Review by C.J. Bunce
Having escaped an Assassins brotherhood training camp in his youth where his mother is killed by the villainous Maxime Torm, 17 years later–in 2017–readers meet the escapee in the new graphic novel Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone. His name is Tomo, now a young man working in a video arcade in Tokyo. With Hajime, the man that helped him escape, Tomo is now seeking to destroy the man that ruined their lives and murdered their brethren. The Templars are now using DNA databases to track down the remaining Assassins. Tomo and Hajime find a lead in far off France, a doctor named Nathalie Chapman, who Tomo believes will take them to Torm and the Templars. But Tomo hasn’t finished his training. He is not an Assassin yet. He poses as a doctor and is hired to work for Chapman, when he gets closer to one of her patients, a young woman with amnesia named Elisa Adler.
The Animus, Abstergo, the Helix, and Pieces of Eden, the same trippy quests back through the generations, and an expanded tale of the Adler and Gorm families spinning out of Dorison’s 2018 graphic novel Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracies mixes historical fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy. In a similar vein as Ready Player One, Bloodshot, and Dollhouse, you’ll join Tomo on a virtual reality ride back into the past of the Gorms that takes Tomo to the beginnings of the Vietnam War. But what will Chapman and Hajime do when Tomo tries to help Elisa?
Rich, detailed worldbuilding by Guillaume Dorison (translated by Marc Bourbon-Crook) continues the Assassin’s Creed universe beyond the video games and nine prior graphic novel stories from Titan Comics. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone (the first book of a two-book series) has all the elements of the Jason Bourne saga: good action, intrigue, smart dialogue, and likeable characters. Ennio Bufi′s artwork is gorgeous, a mix of the contrasts and shadows of Jock and the vivid, sweeping imagery of Bill Sienkiewicz. Bufi is an artist readers can only hope to see more of.
Check out this preview of both volumes of Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone courtesy of Titan Comics:
Good action, intrigue, and imagery. Add Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone to your comic book store pull list now. Look for book one of two in the two-part series in a hardcover edition arriving February 19, 2020, at Elite Comics or your local comic book store, and here at Amazon. Book Two is available for pre-order now here at Amazon.