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Marauder Shields 29: This Ain't Oz (Mass Effect) by koobismo Marauder Shields 29: This Ain't Oz (Mass Effect) by koobismo
The 29th episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect comic.

In this one... A fan-favorite character launches herself against impossible odds, while the skies light up with rage.

Be sure to play this track in the background to upgrade your reading experience: [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.

Thanks to MichelKobayashi for making us believe in Marauder Shields and to my awesome team, especially AdoreeLyssa, our pro editor!

Hope is Alive!

[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. If you like it, if you have any thoughts at all about it - be sure to comment! Also, "The Miracle at Palaven" is in the actual official ME3 lore in case you missed it - check the game's codex! :)

P.S.2. If you're not following me yet, do so at [link] - I've got bacon-flavored ice cream for all.

P.S.3. If you like ambients and epic space music, be sure to buy the soundtrack from my unfinished game, "Starsignal", available at [link] - more info here: [link] - helps me finance my own projects and fun stuff.

P.S.4. Help me spread this series around - retweet, send out links, share this with your friends and post it on your facebook wall! Everything helps!

P.S.5. Be sure to read my newest interview, here: [link] - brought to you by New Gamer Nation, contains my opinions on a lot of different topics and a solid portion of information about my lil' Marauder Shields project!
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mivpus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
mango-pop Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This was beautiful! I love it and it made me cry. Thank you for sharing this with us.
SpartasMaximus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
why are u not working for bioware...
kato42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Jack is well and truly off her leash.

And her meds.

I can't imagine this doing anything good to her body or brain, but all that rage... she isn't feeling a thing.
The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I love the last quote; something to seriously reflect upon...
tarekshamas Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
time for some CALAMARI GAMBOO REAPER BIATCH...........:D

jack kicks o much ass <3
silentruth Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
jack just went full infamous on the reaper's ass.
this is so damn sick!
die-yng Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Awesome interview. I think we grew up on the same diet^^

Awesome story as well. My heart really goes out to Jack for her loss. Caring for the kids changed her so much, in a good way, losing them should definitely sent he rinto a frenzy.
Nightfable Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, Jack is frying her own brain with her biotics!!... NOooooooo!!!! :'(
XEBES Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Jack looks amazing in this!
BeatCrusherX2X Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This may turn into a long-winded rant, but... the only outcome I can accept here is Jack's victory. In a lot of ways, I'd daresay she embodies humanity in the Mass Effect universe (and, to a certain lesser extent, in almost all sci-fi). Consider the themes of her character arc in the second game. Overcoming the past. Defining yourself as you see fit. Making yourself into something more than the sum of the parts the universe put into you. Redemption, if you're feeling like a romantic. Becoming part of "the team" and achieving more for having done it. If that's not humankind- hell, if that's not the entire **galaxy**- in this series, I don't rightly know what is.

And what's it say about humanity, about the forces arrayed against the Reapers... if this exemplar of all their strengths fails to walk away from this fight? Just food for thought :P

And really... it does make for really excellent drama if this is the way Jack's story ends. Emotionally gutting, Pyrrhic to the letter, and with a hell of an explosion to seal the deal. I can definitely understand the reasons for either outcome.
XEBES Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, I'd say it's definitely a step up from Rorsach. Jack is one of my favorite characters. By far she's the most potential for character development, even though as of now she only knows her way of life, but possibly her outlook has been improved because of Shepard and what he stands for.

As usual, Shepard leaves no stone unturned. Which makes Jack dynamically the most beautiful character. Of course, as we can see here what she's capable of.
Caim-souleater Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
SpectreFanchin10 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
so how long does it take you guys to make each chapter in the comic?
SynbiosTael Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
hahaha awesome!

this episode reminded me of this


TashashFengirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh Jack........*Sniffle*

You are an evil, evil, wonderous, BRILLIANT man Koobismo.
KhajiitJzargo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I'm sensing a conventional victory!
Sk8erchix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
THIS IS THE BEST ONE! speachless
silent-assassinxii Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
OMG amazing!! I'm on the edge of my seat!!
Demyu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh Jack, poor broken girl. That's her swan song, isn't it?
DarkSilvermane Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
That Reaper better run, or It's gonna meet a real "Vanguard of Destruction" very soon.

This series is so awesome. Thank you Koobismo + Team for giving us an ending worthy of the franchise.
And for finally unleashing Jack / giving her a purpose in the main story. No use having the most powerful human biotic in the story if she doesn't do some cool stuff.

Can't wait to see what's next.
Haupmann Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Woo, jacks gone all X-men, love it.
Biotic charging out of big ben? Awesome.
I totally wondered about that, everyone who says the reapers are invincible seems to forget the whole "blown up from the inside" thing. It really bugs me, because i still endorse killing the reapers through military force (although not have hackett in command, he's a terrible leader and strategist).
Thats a good codex entry, but still seems insane to allocate every single person to one thing with a 0% success rate.
scythex100 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Conventional victory is impossible because everyone in game says so. What do you think Mass Effect is a Scifi Epic Game

And we cant forget the crucible. without the crucible the catalyst would not appear. can you imagine the game without the catalyst i know i cant

is their a sarcastic emote anywhere? i cant find one
Haupmann Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Use one of those like awesomejavikplz things. Sarcasm sounds right coming from him.
I still think Starkid breaks the whole plot...but maybe thats just me.
scythex100 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Definitely not just you. I was hoping Shepard would give a kind of give the Captain Sheridan speech from season 4 of Babylon 5. Only the reapers dont leave cause their overconfident and then have them get destroyed by the fleet. I still have no idea what the crucible should realy do. maybe it takes down their defences with a signal.

here is the clip

Haupmann Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Totally, that final line "Get the hell out of our galaxy." Would have been very appropriate. I think it would have made a nice shout out too.
Reapers are either overconfident or turned into morons by Starkid, which he really makes them seem like by his presence.

The crucible should have been an ACTUAL weapon not a bloody space magic machine(original endings) or a battery(EC). A few people have suggested it should have been a disruptor or weaken them somehow, which would have made gathering the war assets actually mean something rather than be a number and show exactly how lacking the cutscene is with the fleet(if you get everyone you miss like 5 entire fleets, for no reason).

I still think Shepard should have called in joker and said "Yo, i found the leader of the reapers at my location, thanix his arse."
I see no downside to that plan, basically being the smart version of the refusal ending. Lets see how Starkid likes having his life threatened.
asci-blue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
The Crucible should have been a better form of space travel. It's in the works to prove space can be bent and warped and I'm sure with millions of years something could have been worked out. Point being that using it to directly tap a Rachni fleet would have been pretty bitchin'. A post on Bioware's social network had an ending involving code phrases: Sing the songs of war. Rachni fleet jumps in. A bit less deus ex machina a bit more 'we saved your ass now it's time to pay us back.'
Haupmann Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Oh so like a reverse version of the reaper trap? Not a terrible idea.
Not sure about a Rachni fleet(although it makes you wonder where those ships that were seen in ME2 went) maybe a dormant AI fleet, waiting in dark space. Use the Reapers tricks against them. That would be nice.
I think some actual indication of what the crucible did would help too. How did thousands if not hundreds of thousands of scientists NOT figure out it was a battery? Who the hell builds something without knowing what it is?!
The catalyst's presence is the deus ex machina, removing him would improve the game by 10% by itself.
mjjdj88 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
amazing! i love jack! and she is truly a nut case! :D
Cbird54 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Rain-tear Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
a biotic god
nicart9 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Any news on the marauder shields photo contest yet?
jeffdaniel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Results should be posted later today. . .
Eainz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
BlueDemonX, probably not a flying kick haha. I get the impression its a biotic charge into the Reaper's innards, where she's going to wreak some havoc. I must say that I also feel this installment borders on the verge of overdoing it, probably a bit too anime-style superheroish for my liking, but its still within acceptable limits. Note to Koobismo: please take heed that this level of heroics should be the roof of what characters do. Anything beyond this and it travels into the realm of extreme inprobability.
BlueDemonX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Dunno what to think of this development. IŽll call bullshit if she flying kicks him and wins :D
williamlim3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
whens the next comic coming out? i cannot wait!
Coobalt-Dahonli-One Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
When the photo-contest's winner will be revealed!(which means pretty pretty soon...)
asci-blue Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Impossible yeah I agree. That poor poor Reaper.
Dino-taicho Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33333333333333333333333333
Ardvarkeating101 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
So.... Happy...... Can't.... Breath.....
GeneralHerbison Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012

I am really glad I'm not Cerberus or a Reaper right now. And why do I have a strong feeling she is about to punch a hole right throught that thing? Just hope she calms down when this is over or we'll all screwed.

Still dge to hold the line:salute:
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I heterosexually love you (if you're a dude). And it's probably the alcohol speaking but i love you.
jeffdaniel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Remember, the reason we all love Jack, is because the amazing Courtenay Taylor made Jack an unforgettable biotic badass! Show some love to our friend @courtenaytaylor on twitter. She's an amazing woman, and a big reason why Mass Effect was such a powerful experience.

Also, make sure to check out Courtenay in Resident Evil 6 as Ada Wong!
SerenityAlexandria Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
First thought? "wow that is a lot of blu- OH MY GOSH IS THAT JACK?!? AHFIAUHFIUAEBFKHAC?!?!?

Now after reading it... "wooooooooooow." :icondizzyplz:

Mind=Blown to bits
diain Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
She's going to tear it apart with her biotics isn't she!
She's the Biotic God :D
92ndletter Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
So....Jack is going to be a in Aliens?

SkyShepSR2 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Writer
o.O I am so behind on these... keep up the good work, koobismo!
gkircheis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Love the way you expanded on the existing codex into something more.
Also, discworld?
cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Panel 11. "What is she doing?"
Panel 12. "Oh crap she's not!"
Panel 13/14/15. "She is!"
Tenkage Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Ok never piss off will die faster then you can say ouch, and the pain will be the equal of being covered in acid and the same time
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