BOOK REVIEW – Assassins Creed 4: Hawk

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Assassins Creed 4: Hawk by: Eric Corbeyran and Dijilall Defaux

Genre(s):  Comics, Graphic Novel

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Titan Books

Description: Jonathan Hawk has tagged in for Desmond Miles, who is on an urgent mission. Hawk is tasked with the search for the Scepter of Isis an powerful artifact from ancient Egypt, lost in time. Through his ancestor , El Cakr, Hawk will travel to Egypt (circa 1257) where the Scepter of Isis is possessed by the new Sultan. This mission is made infinitely more difficult by the fact that in the present day he is being pursued by Vernon Hest, a Templar agent of no small skill. 

Review: This is the first time these graphic novel have been printed in English and Titan books are just the right people to bring them to you. With the release of the first Assassin’s creed video game by Ubisoft, people have had an almost insatiable appetite for the world.  Tie-in graphic novels like this are a great way for fans of the franchise to get their fix without having to wait for the release of the next video game. This graphic novel is just what you would want and expect it to be. There is intrigue and action and they are all packed into just enough pages to satisfy your need for Creed without weighing you down in the process. The artwork really captures the spirit of Assassin’s Creed. There are plenty of wide open vistas that give the reader a sense of the stark beauty and enormous craftsmanship of the ancient Egyptians. There are plenty of angled shots that create a sense of height, distance, and plenty of tall spots for Hawk to “fly” off of. The dialogue is well written which not surprising, but let’s be honest. We read a graphic novel like this to get Assassin’s Creed, not some outsider’s interpretation of what it should be.

From an art lover’s standpoint, this graphic novel is landscape porn that reaches Tolkien levels. The Egyptian version of the assassin uniform is also amazing, though it did remind me a bit of some of the new superhero hoodies that are out these days. If you are a fan of the games then this is a must have. It is another cool installment into a video game that in many respects changed how we view video games today. This is worth your time, money and respect.

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