, and helps us discover their background and personal turmoiled journey into this ever-lasting battle between the Templars and the Assassins. In the case of Titan Comics’ Assassin’s Creed: The Fall & The Chain, we see the rise and fall of Daniel Cross, an individual who suffers from alcoholism, drug addiction, insomnia and many more severe mental issues which cause him to be unstable and chaotic to a dangerous degree.
Experiencing visions of his Assassin ancestor Nicolai Orelov regularly and with complete compliance, whether he’s in a dangerous present-day situation or not, we see the two contrasting stories between this early 20th century Russian assassin and the present-day, deeply troubled Daniel Cross.
Beginning with the expected lore-filled discussions of the Assassins and the Templars, with matching cheesy dialogue to boot, the story starts in a fairly predictable way, and from there you begin to map out in your mind what will happen in both the present-day and early 20th century Russia. But the writers know this, and instead of letting you know a predictable plot, they mislead you into a story which has shocking moments of betrayal, surprising tales of redemption and, ultimately, a story which hooks you shortly after surprising you.
The comic style looks extremely nice and matches the previous Assassin’s Creed comics which I read many years ago; all as seemingly good as the one before it. But this comic seems to revolutionise the AC comic book formula into one which has great potential for future stories within the universe, within this medium. It doesn’t feel like it’s unnecessarily extending the characters from the games, but rather illustrates the importance of their background in gaining a deeper understanding of this greyness between the Assassins and the Templars, and the positives and negatives of committing to either side.
I don’t want to give too much information away about the plot as I believe that this is something that you should experience for yourself. If you’re a big Assassin’s Creed fan, a comic-book fan or both, I would recommend picking up this graphic novel from Titan Comics for a fairly short but definitely substantial story about two individuals who, despite existing centuries apart, show common traits and beliefs that blur the line between Templar and Assassin.
The story is very good, the illustrations are great to look at, and to be honest I just wish that they had more stories for me to read. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this comic considering. Whether it was due to its inclusion of iconic Assassin’s Creed lore, or the character development these stories told over a fairly short number of pages I’m not sure. But I’m glad I read it, and I want to let you know that if you are on the fence about buying Assassin’s Creed: The Fall & The Chain from Titan, then you should almost definitely commit to reading this story. It certainly builds out the world of Assassin’s Creed and tells of a time more violent and surprising than you might think.
You can grab The Fall & The Chain from Amazon right now, either in Paperbook or Kindle form.