As a long time fan of the Assassins Creed franchise, it was nice to see one of my favorite characters return. Assassin’s Creed: Reflections Memory 1 is a simple, elegant tale of how Ezio came to meet the woman portrayed in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
We learn of a bigger plot forming, with an Obstergo big wig choosing to dive into the memories of past assassins to learn his enemy’s weaknesses. “To know your enemy, you must become your enemy.”
This is more of a light-hearted issue. We know that Obstergo is planning something, obviously, but we are weaned into the story arc. We see Ezio visit his long time friend, Da Vinci, on his death bed where we learn that Ezio and the woman in Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa actually knew each other. For me, it was a nice piece of lore that just made me like Ezio’s character even more.
The art style is simple and reminds me of Disney story boards. Movies like Disney’s Atlantis come to mind while your eyes look over the colorful images of Ezio stabbing dudes in the neck with his hidden blade. I appreciate the art style, it comes off fluid and elegant.
Overall this was a fun first issue. It can stand independent from the games, for people that haven’t played Assassins Creed, or it stands as a nice piece of backstory for people who know Ezio well from the trilogy. I mean really, who hasn’t played those games by now? While we aren’t given a ton of information as to what Obstergo is planning, you’re left with a nice cliff hanger that makes you want to continue the story. Just a shot in the dark here, but my money is on some form of world domination.