Your Guide To The Mass Effect Comic Books

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Your Guide To The Mass Effect Comics Books.

With Mass Effect: Andromeda still months away you might be desperate to scratch that Mass Effect itch. Luckily there are heaps of comics to dive into to immerse yourself in the ME Universe.

I’ve put together a guide which give you everything you need to know to start reading the Mass Effect comics. This includes a list of all of the available comics as well as how you can read them as who they were created by? I also answer a handful of questions you might have.

Who Publishes the Mass Effect Comics?

The Mass Effect comics are published by Dark Horse Comics, who are known for their quality comics based on original ideas as well as many other popular video game licences.

Are The Mass Effect Comics Official?

Yes they are. Not only are they officially licenced by Bioware they are written by lead writers from the game. The majority of the comics are co-written by Mac Walters who is the lead writer on the Mass Effect video games.

Where Can I Find Mass Effect Comics?

Mass Effect comics can be found at any good comic book store as well as digitally on Dark Horse Digital or Comixology.

You can find out more about where to find comic books here.

Mass Effect Comic Book Series

Mass Effect Volume 1: Redemption cover by Daryl Mandryk.

Redemption

Written by Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller. Art by Omar Francia.

Number of Issues: 4
Timeline Setting: Before Mass Effect 2
Trade Paperback Collection: Mass Effect Volume 1: Redemption (Collects Mass Effect: Redemption #1-4)

This is the first of the Mass Effect comic book series. Mass Effect: Redemption explore key events that lead up to Mass Effect 2.

Mass Effect Volume 2: Evolution cover by Massimo Carnevale.

Evolution

Written by Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller. Art by Omar Francia.

Number of Issues: 4
Timeline Setting: Origins of the Illusive Man
Trade Paperback Collection: Mass Effect Volume 2: Evolution (Collects Mass Effect: Evolution #1-4 + MySpace Dark Horse Presents and USA Today stories)

Mass Effect: Evolution is a four-part miniseries which explores the origins of the Illusive Man and the Cerberus organisation.

Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion cover by Massimo Carnevale.

Invasion

Written by Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller. Art by Omar Francia.

Number of Issues: 4
Timeline Setting: Between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3
Trade Paperback Collection: Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion (Collects Mass Effect: Invasion #1-4)

This four-part miniseries stars Aria T’Loak as her station comes under the threat of Cerberus organisation.

Mass Effect Volume 4: Homeworlds cover by Anthony Palumbo.

Homeworlds

Written by Mac Walters, Jeremy Barlow, Patrick Weekes, John Dombrow and Sylvia Feketekuty. Art by Eduardo Francisco, Garry Brown, Omar Francia and Chris Staggs.

Number of Issues: 4
Timeline Setting: Set at various times
Trade Paperback Collection: Mass Effect Volume 4: Homeworlds (Collects Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1-4)

Mass Effect: Homeworlds is a miniseries made up of four standalone stories which star a different cast member.

The following issues focus on the following characters:

  • Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1: James Vega
  • Mass Effect: Homeworlds #2: Tali’Zorah
  • Mass Effect: Homeworlds #3: Garrus Vakarian
  • Mass Effect: Homeworlds #4: Liara T’Soni

Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 1 cover by Benjamin Carré.

Foundation

Written by Mac Walters and Jeremy Barlow (#9-13 only). Art by Tony Parker, Omar Francia, Matthew Clark and Garry Brown.

Number of Issues: 13
Timeline Setting: Ties into the Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC. Issue #5 ties in with Mass Effect 2

Trade Paperback Collections:

  • Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 1 (Collects Mass Effect: Foundation #1-4)
  • Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 2 (Collects Mass Effect: Foundation #5-8)
  • Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 3 (Collects Mass Effect: Foundation #9-13)

Mass Effect: Focundation is a 13-part series which tie into the Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC.

Discovery

Written by Mac Walters, John Dombrow and Jeremy Barlow. Art by Gabriel Guzmán.

Number of Issues: TBA
Timeline Setting: TBA

Announced at New York Comic Con 2016, Mass Effect: Discovery is a new comic book series which begins sometime in Spring 2017.

Short Stories

There have also been a batch of Mass Effect short stories. All of these are 8-pages each and 2/3 of them c be read for free.

Big Collected Editions

For those who wan to binge read there are two types of big collections:

Mass Effect Library Edition Volume 1 cover.

Library Editions

Dark Horse Comics Library Editions are nice, big, hardcover collections which are larger in dimensions. These look rather nice on the bookshelf.

  • Mass Effect Library Edition Volume 1 (Collects Redemption #1-4, Evolution #1-4, Invasion #1-4 and Homeworlds #1-4)
  • Mass Effect Library Edition Volume 2 (Collects Mass Effect: Foundation #1–#13, “Blasto: Eternity Is Forever,” and a story from Free Comic Book Day 2013)

Mass Effect Omnibus Volume 1 cover by Daryl Mandryk.

Omnibus

The omnibus collections have the same content as the Library Editions but share the same dimensions as regular comic book. They’re also more affordable too.

  • Mass Effect Omnibus 1 (Collects Redemption #1-4, Evolution #1-4, Invasion #1-4 and Homeworlds #1-4) – Available November 16th 2016
  • Mass Effect Omnibus 2 (Collects Mass Effect: Foundation #1–#13, “Blasto: Eternity Is Forever,” and a story from Free Comic Book Day 2013) – Available February 21st 2017

Have Your Say!

Have you read any of the Mass Effect Comics? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he’s not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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