If you’ve made it this far into Titan Comics’ Assassin’s Creed: Awakening mini-series manga adaptation, then you’ll be hoping for an exciting finale to the first volume, thus actually making it all worthwhile. The series – based on the life of Edward Kenway, prior to the Black Flag video game – has grown tentatively since the opening chapter; from a very slow and quite painful read, to a couple of more adventurous issues that left us with questions we want answers to. So without further ado, let’s get stuck into Issue #6…
Last time out, Mr Kenway was trying to negotiate his way into getting some help from the scumbags residing in the Pirate Republic of the Caribbean, with only the promise of future riches if they aid in finding the Observatory. The only ally he could find, Kidd, tricked him into a treasure hunt on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. Here, the great Ah Tabai was waiting to gain retribution for Edward’s actions in obtaining the Assassin’s robes and stabs him, an action which causes Masato – the lad using the Animus – to also gain a wound.
Issue #6 puts a heavy focus on the modern day world and how Masato is reacting to the fact that he’s just been stabbed whilst playing a supposed video game. The employees of Abstergo have to reveal what’s really going on and what the Animus actually is. It’s good to see him get riled up by the revelation as it adds a bit of personality to an under-used character that has only really shown a petulant side up to this point.
With the Abstergo employees being Templars, anyone familiar with the Assassin’s Creed world will know that these people do whatever is necessary to find the information they need; this time from Masato’s ancestor, Edward Kenway. I’m a sucker for a villain and I do enjoy the way that the female staff member completely exploits Masato’s biggest weakness to try and convince him to co-operate. She doesn’t appear to have a conscience, which makes her a very dangerous prospect to his life and those closest to him.
That’s all that really goes on in Issue #6 for Masato’s side of the story. Meanwhile, the reader is treated to a few panels of Edward recovering after Ah Tabai’s assault, with the interesting part being the proposition to officially join the Brotherhood of Assassins, instead of being an imposter who abides to the Templars’ demands. And that’s where it leaves us, with a will he or won’t he accept the offer situation… okay so in retrospect we do know the answer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see the rest of it unfold once he’s on the right side of the war!
Just because I’m interested in the second volume of the mini-series, doesn’t mean that this issue is any easier to read than those gone before it. The speech bubbles often confuse me as to who the words actually belong to, and many of the panels aren’t great visually – apart from the close-ups, which provide a far better standard of artistry.
Overall, the Assassin’s Creed: Awakening mini-series has been hit and miss from the very beginning, but fortunately Issue #6 entices us to check out the potentially exciting adventures of the chapters yet to come. Masato knows the reality of his situation and Edward should now realise which side he needs to be on, so the dynamics are clearly shifting.
Be sure to join us for the concluding half of Edward Kenway’s origins; I’m sure there’s a whole lot more this pirate has to offer.