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Tokyopop Announces its Assassin’s Creed Manhua Details

After the reveal of Free Comic Book Day 2021’s gold title lineup, Tokyopop has announced initial release information regarding their Assassin’s Creed Dynasty and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers titles, selected as a combination title for the annual event. Combining two original stories set in the world of Assassin’s Creed, the free comic release will include a sampling of each title.

Assassin’s Creed is an action role-playing video game series developed and published by Ubisoft® that follows the ongoing conflict between the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order throughout various moments in history around the world. Established as one of the best-selling video game series of all time, every Assassin’s Creed game is set in a new era, with a fictional exploration of important historical touchstones across various cultures.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers is a manhua by Feng Zi Su set in the same world as the most recent game release, following new characters in the Viking invasion of England in the 9th century.

Not long before the exploits of Eivor Wolf-Kissed, Jarl Stensson and his sons, Ulf and Björn, make their way to England at the behest of Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless. Filled with excitement, confidence and bloodlust, the three vikings are eager to go to war against Aelfred the Great and his Anglo Saxon army. But they would do well not to underestimate what awaits them on those green shores…

Told in one complete volume, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Blood Brothers can be read chapter by chapter exclusively on the INKR digital platform from April 2021, with the full digital volume available in June 2021, and the print edition scheduled for August 2022.

Assassin’s Creed Dynasty is an original story set in ancient China, created by Xu Xian Zhe.

In the 14th year of the Tianbao Era (CE 755) An Lushan, a military governor with ties to the Knights Templar, leads his elite corps to rebel against the Tang Dynasty, and the ill-prepared Tang empire falters under the threat. The two capitals Luoyang and Chang’an fall and China falls under the oppression of the cruel An Lushan.

As the Tang dynasty starts to crumble, Li E, a shady Assassin trained by the Hidden Ones in the far West, teams up with Tang loyalists to turn the tide and save both the dynasty and the country from this crisis.

Released as five volumes through 2021 and into 2022, Assassin’s Creed Dynasty can be read chapter by chapter exclusively on the INKR digital platform from May 2021, with the first full volume to be released digitally from September 2021, and the print edition scheduled for January 2022. An initial release calendar for the first two volumes can be found below.

Early Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Volume 2

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Volume 2

Writer: Guillaume Dorison
Artists: Ennio Bufi
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 48pp, $9.99, £8.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781787734593

Tomo, one of the youngest members of the Japanese Assassin cell, has uncovered a conspiracy. In this thrilling sequel, what secrets will Tomo uncover in his ancestor’s memories? What horrific experiments took place secretly during the Vietnam War?

Assassin's Creed: Bloodstone Volume 2

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Origins Deluxe Edition

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Deluxe Edition

(W) Anne Toole (A) PJ Kaiowa (CA) Toni Infante
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $19.99

Special Edition of direct tie-in to the bestselling videogame, Assassin’s Creed Origins featuring never-before-seen exclusive content.

Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark secrets and forgotten myths as we journey to the very beginnings of the Assassin Brotherhood and beyond!

Assassin's Creed: Origins Deluxe Edition

Dark Horse Presents The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Dark Horse Books and Ubisoft present The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the official art book of the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. Available this holiday 2020, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players a captivating Viking experience in a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a masterfully designed oversized hardcover art book that invites the reader on a visual journey through the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: a world defined by the harsh beauty of Viking life, rich with fascinating characters and breathtaking landscapes. The book offers an insider’s look at the immersive art direction of the game, through an exhaustive collection of never-before-seen concept art, production material, and creator commentary. Readers will explore the visual development of the game’s stunning environments, intricate characters, props, and weapons designs.

Dark Horse is also proud to reveal The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Deluxe Edition, a limited edition that includes an exclusive cover, a decorative slipcase, and a gallery-quality lithograph art print. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition will be hitting shelves later this year timed with the release of the game.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. At nearly 200 pages, the Standard Edition will retail for $39.99 and the Deluxe Edition will retail for $79.99.


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Review: Assassin’s Creed Vol. 1 Bloodstone

Assassin's Creed Vol. 1 Bloodstone

There is something so resonant about Oliver Stone’s movies. He usually has something to say with each of them. Many of his contemporaries choose to explore subjects closer to home, or even fantastical, he chooses to look hard into uncomfortable spaces. Much of what he looks at is both unnerving and introspective. His contemporaries like De Palma and Coppola look for escapism or what they see as real people. He speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves.

His movies peer into subject matters that speak for the scarred veteran whose wounds are both external and internal as in Born On The 4Th Of July.  Then there is the actual war effort, where many young men, still trying to figure out their way in the world, often are confronted with life and death choices as was seen in Full Metal Jacket. There was always a truth to be found in all of his movies, something many young filmmakers strive to look for. In a tale told in the same setting as many of Stone’s movies are, we find a young assassin looking for truth in the place of his fallen brethren in the Vietnam War in the story, Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone.

We meet Tomo, a young man in 2000, where his father is the leader of the guild in Kyushu , Japan, and the Templars has just suffered a betrayal by one of its own, making every Templar leader both cautious and fortified to face what threats may come. They are attacked by the scorned Templar, taking out dozens of their people, forcing Tomo and his father to flee for safety. Fast forward to 2017, and Tomo is undercover with the Yakuza trying to trace the scorned templar, Maxime Gorm, who seems to be hiding in Switzerland. Tomo heads to Switzerland, where he finds Elisa Adler, Gorman’s daughter and maybe the answer to why they killed Tomo’s mother.  Soon the trail that Tomo is following leads him to some secret CIA operations during the Vietnam War, where they were working a mind-control machine based on ancient artifacts.  He soon finds out through a memory machine that the Templars use, that not everything as was written is what it seems, and as he continues to use it, he delves into the minds and memories of Templars past, especially those who were on the Bloodstone mission. As we find out that the mission became bigger than the people they worked for, eventually killing a President as part of the mission. By story’s end, Tomo gets close to Gorm, but leaves him for dead and looks to use the same memory revival technology to bring back more Templars.

Overall, an action-packed thriller that feels like a cross between Homecoming and Homeland. The story Guillaume Dorison is enthralling and well developed. The art by Ennio Bufi is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that shows sins of the past sometimes finds their way to the present.

Story: Guillaume Dorison Art: Ennio Bufi
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Vol. 1

Assassin’s Creed: Bloodstone Vol. 1

Author(s): Guillaume Dorison
Artist(s): Ennio Bufi
Cover Artist(s): Ennio Bufi

The secret struggle between Assassins and Templars hits the Vietnam War! Part one of a new thriller set in the world of Assassin’s Creed, from Guillaume Dorison (Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracies, Devil May Cry) and artist Ennio Bufi (They Made History). When a Japanese hacker discovers a massive Templar data leak, his investigation leads him to relive the memories of a Assassin cell operating in the depths of ‘Nam…!

Assassins Creed: Bloodstone Vol. 1

Preview: Assassins Creed: The Fall & The Chain TP

Assassins Creed: The Fall & The Chain TP

Author(s): Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl
Artist(s): Cameron Stewart, Karl Kerschl

Collected for the first time, an original Assassin’s Creed story from the Eisner-and-Shuster-Award-winning artist/writer team of Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl. Dive into 19th-century Russia with assassin Nikolai Orelov, in an explosive thriller that reveals the truth behind the Tunguska Event, the Templar links to the Russian Tsar, and the secrets of Abstergo! Collects Assassin’s Creed: The Fall and Assassin’s Creed: The Chain.

Assassins Creed: The Fall & The Chain TP

Titan Comics Reveals a New Assassin’s Creed Collection!

Titan Comics has announced a brand-new comic set in the world of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Assassin’s Creed franchise – Assassin’s Creed®: The Fall & The Chain. Helmed by the phenomenal creative team of Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl, Titan’s latest collection will hit bookshelves and comic shops in October 2019.

Based on the video game series by Ubisoft that sold millions worldwide, this sensational new graphic novel will tap deeper into Assassin’s Creed lore as fans witness the rise and fall of a new assassin in a brand-new location, Russia, where “nothing is true, everything is permitted”.

In Assassin’s Creed®: The Fall & The Chain, Daniel Cross has vivid hallucinations of a past life; that of Nicolai Orelov, a Russian Assassin living in the early 20th Century, and his son Innokenti. Titan’s new collection tells of Daniel’s rise and fall through the ranks of the Assassin Brotherhood, and his subsequent rise through the ranks of the insidious Templars.

Assassin’s Creed: The Fall & The Chain hits stores and digital platforms in October 2019 and is available for order from the May edition of PREVIEWS.

Assassin’s Creed: The Fall & The Chain

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracies

ASSASSIN’S CREED: CONSPIRACIES

Writer: Guillaume Dorison
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Hostache
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 104pp, $16.99, £13.99
On sale: December 18, 2018
ISBN: 9781785867194

A new era – a new adventure – a new Assassin! Europe, World War II. On the sidelines of the race for the atomic bomb, discover the story of Eddie Gorm and his integration into the Assassin Brotherhood while he infiltrates the Templars to foil their plan to create a devastating weapon.

Eddie Gorm is the boss of the docks and his only obsession is to run his small business. For this, the docker does not shrink from anything: diversion of military rations, traffic of alcohol and settling of account in the district of the East End.

The war? The Nazis? This is the problem of others.

Except that when death knocks on his door, he has no choice: only man to save the world from atomic horror, Eddie finds himself propelled despite himself in the midst of a millennial conflict between the Order of Templars and the Brotherhood of Assassins.

ASSASSIN’S CREED: CONSPIRACIES

Preview: Assassin’s Creed: Origins

ASSASSIN’S CREED: ORIGINS

Writers: Anthony Del Col
Artist: P. J. Kaiowa
Publisher: Titan Comics
112pp, $16.99, On sale October 23, 2018

Bear witness the inception of the Assassin Brotherhood in a brand new comic series spinning out of Ubisoft’s upcoming new release Assassin’s Creed Origins. Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark secrets and forgotten myths as we journey to the very beginnings of the Assassin Brotherhood and beyond!

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