Accipiter is the third book in the Assassin’s Creed mini-series and Desmond continues to search through the memories of his Roman ancestor, Aquilus.
From the beginning, Desmond’s mission was to explore the memories of his ancestors in order to find the mysterious Ankh, a mystical object crafted by a distant civilization with advance technologies. After losing his father Lucius, Aquilus finally gets his hands on the Ankh through assassinating Vultur, Roman senator and secret member of the Templar Order.
Unlike previous books, Accipiter’s main focus is on the ancestral timeline rather than the modern era. Pages of the book focusing on the modern era felt like Aquilus with Desmond performing over-the-top kills on Abstergo agents attempting to flush out the Assassins. In those moments, I felt like the story wasn’t making much sense. Abstergo clearly knew that the Assassins were hiding out in the Monteriggioni villa, but they only sent half a dozen guys. All of which were easily disposed of by Desmond and Lucy. Since this is there second attempt at capturing the Assassins, one would think that one of the largest and most powerful worldwide corporations send in enough men to successfully carry out their mission.
Like the Desmond and Aquilus, Accipiter closed with an interesting twist that will have fans anticipating the next book, Hawk. Initially, I felt uneasy with the changes made in the comic book compared to the video games, but Eric Corbeyran’s storytelling has made me overlook it completely and wonder which status-quo change they will bring forward in the next book.
Faces are still a disappointment to me but speech bubbles are better well places and action sequences are quite entertaining.
Over the course of three books, the Assassin’s Creed comic series has went from mediocre to a real edge-of-your-seat story. A high recommendation for every Assassin’s Creed fan.
[Note: A free copy of Assassin's Creed: Desmond, was provided for review by Titan Books]