I have never, ever, played a single Mass Effect game. I have watched friends play the game and I am familiar with the story, but I have never experienced it for myself. Since I know a little about the Mass Effect world, I figured that the new Dark Horse title, Mass Effect Foundation (MEF going forward), would be worth a read. The 24-page story in MEF #1 is fast-paced with nearly non-stop action throughout the issue. It only slows a few times to move the plot forward. The art is excellent and helps, but the story itself seems generic. I have seen this same generic plot line a hundred times before. The story doesn’t give you much to go on in the beginning. It follows a woman that seems to be some sort of agent, looking for a man named “Roth.” She uses her wits and resources to do whatever she can to get to her target with the help of a young kid. It’s predictable and uses lines that we have all heard from other action comics and movies. You see everything coming a mile away, until the last few pages. The end of MEF #1 gives the story a twist and that is what made this comic worth reading.
Final Verdict: Overall, it’s a decent book. Not great, but good for a read if you are a Mass Effect fan. Before the ending, I would have given this comic a 2.5 out of 5. The twist ending raises it to a 3.25 out of 5 for non-Mass Effect fans. If you are a fan, I would bump the rating up to 3.5 out of 5. Mass Effect Foundation #1 comes out July 24, 2013.