Mass Effect: Discovery #3

Jul 26, 2017

Mass Effect: Discovery #3
Dark Horse Comics

Written by: Jeremy Barlow & John Dombrow
Art by: Gabriel Guzman

Dombrow and Barlow’s Mass Effect: Discovery is proving to be a worthwhile bride story between the original BioWare trilogy and the polarizing Andromeda. This third issue of the four-issue arc is the best of the story so far and does a great job at being both terrific fan service and an interesting standalone.

As was teased in issue 2, the latest 20 pages take place almost entirely on Omega, the neon-infused, racy, all-night-party station first seen in Mass Effect 2. With that memorable setting comes its memorable de facto leader, Aria. These sorts of cameos are the bread and butter of tie-in comics, and though they can be done wrong, this series has been skillful at walking that line narrowly and smartly so far. Her presence enhances the story because we already know it’s impossible to operate on Omega without her knowing. Really, her showing up was pre-destined in a way. It feels earned and fun.

Have you seen this:
DC Comics announces big change with Superman, a Shazam! miniseries and an eight-issue Booster Gold-Blue Beetle run

This issue’s pacing is very strong too, with plenty of time for character development before an explosive final section that leaves us dangling for the final issue. At one point I was surprised to see issue 3 isn’t an extended issue because so much happens in those few pages. I often bemoan the delivery of single issue comics. I much prefer reading a trade paperback in one go, the full arc available. So often there seems to be a dearth of content for single issues. Discovery #3 gets it right and reminds me that sometimes this format can be exceptional. The famous red hues of Omega look fantastic, and the action flows well only after some crucial character beats. It’s a really solid issue that proves tie-ins aren’t always without a soul.


Are you an Insider?News, reviews, & updates are just the beginning.

Don't miss out on your chance to win every month...

Just Missed!
Free GWW t-shirt!
Can't win' em all!
25% Off Insider Membership
So Close!
50% Off Insider Membership
Not today
50% Off GWW Shirt
Try again Tomorrow
25% Off GWW Shirt
Get your chance to win a prize!
Enter your email address and spin the wheel. This is your chance to win amazing discounts!
Our in-house rules:
  • One game per user
  • Cheaters will be disqualified.