The Chain (Assassin’s Creed)

Graphic novel review: Assassin’s Creed: The Chain

By Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl, and Tyson Hesse

The story

This is a direct sequel to “The Fall”.  It follows Daniel Cross and his ancestor Innokenti Orelov (son of Nikolai).  It is the same length as “The Fall”, which means I felt that it was too short.  It appeared to do more with the animus sections, giving more history of the Orelov family.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, everything was grim and horrible.  I really don’t like when the Assassins get screwed over, like in Black Flag when you have to kill Assassins while you’re pretending to be a Templar.  You spend most of the games as an Assassin and on their side, obviously you form an sort of loyalty to them.  It makes it uncomfortable then when you go to things like Rogue or these comics and you’re watching the main character turn on them.  However, I can definitely see why characters in this comic would not hold that loyalty; Nikolai apparently decided to be a horrible abusive father in order to train his son (is that really necessary, I mean really?).  I’ve never understood the use of that kind of tactic.  Maybe you train them to be stone-cold killers or whatever, but you’re definitely not training them to be loyal to you.  Not exactly a good idea, I think.  I have to admit I’m a little weary of that trope.

The art

The art is the same as in “The Fall”.  Some of the characters have undergone a redesign, as befitting the small time-skip that occurs between the comics.  There isn’t too much to say that hasn’t been said already in my review of “The Fall”.

Rating

4/7 stars

Warnings

Violence, child abuse in the name of ‘training’.

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