The Mass Effect: Homeworlds series from Dark Horse Comics will be half way through its run with issue #2 releases May 30th. Each issue focuses on a specific character from your squad mates in Mass Effect, and fills in some of their back story leading up to the events in the games. They are being written by the lead writer of Mass Effect 3. Parts of each issue’s story you might have picked up as you play through the games but it is nice to have them fleshed out really well if you missed them while playing.
Mass Effect: Homeworlds #2 tell the story of how Tali’Zorah nar Rayya came to the Citadel right up to before she meets Shepherd for the first time. Her story starts with her starting her pilgrimage which is a Quarian right of passage. Tali is one of my favorite Mass Effect characters so I’ve played all her side missions in the games and am familiar with her back story, but I still really enjoyed seeing it all together instead of getting bits and prices through various conversations with her. The art style really works nicely with a slight cell shaded look and a lot of bright colors. I am glad the comics are being written be someone familiar with the game’s universe since they get the little things right. For example Quarians never can get out of their suits because they have no natural immunity to viruses. Because of this we never see their faces in game. It was nice to have this tradition continue with the comics.
I had a lot of fun with Mass Effect: Homeworlds #2 and am looking forward to #3 in July which will focus on Garrus. The Mass Effect: Homeworlds series has really sparked my interested in the Mass Effect universe as a whole so hopefully this fall when its run ends Dark Horse has something else planned for Mass Effect comics.