Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
 
In Stores Now
 
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Action > Adventure > Fantasy > Videogames > Art > Role Playing > The Art Of Assassin's Creed III (Titan Books Hardcover Coffee Table Book)/Assassin's Creed Graphic Novels: 1. Desmond, 2. Aquilus, 3. Accipiter (Titan Books Hardcover Mature Comic Books)

The Art Of Assassin's Creed III (Titan Books Hardcover Coffee Table Book)/Assassin's Creed Graphic Novels: 1. Desmond, 2. Aquilus, 3. Accipiter (Titan Books Hardcover Mature Comic Books)

 

Books: A-/B-

 

 

Assassin's Creed is a highly successful video game that debuted in 2007 from Ubisoft and has been building into a potentially huge franchise beyond its origins including a feature film that may land Michael Fassbinder in the lead and other off-shoots on the way. We have received some nice, high quality, hardcover books tied into the various worlds including a new coffee table book on the newest video game.

 

Assassin's Creed III (actually part five of the overall franchise) is a breathtaking adventure set in the American Colonial Revolution. Along with the complex plot, quests, skills and missions, it features a beautiful vista of nature, people, and towns. As the main character sneaks ups on its target(s), the game allows a number of different ways and skills to execute the hunt or kill, including hand to hand or musket, creating a fictional and adventurous world of what the colonial America used to be.

 

This large, heavy volume is a beautifully drawn art book and is a must-collect for all Assassin's Creed fans featuring beautiful paintings, drawings, and design for the game. The world featured ranges from the large and wild frontier, to the complex cities, alley ways and rooftops in the world of Assassin's Creed. It also features character designs and inspiration for their costuming to match period clothing, as well as various allies, common people, NPCs and the tools of the trade.

 

That makes for an ambitious, serious companion to the latest level ands era of the franchise, but while that is about the CG world, the three new graphic novel comic books jump eras and form a brief-but-interesting trilogy that is all in hand-drawn art by Djillali Defali (art) and Alexis Sentenac (color). These are English translations of works made in and debuting in French from 2009 all written by Eric Corbeyran that lays out this section of worlds and characters well. I liked how this was smart and too the point. Though I (the second author of this review) am not a fantasy genre fan, I can see the potential appeal here and if this is a sign of where a feature film is going, I am now much more interested to see what the makers do.

 

Colors can be a little muted, but not ridiculously so. The quality of the paper and binding is top rate, so they are meant to last, much the way Titan Books and Ubisoft hope the franchise will be.

 

If you are a fan and have not seen these four volumes or new at this and want to learn about how this world functions and works, these publications are as good as any place to start.

 

 

- Ricky Chiang & Nicholas Sheffo


Marketplace

 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com