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New Mass Effect Comic Series Focuses On The Illusive Man

Find out more about the guy we'd most like to party with, 2010.

Sure, we'd like to party with Mass Effect 2's Illusive Man, but we're also down to learn a little bit more about the mysterious Cerberus shotcaller's background. Conveniently, Dark Horse Comics is giving us just that chance in the coming weeks with Mass Effect Evolution, another four-issue mini-comic series created in collaboration with BioWare--the studio that created the Mass Effect universe and everything inside it.

Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters will have a hand in the series, as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's Jackson Miller. Omar Francia is the dude behind the art, which you can already get a glimpse of via the BioWare blog and its seven-page preview of the first issue
 


== TEASER ==Here's the synopsis BioWare is providing (via Destructoid):

"Mass Effect Evolution chronicles humanity’s first deadly days on the galactic stage and uncovers the pivotal role The Illusive Man played in it all! Available only in comics, this essential piece of Mass Effect canon offers new insights for existing fans, while the focus on humanity’s first steps into the wider Mass Effect universe provides a riveting story of action and intrigue."


Dark Horse will ship Evolution in both physical and digital format. The latter you can get two ways, via the "Dark Horse Digital Comics program" or through its official App on iTunes. No firm release date has mentioned, but I'd imagine the first few issues will be released rather soon-ish.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Sure, we'd like to party with Mass Effect 2's Illusive Man, but we're also down to learn a little bit more about the mysterious Cerberus shotcaller's background. Conveniently, Dark Horse Comics is giving us just that chance in the coming weeks with Mass Effect Evolution, another four-issue mini-comic series created in collaboration with BioWare--the studio that created the Mass Effect universe and everything inside it.

Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters will have a hand in the series, as well as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic's Jackson Miller. Omar Francia is the dude behind the art, which you can already get a glimpse of via the BioWare blog and its seven-page preview of the first issue
 


== TEASER ==Here's the synopsis BioWare is providing (via Destructoid):

"Mass Effect Evolution chronicles humanity’s first deadly days on the galactic stage and uncovers the pivotal role The Illusive Man played in it all! Available only in comics, this essential piece of Mass Effect canon offers new insights for existing fans, while the focus on humanity’s first steps into the wider Mass Effect universe provides a riveting story of action and intrigue."


Dark Horse will ship Evolution in both physical and digital format. The latter you can get two ways, via the "Dark Horse Digital Comics program" or through its official App on iTunes. No firm release date has mentioned, but I'd imagine the first few issues will be released rather soon-ish.
Edited by AllanIceman

want. 
Might pick it up when I pick up ME2 for PS3.  
 
Edit: Finally done with this Quest! Arg!   

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Posted by Daveyo520

Cool

Posted by fwylo

Dang didn't know what page I put this picture on :(. So had it otherwise.

Posted by MisterMouse

coool stuff

Posted by Daveyo520
@fwylo: lol
Posted by Venatio

Awesome, I read Redemption and I can't wait for this to come out on the app store

Posted by Zimbo

Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way.
Posted by Jedted

Finally we get to see how the Illusive Man became the bad ass that we know today! 
Posted by General_D23

Redemption wasn't really all that great (though that may be because I'm not the biggest Liara fan), and I can't say I've enjoyed any of the online ones (I hated the one focused on Bailey), but this...I'll give Mass Effect in comic form one last shot, I think.

Posted by Quacktastic
@Jedted said:
" Finally we get to see how the Illusive Man became the bad ass that we know today!  "
Just watch Apocalypse Now instead.
Posted by MikeFightNight
@Zimbo said:
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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "
I love the art for this cover, can't wait!
Posted by StudioErebus

 Always love more Mass Effect goods. Where's that breakfast cereal I wrote asking for BioWare!?
That art is by Joe Quinones, check out his blog for a making of as well as other covers: 
http://joequinones.blogspot.com/

Posted by Mr_Skeleton
@Zimbo said:
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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "

It's like seeing young Jeff Bridges in Tron.
Posted by ComradeCrash

Totally going to buy these!

Posted by BoOzak

Nice, I enjoyed Redemption it was a great prelude to ME2 & the lair of the shadow broker DLC. I really love the ME universe, It takes everything good about popular sci-fi and somehow manages to make it better. I hope they continue to make comics in the ME universe even after the trilogy ends.

Posted by 137

doesn't look too good, and doesn't look too bad. However isn't Mass Effect 3 going to be the final entry in a Trilogy of Games or do you think it's going to keep going on and on and on and on. I mean cause if Sheppard or whoever kicks reaper ass after the next game what else is there to do, how big can you make this universe if the conflict is gone.  
 
And how many more herons will you be able to sex up without dying a horrible death from being a space bound badass spreading his seed amongst the galaxy. 

Posted by AhmadMetallic

YOU SO ILLUSIVE

Posted by AhmadMetallic

YOU SO ILLUSIVE

Posted by Nexas

Who wants to bet that TIM is the one who killed Saren's brother?

Posted by BraveToaster

I need this.

Posted by Gav47

Will this explore his many sexual conquests?

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@Zimbo said:

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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "
This is what happens when you pull the Right trigger.
Posted by ezdude

I hear they're doing something similar for the ps3 version of Mass Effect 2. Nobody seems to remember that that's happening

Posted by Waffles13

"We"

Edited by RustySpoon

Actually, there is a release date. First issue comes out the 19th! Excited!

Posted by Vonocourt
@Zimbo said:
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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "
That sold me into buying my first comic in years. No joke.
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Posted by wh1terav3n
@137 said:
" doesn't look too good, and doesn't look too bad. However isn't Mass Effect 3 going to be the final entry in a Trilogy of Games or do you think it's going to keep going on and on and on and on. I mean cause if Sheppard or whoever kicks reaper ass after the next game what else is there to do, how big can you make this universe if the conflict is gone.   And how many more herons will you be able to sex up without dying a horrible death from being a space bound badass spreading his seed amongst the galaxy.  "
ME3 ends the Shepard story arc.
Posted by Blackout62
@Nexas said:
" Who wants to bet that TIM is the one who killed Saren's brother? "
I'll wager against that.
 
Also way to take the illusive away from the man Bioware.
Posted by Mikazukinoyaiba

Never been interested in either of the novels or the comics, despite my love for Mass Effect. 
 
Mass Effect games have a great story and characters, but I don't really have a high opinion of videogame/movie-based fictional novels.  
 
I may "obtain" this comic and purchase it later.

Edited by jakob187

I hope it's better than the last shit that they put out.  Redemption was so sub-par that it fucking hurt.  

Posted by DG991

I find it odd that in this comic they just encountered the turians, yet they can speak to each other.  
 
Idk, I might check it out. 

Posted by Sweep

Stoked for this :D

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Posted by kerikxi
@137:  The Reapers are far from the only conflict in the Mass Effect universe, y'know. Lots of uncharted territory still too. All it takes is another species discovering a mass effect drive and boom.
Posted by 137
@kerikxi said:
" @137:  The Reapers are far from the only conflict in the Mass Effect universe, y'know. Lots of uncharted territory still too. All it takes is another species discovering a mass effect drive and boom. "
Sorry for being so mass effect noobish, I refused to play part 1 when it came out in 07 being a gaming snob and giving it the Jeff G "I played an hour of it and hated it (concerning RDR)" attitude, then I saw it was coming out for ps3 on a new engine and wanted to play part 1 so I got it on steam for 12 bucks thanks to holiday sales. Blew 30 hours of my life away and didn't fully explore the universe. Only to get part 2 for PC a few hours after beating 1 for 20 dollars, purchased all the DLC that had missions and blew another 40 hours of my life away and explored every inch of the galaxy and Boned Liara, Jack, and Tali. I fear that I'm going to die importing this character into Mass Effect 3 because he can't control his dick.  
 
But man the fucking grin I had on my face that all of those scenes played out on top of the fact I kicked the collectors ass. Man I'm jumping right back in for round 2 as a renegade. I don't think I've ever played a game where I actually wanted to play through it a second time instantly. 
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  Freaking bad ass!
    
  @Zimbo
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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "
Posted by Joeybagad0nutz
@Zimbo said:
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Oh wow! The Illusive man is AWESOME! He kinda looks like Han Solo in a way. "

AWESOMENESSSSSS TO THE MAX!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by tourgen

The only Illusive Man story I want to hear is how he dies a horrible, grotesque death.

Posted by NTM

Neat, I've always loved reading upon game stories whether it be novels or comics. Doesn't mean I'm going to read this (unless I find it on the internet for free). Heh, heh. Heh...

Posted by Draugrim

Added to my already voluminous pull list at my local comic shop. Party hard, Illusive Man.

Posted by Jasta

Pre-ordered.

Yus!

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

Sweet! Mass Effect: Redemption was pretty essential in understanding everything in Lair of the Shadow Broker, so I will definitely pick this up when it comes out!

Posted by Make_Me_Mad

That cover has me thinking that The Illusive Man would be an awesome squadmate for a final battle.  Also that he might be one hell of a threat if you have to take him on.

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@Gav47 said:

" Will this explore his many sexual conquests? "


Yeah I was going to say, if that comic's not adult themed, I'm not interested.
Posted by Beauty

Is this going to explain how he is really a Reaper? If not, I'm not interested. 

Posted by WickedCobra03
@137 said:
" @kerikxi said:
" @137:  The Reapers are far from the only conflict in the Mass Effect universe, y'know. Lots of uncharted territory still too. All it takes is another species discovering a mass effect drive and boom. "
Sorry for being so mass effect noobish, I refused to play part 1 when it came out in 07 being a gaming snob and giving it the Jeff G "I played an hour of it and hated it (concerning RDR)" attitude, then I saw it was coming out for ps3 on a new engine and wanted to play part 1 so I got it on steam for 12 bucks thanks to holiday sales. Blew 30 hours of my life away and didn't fully explore the universe. Only to get part 2 for PC a few hours after beating 1 for 20 dollars, purchased all the DLC that had missions and blew another 40 hours of my life away and explored every inch of the galaxy and Boned Liara, Jack, and Tali. I fear that I'm going to die importing this character into Mass Effect 3 because he can't control his dick.   But man the fucking grin I had on my face that all of those scenes played out on top of the fact I kicked the collectors ass. Man I'm jumping right back in for round 2 as a renegade. I don't think I've ever played a game where I actually wanted to play through it a second time instantly.  "
I am having that same exact experience right now, Jeff , as well as a few other people who I really take stock in their word poo-poo'd it basically and just kind of wrote it off as being kind of unplayable and just a janky experience through out.  Well then Mass Effect 2 came out and I actually got a bit hyped for the game again, mostly from Vinny and really wanted to dive into the first, so I bought the first for like $20 bucks and have sunk around 10 hours into it ATM and then probably going to jump into the ME2 by spring time once I finish the first Mass Effect (it will take me like a month or two to finish ME1 just because I really take my time in games and really stretch them out.  Not really just just because I want to explore everything, but I just like taking breaks and really let the game set in and play it whenever I really want to instead of rushing through it,).
Posted by Brenderous

Oh, great. So we get to read about this asshole jerking people around and smoking and drinking all the time. 
 
Wait, that sounds great.

Posted by Kaspar

Not to be an ass, but isn't this ancient stuff?

Posted by ScoreSetter

So do you think this stuff might show up in the 3rd game somehow so I don't have to worry about reading a comic for more illusive info on this man?
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