We’ve arrived at the conclusion of Assassin’s Creed: Uprising’s first story arc, an arc which sees that classic battle between Brotherhood members and the Templars overshadowed by a new and intriguing thread. It’s been a blast so far, with many familiar faces and new ones having a story to tell along the way, but can the fourth issue cap it off with a great finale? Will it suitably prepare us for the tales still to come in this series from Titan Comics?
Issue three of Assassin’s Creed: Uprising did something crazy; it benched the Black Cross and suspended Charlotte in an Animus limbo. Without two of the best characters, it still managed to hold its own and bring out the support characters to do a sterling job. Arend and Kiyoshi had a great encounter with these highly trained new enemies, whilst Guernica teased a switch of allegiances as he brandished a knife when overseeing the helpless Charlotte.
Surely the tech specialist that’s grown on everyone, Guernica, couldn’t betray his new team mates, could he? Spoiler alert, he’s definitely a no good, sneaky, squirming, backstabbing piece of crap. And I love that a comic can make me feel this way about a character as it means the writers have done their job well.
An attempt is made on Charlotte’s life and Guernica goes on a rant about his motives, the state of the world (he has a point right now!) and who can save us all. It’s quite a lengthy one-way interaction and whether you agree with his actions or not, it makes for an interesting read.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is blissfully unaware, trapped inside the Animus. Whilst in there, she’s shown the goings on of an unspecified time period, where godly beings – whom I believe are the ‘Precursors’ – are debating what to do about the human race. It all kicks off and there’s a truly brutal murder, which is depicted brilliantly. But most importantly, from a narrative point of view, Charlotte figures out who’s behind the attacks on the Templars and the Assassins. What’s interesting is that people on both sides appear to have chosen to fight for this new threat and in future comics, will the Templars and Assassins have to put their difference aside to dispose of a greater evil? I hope so.
Speaking of the Templars, Mr. Berg is back on his feet and ready for action as the Black Cross, choosing to pick a fight with My’shell. Things don’t go as he’d expect though and he takes yet another beating at the hands of members of the mysterious and dangerous group causing a stir. Their actions help to cement their position as the dominant force.
Elsewhere, there are a few panels to set up the following story arc, with the leader who’s plotting the New World Order appearing to have a vast army at her disposal. Even children aren’t out of bounds, with one in particular being used to help in fulfilling her plan for the human race. She’s truly evil.
I can’t hide my admiration for the artwork through this arc, with the environments all very fitting visually; from the ancient temples and evil lairs, to the London Eye standing tall in the London landscape, it all looks drawn to a high standard. The only criticism of note is the apparent smirk drawn onto My’shell’s face during an intense moment of impending doom; it just doesn’t make sense given the situation.
Issue #4 of Assassin’s Creed: Uprising is very well written, with the narrative keeping me hooked in for future comics. The artwork is lovely for the most part and it’s easy to follow what’s going on at all times. Bring on the next arc, I love it!