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Assassin’s Creed: The Ankh of Isis Trilogy Review

Assassin’s Creed – The Ankh of Isis Trilogy

“Abstergo wants Desmond Miles and they’ll stop at nothing to get him—kidnapping and murdering without hesitation—but betrayal closer to home lands a far greater blow for the deadly Templars.

“In a race against time, Desmond uses the Animus to delve into the lives of two Assassins from Roman times—the shadowy Aquilus and the barbarian Accipiter—in a desperate search for a weapon to destroy Abstergo.”

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(Image: Titan Books)

Assassin’s Creed – The Ankh of Isis Trilogy brings to life Ubisoft’s video game series Assassin’s Creed, available in several iterations on most systems, by focusing on the introduction of our main character, Desmond, and his slow progression into an Assassin through intermittent sessions in the Animus. The Animus, not fully explained in the graphic novel, is a device that allows Desmond to access his lineage and re-live the experiences of his ancestors. This connection allows Desmond to harvest critical information in a war he knows nothing of.

The story follows a similar story line as that of the original Assassin’s Creed. The location of the bar where he works and the omission of his background are just some of the ways that writer Eric Corbeyran appears to try and set his story as less of a companion and more of a stand-alone.  Sprinkled within his story are bits and pieces of historical tidbits which flesh out this niche of the overall story. Having little background in this area of history, it was a pleasant surprise. Corbeyran does well to introduce but not over-saturate you in the story. He leaves you with just enough mystery to have you turning the pages for more.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the book’s artist Djilalli Defali. There seemed to be several miss steps in the first section Desmond. Defali eventually came into his own and in the third section, Accipiter, conquered the style and truly enhanced the characters and the story. The panels of action seemed to be the most detailed compared to those with text. Defali truly respected the words around his art and put focus where needed. Defali also chose his color pallets well. Each time and reality seemed to have its own tone which helped separate what and when. You can definitely see the affection grow for the characters on the page.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ankh of Isis Trilogy brings something to both the devoted fan of the Ubisoft video game series in addition to the graphic novel aficionado. It includes: Desmond, Aquilus and Accipiter in a beautiful hardcover. It was a pleasure to read and really kept my interests in both story and, eventually, art. The collection is available now at your local book retailer. Published by Titan Books, pick up your copy now.

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