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Marauder Shields 26: Little Acts of Defiance (ME3) by koobismo Marauder Shields 26: Little Acts of Defiance (ME3) by koobismo
The 26th episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect comic. In this one... The Galaxy needs its saviors. Victory may be possible... If we all unite in our little acts of defiance.

Be sure to play this track in the background to upgrade your reading experience: [link] (new link)

This is an ongoing story providing an alternative fan-made ending to the Mass Effect story, with a single game-changing maverick transforming the course of history: Marauder Shields. Be sure to start reading at episode 6. Special thanks to MichelKobayashi and to my awesome team, my own Normandy! :)

[The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for! I remain a huge ME & BW fan!]

P.S. After yet another hard week, another episode arrives! Yaay. I'll try to catch up on the correspondence over the next few days, sorry if you haven't yet got a reply - I'm lagging horribly. In case you haven't yet heard about it on my twitter - I have rewritten a few small-to-medium things in the main scenario, which in the end resulted in more comics (an increase by 6 from what I can see right now). Hope you won't mind. ;)

P.S.2. If you're not following me yet, do so at [link] - follow, retweet, share this comic with the world!

P.S.3. Help me spread this series around - retweet, send out links, share this with your friends and post it on your facebook wall! If you can - send a tip about this comic to your favorite gaming media! If you haven't seen it yet - here's a small poster thanking you for all the views: [link] - you're awesome, people!

P.S.4. Are you capable of doing awesome Mass Effect impressions? Contact Jeff (our audio producer) at - if you need a quick reply to any concerns or issues, you may want to contact Jeff as well, as I'm really covered with a TON of e-mails right now.

P.S.5. Special thanks to AssaultSloth, our team's resident biologist for helping me improve the "cut yer genitals out" dialogue. :)
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tala87 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I love it how you give credits to Bailey. He deserved better than to just became one part of the body piles on the Citadel.
168natasha Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
i love this epic story of awesome
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
watering eyes ...
KaiserKun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Great work! I wonder if this elcor plays Blasto's partner, Bubin.
kato42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Aria knows how to motivate people. :)
space-paranoids Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved how you were able to give closure as to what the hell was going on at the Citadel while the arms were closed. I mean, those citizens must have panicked, right? Yet the game doesn't show us this...makes things a little immersion-breaking.

Also, props to you for finally showing those elcor tanks in action! Another thing that the game missed and rendered our war assets nearly useless.
SM51 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Czerka corp.? Area NCC-107-E? Resident Evil? The Fly? YESH! YESH!YESH!
ScornfulOrchid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Loving this series. Got the Discworld reference btw
LucidValvo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Hehehe. NCC-1701-E.
die-yng Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
THis story continues to be among the most amazing ME fanfics I ever read (and I read tons of them^^), if you take the gorgeous artwork into account, then this is probably the best there is. The characters are all IC (or in character^^) and the story is about tentimes better than what we got in game.

Thanks for this koobismo, you rock.
JaimieK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist
You definitely have Aria down pat.
VampireGoddess0806 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
This is an amazing comic... Love the little tie-ins with the Codex entries. Wow.
Russariel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Hahahahaha Birkin-Wesker... even in Mass Effect he has survived.

Been re-reading these and I couldn't help but laugh, thanks so much for making the best ending to Mass Effect of all time.
SwobyJ Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Citadel Multiplayer DLC. Classes: Human Civilian (Male/Female), Vorcha Merc, C-Sec Turian/Human, Batarian Refugee...
tarekshamas Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so That's what happens to the people on the citadel, funny Bioware forgot all about them
Mysticgamer Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I think Bioware said on twitter that most of the citadel survived...don't quote me though. I heard it from a second hand source.
RogueKnight24 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Ooh, Look! A shameless Star Trek reference! xD

Awesome as usual, I hope the extended cut pays off :P
Quackjack Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Mrlogon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
They'll be fine, it looks like they have a Biotic God there.
TheSonofNihilism Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
That Vorcha looks ready to kick some ass.
RamenWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Baily's speech was one of the most powerful moments so far....and that's saying something.

Ahhh, gotta love Aria.
GuardEzio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
heh ^^ i didn't know the Enterprise was docked at the Citadel....epic reference btw
Onyx123 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
god damn, i love these so much.... and the EC still didnt fix the real game, so these are my new ending. these pages.
LowieOnline Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Jaw-droppingly awesome as usual. This is one of my favourite strips to date. Perfect emotion, inflection, gravitas and humour. Keep up the good work!

Hold the line!
artfreak959 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Writer
so, both Bailey's and Aria's speeches struck mee as two of the best speeches ive ever heard.

makes you wonder where Aria learned these things...That woman scares the everloving crap out of me sometimes.

Fantastic job tho, Koobs,

Extended Cut my Butt...

yo5555 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
My friend, you really should work on bioware a teach Casey Hudson about "Artistic Integrity". A really impresive work, and really emotive with the music.
Thanks you, your comic is the ending that I was looking for.
Seracen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I have to say. Bailey's speech is one of the most poignant and empowered moments you've crafted thus far!
Brenan117 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Birkin-Wesker Condominium,

gee, sounds familiar! lol
DMAftermath Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
"I say we'll have to do."

*cues huge green flash and instant green people*
gozerthecarpathian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I came across Marauder Shields while reading some comments in the Extended Cut discussions. I'm glad I did as you guys are doing a better ending than what we got. Granted it's one without Shepard in it for the most part, but it is a fun ride and I can't wait to see where it goes! :)
Gabbagundam Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
i saw the extended cut and i must say your work is better then anything bioware could come up with to give us an explanation for the ending
LittleMissMetamorph Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
This will always be the other other ending to Mass Effect. Before we had any hope of a decent storyline, we had you. Now Bioware have given us some semblance of a decent ending, i still turn to this comic for another view. Thanksyou!
(my biggest question even with the Extended cut, was what the hell happened to the people on the Citadel!)
coreygraham1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I love that there is a Vorcha.
UrsulaCousland Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Thank you so much, Koobismo! (And nice ST reference...)
Mur4s4me Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Arguably one of my favorite so far. Great job again!
lemonlime99 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I love this comic, the extended cut doesn't come anywhere close to these comics. This is the canon ending to Mass Effect.
Darkstarainbow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
This was so amazing it brought tears to my eyes..
Keep it up!! And thank you so much for sharing this incredible work with us.
electricbayonet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012


Woo, man. Let's see...The Fly, Resident Evil, possibly a Discworld, I can't come up with enough reasons for loving this series.
Kohsaka Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Czerka Corporation? Nice :D
ideal-insomnia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
PLEASE don't stop! I've seen Extended Cut with my own eyes and your work is still hundred times better, more coherent, more... alive!
raindrops18 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Nice shout out to the infamous Kotor corporation.
xA5x Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
yo, if you sale this at N.Y.C.C. I will buy it.
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Please do not stop. I have to admit I'm a bit teary reading this after the extended cut. All the memories rushing back at what it could have been. At what all that was missed. Thanks a bunch dude! I swear if I had a stable job now I would gladly donate without a hesitation!.

Hope you dont stop here, even though the extended bullcrap is out. Again thanks
Maskburk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Very well done. You are a shimmer of light in this world of false promises and lackluster damage control.
kingpinsrevenge Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I'm feeling that living tank =) btw koobismo whats you and the teams view on extended cut now its out assuming you've seen it?
kingpinsrevenge Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Also they removed the shields from our main man so he's just Marauder Health now booooo
StrawberryRainPop Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
oh and AMAZING WORK! As usual! Seriously, how do you do it? The writing here is damn much drama in so few pictures.... Once the entire series is done, and the voicework completed, you should really look into publishing these on youtube as a motion comic! It would be a serious hit!

Thats wayyy in the future though! Take your time with this comic! Its amazing and we dont want you to feel like you have to rush out a comic for us every week. As always, thank you for this!

keelah se'lai
StrawberryRainPop Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
After the lackluster Extended Cut, and the half assed Refusal ending, this comic WILL REDEEM THE SERIES!

TheRealNation Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just read the whole series straight through. This is absolutely fantastic. YOU should design the alternative ending for Mass Effect 3. By the way, is there any word on when that comes out?
evisneffo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
If you're on XBox or PC, it's already out. If you're on PS3 it'll be out on July 4. :D
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