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Marauder Shields 37: From the Skies by koobismo Marauder Shields 37: From the Skies by koobismo
The 37th Episode of the "Marauder Shields" Mass Effect Comic.

In this one... Cavalry comes from the skies. But will they live long enough to actually make a difference?

BACKGROUND MUSIC

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

AFTERWORD

Just before the break

I had a lot of help with creating this episode - AssaultSloth wrote the codex entry and sculpted out the Hanar fighter in 3d, whereas Mihai (a.k.a. Enixtm) helped me out with compositing the shots with Blair. All hail the awesomists!

One more episode before we arrive at our Mid-season Finale. Be prepared. It will be huge.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

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!]

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WatanabeMayuyu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
The reapers are supposed to be hyperintelligent with millions of years of galactic war experience. They shouldn't be giving off so many hints if they really want the Crucible activated.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is cognitive bias - the amount of these hints seem amplified because this is what the story tries to sell here, thus focusing on the few characters that have the knowledge, experience, perception or other abilities allowing them to see what's *really* (in this alternative universe, so to speak) going on. If you consider how much stuff is happening all at once all around in the Mass Effect universe at this particular time, including the Reaper campaign and the political fallout of the war being slowly but gradually lost by "our guys", I'd wager the amount of hints isn't all that staggering. And that's not even taking into account the very humanly (and non-humanly in the ME universe) characteristics of us all, as we often allow ourselves to cloud judgement with emotions.
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malovence Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Uh...holy shit.
Asking permission beforehand but, may I use the tech idea from your stories for my own fanfictions?
Follower38 on fanfiction.net is my alias and where i post my stories. 
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I didn't know Kodiaks had shields I guess it makes sense, but they seem to be kind of useless, everything just one shots them usually.
However, Hanar! Finally doing something useful. I like the design too, it looks like it should be piloted by jellyfish. No idea how it would work but it looks cool so i don't care. Then i read how it works! :D
Nice bit of drama too. I'm wondering what Samara's going to do. I do like how shes being shown as how powerful she actually is. I recall using reave to just annihilate husks.

So i'm guessing you're kind of showing how everything hit the fan in the game since it doesn't really tell you why everything's so bad when you're doing so well. Which is nice really, i always wondered where the rest of hammer went. I know it was a terrible plan to not drop in right above the target, but still.
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EluneEruanne Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I love how Samara kills the husk like I'm-seeing-something-intersting-don't-interrupt without truly looking.

I love the model and the idea of the hanar ship. Jepp, and don't trust the rreapers, they are mean und tricky bastards and very good strategist.

Glad you spoke again, I was worried.

Greetings!
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Marudia45 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Hey Koob, just discovered it recently, but maybe you already have heard about it, but what do you think about the MEHEM Mod created by MrFob?

In your Article "The Leviathan and the Death of Hope" you wrote about the emotional theme of hope, that was present throughout the whole series from ME 1 right till before the ending. Because I had seen it the same way as you, I think this mod really fixes the ending at least for me, even better when MrFob will polish it a little bit more, but even now I think it does a very good job.

I´m still a big fan of your Story, because the epic level is a lot bigger and because all of my crew members are there!!

But for ingame, I think this mod will ease the pain a lot of players who had grieved by the original and EC ending.

So what´s your opinion about it? If you have not seen it yet, just search for MEHEM in the Mass Effect Fan Creation forum on BSN or look at it on Youtube.
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athmystikal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Modders around the world are making good progress on new tools to mod ME3. Soon we might be able to realize Marauder Shields within the game. It will take a lot of time, effort and men. But possible.

BTW, Mass Effect 4 is confirmed by BioWare. Interestingly, BioWare Montreal is heading the development instead of Edmonton. But Casey is still in charge.
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Marudia45 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Well an MS Edition Mod would indeed be cool.

And ME 4 ... well we´ll see what´s going to happen there. Maybe they learned something, maybe not. But I will be cautious around any piece of information for this matter.
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leon9130 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Guess he is torturing us with awesome but not climatic episodes... so the hit of the real epic ones will be even harder. Though it's hard to imagine the pain of a series of epic episodes connected to each other...the waiting will be childhood's Christmas 1000 times worse
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XEBES Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to see you still at it koobs! I'm locked in and ready for the next issue!
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I'm super-excited for the next episode right now :) and the best thing is: it's said to be published during the next two days, if I didn't lose count :D Koobs, despite the last episodes not being that awesome, I'm awaiting the next installment impatiently. I'm sure it will be epic, and I'm curious to see what is going to happen in the midseason finale. Gotta be something huge...but right now, clues are all I've got.
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Chrispynutt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Ok thats something I have always wanted to see, A Hanar ship. Nice.
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FusionMetroid Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just had a massive catch up and I. Am. Excited!!
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ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, but I still wonder where the story is headed.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
It is progressing to the end I created in accordance to the timeline I established. ;)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I'm starting to lose faith in the direction of the story myself. This is the 2nd time, just as of recently that he's showing allied forces being waste, and not even by reapers themselves, but by their minor minions.

Can't say I will tolerate Strike Three, should it come.

To think, you wouldn't see this crap coming afterr Episode 29.
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ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im havn't lost any faith in the stories direction yet, I'm just curious as to what sort of endgame this is all leading up too.
(Wherever it leads up too, it will definitly be better than the real ending of Mass Effect 3)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
True, the question is, by how much?
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ObsidianGrey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that really is the question to ask.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
If you won't tolerate "strike three" then you don't - I am fully aware and have nothing against some of our readers disliking certain parts of this story, even if it leads them to just dropping it and moving on to something different. I actually think we'll be seeing more and more of that as the story progresses, since more and more people will start to realize that this isn't exactly playing out like they expected it to (some will love it, some won't).

I completely disagree with what you're saying about allied forces. I dislike showcasing a war without casualties and pretending "we're macho" in moments that I feel shouldn't play out like that - so, yeah, crucial resources are "wasted", in a very self-aware and planned way. It is the last stand of the galaxy, and people tend to die during last stands. I'm okay with you disliking that, but it's one of the things I have planned for and would be expecting of such a story myself.

Why wouldn't you see human casualties after Episode 29?
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Put simply, a force that can not handle occulii or husks, is a force that certainly can not handle reapers. Not saying casualties wouldn't exist.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Because war is a set of paper-rock-scissors (with numbered values assigned to units, like in strategy games) and not an utter chaos in which surprise tactics, superior numbers, and the enemy's downing morale give you an upper hand? ;)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
No, because war is set of stuff like "Planet Destroying Turian Bomb can kill reapers, as can Thanix Cannons, etc."

Come on dude, I'm not saying surprise tactics weren't part of it, but they continued losing after the initial assault and barely got one of them. I shouldn't have to explain it down to that detail.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
And yet the canon established the Reapers to be way more powerful than you expect. I'm not saying it's the best way to go about it, I'm saying it's the way it was established by ME3, which I consider my starting point. ;) You don't have to explain it in detail - I understand. But what you're suggesting is just ignoring a vast part of ME3 without a proper explanation or build-up. It's just a switch between "they kick our asses" (ME3) to "we kicked their asses" (what you'd expect from MS). I'd rather go the long way, showing how the balance of power shifts due to actual events. ;)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Yes but ME3 also established that allied forces can at least win against occulii and husks.
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
That's close to my own issue I have with the story right know. It is everything but focussed...I'm wondering whether or not this will change from now on, knowing we will reach midseason finale soon...I have a clue where this is headed, so I have still lots of faith that the resolvement of the story is pure awesomeness, BUT if these episodes keep drifting more and more apart from what actually is the point of this thing, namely the fate of humanity and shepard's team, a great revelation at the end won't change much. If he continues to stick with this kind of narrative, he might even lose some of his most enthusiastic fans and readers ... :/
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Eh.

It's as focused as it has been in the beginning, as it's been pretty much planned out like this since I started writing this. ;) I mean, you may think it sucks, you may think it takes too much time, etc. but it's still the way it was supposed to be according to my plan, you just didn't know that previously, truth be told (same as you don't know where this will all lead to - as you don't see the whole picture yet).

There are exactly 22 arcs in play right now, with 17 being in the "game" since the first batch of episodes (the first "cycle" of characters). You shouldn't expect this to change via the mid-season finale, as this hasn't changed at all from the very beginning - the multi-perspective, multi-POV, all-plotholes-accounted-for approach is what I chose at day one and followed with mathematical scrutiny.

Some readers will of course be lost, as you say (as we did loose some over the reveal of what's underneath London, over Jack becoming the "Biotic Storm", over the Crucible being revealed as a trap, over Nihlus returning from the void - it's pretty natural), others gained as the story reveals more and more of its background info (as it does right now - again, some people actually jumped into the comic when some of the aforementioned revelations were made) - this is all accounted for and expected. ;) This is what I mean: I can't guarantee you'll like where this is going or what path towards the goal it will follow. I can guarantee I've thought long and hard about the destination and how to get there, and this series is a result of that. Whether you'll think it sucks or win big time is up to you.
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
However, if you say each and every episode is necessary, I'm totally fine with that. As I stated previously, I see the level of excitement dropped significantly during the last two episodes. However, if you say they are important to the plot, then again I'm fine with it. It's not I didn't like them, and Plan B was awesome as a set-up, but again, I consider it more like being a set-up, not a big-deal-episode. A set-up for the midseason finale, of course; since you know where the story is headed, you might see it in a different way. It were those little pieces gaining as nothing than set-ups that bothered me. But then again, I trust you, Koobs. Whatever you make out of this I'm pretty sure will be awesome in the end. Now, from a writer's perspective, I know what you are doing here. Again, if the story was published at once, I wouldn't have any issue with this style, because if you read those set-ups, you would learn soon after where it is going. That's not the case here; however, the lack of popular characters (in action; jacob, vega and samara had only small panels) is a problem for me. Your POV changes permanently. The "Plan B" episode, as I said in the comments over there, was the most confusing up to now. If you want to introduce Irving, why not by letting him actually do something? Of course he is indoctrinated, but we don't learn anything about his plans. Who is he? What is his purpose in this story? The 'greater plan'?
The character you introduced doesn't seem to have any use other than explain why Hackett didn't aboard the mission asap. A counterpart, but he isn't capable of doing anything to Hackett. At least not as it is shown in the already published episodes.

And as much as I like Hackett, our hopes are with Shepard. I know he can't win this alone, but he gotta try. I'm counting on you reviving him at some point, bringing him back to battle or at least let him have some kind of decision. Mass Effect was always about the background story of the characters, and the relationships between each of them. If it wasn't for the protagonists, ME wouldn't be as successful. So it's only natural we want to see more of those characters we grew to like. I understand you need to change your POV, it's just confusing how frequently you do it. And again, if that's what the story needs, I'll be fine with it in the end. Right now, it's getting a little annoying, but I'm sure you'll make something out of it and I'll stay faithful until the very last revelation. And then, I shall state my opinion again. I'm aware this shall not be judged until it's finished, so I won't judge it as a whole thing. I will however continue to give my opinion on each episode as an out-of-context standalone artwork. And neither ep.35 nor ep.36 nor ep.37 really were something you could read out-of-context, you know, just as it was, without having serious issues with understanding it or not knowing what it's about. The only thing which makes this comic series interesting is that we'll get an ending worthy of the characters and the universe, so what actually does interest me are the characters and the fate of the universe as a whole, and the reason why I love reading your comics is because that's exactly what we'll get here. But I'll say the last two episodes were only readable because I'm counting on Shepard being revived some time soon and because I know set-ups will be necessary for what is yet to come.

Again, don't get me wrong. I don't think any of your episodes sucked. Not at all, not even close to 'being bad'. I love and appreciate your work if there is anyone to do so. I just don't like every single thing you did with the series. I do, however, appreciate most of it. I won't stop reading these comics. They are the best chance of making ME playable again, as I already stated repeatedly. I just wished we would get more than set-ups from time to time, and thus, I'm super-excited to finally get to the midseason finale. I'm sure the story 'is going places', as you said. I'm excited to see this happening as well.
You are an awesome artist, Koobs, with a unique style of telling a story; it just doesn't work equivalently well for me at all times; sometimes, it then feels stretched or unnecessary. But if you say it is neither, then I'm curious about what you have planned for it.

Make the best out of it. I have always been a loyal reader and a fan of your work since around ep. 10, so this won't change just because I didn't like the last two episodes as much as I liked the previous ones. Personally, I loved the Thorian episode, however, you might guess it, Jana's POV was problematic for me. Since this is an alternative ending to a videogame, I expect it to work in the terms of one. I couldn't see how it would work ingame. I couldn't even imagine how it would work as a real comic. However, the episode was too epic to criticize it.
The atmosphere in your comics is awesome, too. I won't lie about that, you simply got the ME spirit right for me and are able to use it for your work. Again, I didn't not like the last two episodes as much.

However, Koobs, it won't be easy to get rid of me ;)
I'll stay faithful and true to your work. And there are few people on the internet whom I do not know personally and respect more than I do respect you. The logic you apply works great, and you are a master on getting the most out of the ME's trilogy's plot. There is no reason why those comics shouldn't be the most awesome thing on the internet as soon as they are finished, I'm counting on it. If the whole thing is done, it will likely be easier to accept some episodes are just not as thrilling.

Again, to be clear: Your work is above any other fan art I have ever seen. You clearly are the best to do this, apparently better than anyone left at BioWare. Thus, I shall trust you will manage to create a worthy ending. I know what should matter is the story itself, but I ultimately do care for a better ending and not so much about what happens around it. Which is, I admit, strange. Come to think about it, it's actually weird because I always cared for a good story. However, there is nothing I judge as severe as an unlogical and forced ending. Especially if it's completely out-of-context.
I'll say once more how happy I am this story is in your hands now. Make the best out of it, please. I trust you giving it the ending it deserved, making it worth the read for anyone who still cares for Mass Effect. Therefore, I'll patiently, gladly await the midseason finale and everything that is yet to be revealed. Awesome plot twists ahead? Count me in!

I love your work, Koobs. The last two episodes not so much, but then again, maybe I'll grow to like them as soon as their whole purpose is revealed. And... I didn't care much about the dreams. I never liked dreams in a narrative, so I kept ignoring them if only the story didn't force me to actually read and accept it as a part of the main story arc (visions for exmaple). However, it's awesome you fixed the issue you had with it, although it wouldn't have been necessary for me.
What I do hope for is, as I mentioned two times already, an explanation on how Shepard was isolated from the whole team and how they lost each other during the battle. I suppose it's not a big deal, but it keeps bothering me since the hybrid drone found Shepard's body. Since you didn't react on my question, I hope this implies you do not want to spoiler it :D
Hm, and if you don't cover this aspect, I'll make up a small story on how this happened on my own; shouldn't be too difficult, aye? :)

Alright, Koobs, back to business then. I'm awaiting the next episodes with permanently growing curiosity.
Again, there are few people on the internet I respect more than I do respect you. Please keep that in mind if I should sound offensive in any of my future comments. It's not what I want to express. However, it's possible I use a wrong expression or phrase at some point and thus change the meaning of what I wanted to say or not getting my point across. It's not my fault, I swear! It's the language!! :D
Otherwise, I wish you all the best. Keep up your awesome work. I'll accompany you on this journey :)

As always, I'll hold the line.

P.S.: By the Godess, what a huge comment Oo sorry for that. And sorry if I tend to repeat me at some point, I just don't have the time to correct it right now. And I don't want to have you wait for a reply too long. Thus, I'll leave it as it is. I hope it's not full of mistakes and I did get my point across. Would've been far easier in german, I suppose. But ah well, never mind ;)
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Demyu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I wouldn't bother about level of excitement right now. It's just a start, there's a new plot at every other page of this comic. And its level of excitement and epicness is over 9000 already! As I see it, all these plots will come together in a second half of the comic and tie into a sole point of singularity, with a big bang all the way around. I certainly expect losses, but I believe nobody will be lost in vain, and ultimate sacrifices will lead this war to an epic and glorious end.

What's (kinda) bothering me, though, is a total blackout on that announcement Jeff mentioned.
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I'm sure it will go down in an epic thunderstorm!! :) I'm really looking forward to it. As you said, it will sure be awesome. I don't really bother about the level of excitement, it was just a statement, an impression :)
And hopefully there will be some losses. Awesome stories always have sacrifices ;)
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Exactly, I like koob, but if he wants to do this sort of thing, he needs to just be honest about it and stop stringing us along.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Honest about what? Where am I dishonest?

Seriously, dude, you disliking what I'm doing is fine and dandy, you saying I'm not honest about it is just confusing...
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I think you misunderstand. I said [b]if[/b] you like the "OMG CAN'T BEAT THE REAPERS!!!" thing in ME3, I'm fine with that, but that you should come out and say it.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Ummm. How about you wait three more episodes before making assumptions about my preferences and whether or not I'm being "dishonest". ;) ME3 made a direct statement about the power of the Reapers, and - as said - I'm not just retconning stuff from ME3, I'm taking twists on that. ;) In case you're wondering, I am a fan of the Refuse take on the ending, I am *not* a fan of just announcing that 70% of the things said about the Reapers in ME3 is untrue. If you can stomach that, you might be in for a nice surprise. If not, you'll be disappointed with this series and myself...
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Yes, but there are ways you can show them losing without retconning anything.
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Vestua Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I think he meant he wants you to be straight to the point with things instead of drawing them out and causing anticipation.
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I don't understand this statement either, although I agreed on what he said in the first place. Maybe you could explain what you mean by that, Mr. Marauder "hold the line" Shields? :3
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CrulLovetroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
And by that, I don't mean him saying he is losing faith in the story and won't tolerate a strike 3. Oh god, why do I even write ANYTHING before taking a shower?
I agreed on what I sort of read out of his comment. So I do agree on my former opinion. Ah, blast it, I'm going to have a shower now. I shall be silent until I'm fully awakened. ^^
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AEigner Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing artwork in this one! Always a pleasure to read.
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kingpinsrevenge Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Enjoyed the episode and especially the hanar fighter, like seeing minor races expanded in lore, although i probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn't keep thinking how close we are to mid season finale; all in all a good kind of impatience :)
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TashashFengirl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Do not use the Crucible - REPEAT, DO NOT!!!!

I might be missing something here...The Reapers want the Crucuble activated, so why are Collector tech 'Eyes' attacking them?
It's entierly possible I'm missing something....

Anyway - Yay for kick-ass Hanar tech! And Vega calling Samara 'Broody' - I like that! And her expression as she's casually Bio-frying that Banshee(?).
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embracedestruction Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
They weren't attack as they passed the Crucible, now that they are clear they are attacking. At least that's how I saw it
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athmystikal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I think Vega is calling Javik 'Broody'.
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TashashFengirl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*Re-reads*............Oh Gods above and below *facepalms*

Sometimes I wonder if my brain actually works.
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space-paranoids Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, koobismo. I tried winning someone over into reading your comic. He's one of those people that liked the Extended Cut and believes that nothing else can top the writing of the Extended Cut, not even fan fiction. So I told him about the Marauder Shields comics. His response? "While I admit that I viewed it as something that started off as a joke, it's nice to see it becoming serious now. However, I have no interest in reading them and am satisfied with how the Extended Cut came out. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and mine is that the Extended Cut was good."

Well, I tried. I guess some people out there really have poor taste in writing, but I digress. I personally still come back here wanting for more and can't wait to see how everything will come in full circle! I also definitely loved Samar's entrance in this episode.
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Demyu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
You know what's the sad part for me? Seeing those who disliked original ending and then liked the EC. I can't get my mind over it, it looks strange, to say the least. Looks like cheap cop-out. Damn, when I've been watching Angry Joe's take on EC, I was like "Whaaaat? o_O" It was all like "they fixed this, the fixed that", and the only question I had was "Fixed? Really? Are you f***ing kidding me???"

It's really strange that crap with a sugar topping on it isn't a crap anymore for a whole lot of people.
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space-paranoids Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could understand why Angry Joe would like it; really, that guy's main complaint was the lack of closure. That's what people were mostly upset about; include me in that mix. So plenty of us were happy to see some closure in the EC despite the Starkid's logic not making sense. We didn't care, just as long as we finally got peace on the subject of Earth and the rest of the galaxy not going extinct. I mean, the EC pretty much changed how the Mass relays got blasted. They were destroyed, somewhat, but it wasn't enough to put the entire galaxy into annihilation and make the culmination of our choices moot.

So I, along with the rest that liked the EC, were fine with it for a while (plus...BABIES. KROGAN BABIES, HOW CAN YOU NOT I CAN'T EVEN....and ZAEED OMG ZAEED CHILLIN' LIKE A BADASS IN HIS RETIRMENT...yeah you get the point).

And then the Leviathan DLC came out, and after I finished it, I didn't realize until now how much I really, really hated the Starkid's logic.

I think the DLC made the explanations a lot worse. Starkid really just needs to go. The primary theme of Mass Effect was never about synthetics vs. organics because that was already resolved in the Rannoch arc. I felt like the peace I made between the geth & quarians was made in vain because of the Starkid's logic. The theme of Mass Effect has always been about uniting against all odds and overcoming the Reapers through the Power of Friendship and Galactic Unity™. It's the unity that should have been able to defeat the reapers, because no other previous cycle has been able to genuinely unite the galaxy in order to defeat them. People say you can't defeat the reapers through conventional means...IMHO, a galaxy united is unconventional.

From now on, I dash-quit whenever I have to face the Starbrat and replace his audio with Harbinger on YouTube or whatever. Then I continue on with the Extended Cut that way...makes everything a lot better.

And then I catch up with the Marauder Shields comics after wards because ever since reading these comics, I have been let down with Priority: Earth and what could have been...*sigh*
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Demyu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Oh. Closure. Got it. Glad it was enough for all those people. For me it was loss of any logic, storytelling quality and character consistency, and, later, "vocal minority consisting of whiny entitled kids" part. Sorry it didn't work out for you in the long run *checks BSN* and it seems you're not alone on that matter.
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MarauderShieldsVG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Eh, it's just his opinion. I disagree, but he has a right to it.
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HDReaper Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
James faces in the last panel is epic. Still looking forward to Hacketts spaech it better do him justis.
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