After a lull in Issue 2, things pick up again in the third issue of Titan Comics’ Sea of Thieves series as the rival pirates’ crew must deal with a small army of skeletons, and another crew of pirates doing what pirates do best. Stealing.
This issue of the Sea of Thieves comic starts straight after the cliffhanger ending of issue two with Lesedi and her crew ambushed by a gang of skeletons with a taste for treasure. These skeletons mysteriously know about the treasure map Lesedi and DeMarco have brought over, and will stop at nothing or no-one to get hold of it. Lesedi warns her crew not to rush in without appropriate tooling, but legendary fighter Osgar Seamark simply rips both arms off a skeleton to provide everything he needs!
Unfortunately for the skeletons, Lesedi and her crew aren’t the current owners of the legendary map.
DeMarco and his crew have had the total opposite night, waking in a hazy slumber after a night on the rum. This ends abruptly when he notices his ship sailing off into the distance. The rest of his crew rally to his side only to realise it is too far away to catch up. Fear not though, master marksman Rin has found a cannon just big enough to fit humans in…
The comic then switches back to Lesedi and her crew who have managed to fight off the skeletons to make it back to their ship, before issuing a warning to the remaining bony ones by Seamark that their days are numbered. The skeletons though have very different ideas and I suspect this isn’t the last we will see of them.
Having blown themselves back on to their ship, DeMarco et al manage to capture their own, but not before we see him and Mele discuss their diverse-yet-similar tastes… all whilst punching and kicking the ship kidnappers, and doing a very good job of it too.
After their unique escapades, the rival crews bump into each other on Discovery Ridge – another location featured in the game. Once again, they squabble over the rightful ownership of the map but this time things turn ugly and one action from Rin will have serious repercussions for both crews.
Whether or not the crews are actually ever getting closer to the treasure that the map points them towards remains unclear; both crews are inept enough that they may never get there. Hopefully – for their benefit – the increase of other pirates and the new presence of skeletons signifies they are getting closer, but with the latest round of sibling fighting leaving both crews shaken up, maybe the time is now to form an alliance.
This latest issue of Titan Comics’ Sea of Thieves most definitely packs more of a punch than the slower paced second issue, and as a result is a far better read. The artwork on the skeletons is a particular highlight with their piercing blue eyes coming across as cartoony, but it works really well, and they look good in combat against the pirates. The latest cliffhanger leaves me once again excited for the next instalment.