Sea of Thieves is Rare’s latest big hit which throws players into a world of pirate shenanigans. As they embark on the titular Sea of Thieves they have the freedom to do whatever they wish. As an open world sandbox game there’s very little in the way of story, so when Titan Comics announced that they’d be releasing a comic book, I was intrigued to see how they managed to dig up a story from a game which has none.
Sea of Thieves #1 introduces us to two siblings who are on the hunt for their fathers lost treasure, however these two couldn’t be more polar opposites. The story begins by introducing us to the first sibling, the suave and well-dressed De Marco Singh, and potential crew mate Rin Arai who reluctantly joins De Marco on this journey after he bamboozled her out of gold but promises their next adventure will be the biggest score ever. Provided he can prove to one of his father’s ex-crew that he is his father’s son.
The story begins in De Marco’s father’s tavern The Unfired Pistol where we’re also introduced to two other of the series’ characters, the quick-witted and light fingered Alessia St. Marina and her crew mate Mele Silvertongue who, while waiting for their captain, hustle the tavern patrons out of their gold. Things quickly go awry when Rin calls Mele out for being a liar and all hell breaks loose.
Meanwhile De Marco’s sister, Lesedi Singh, is meeting with her father’s ex-crew mate to get the coveted treasure map that’ll lead them to The Sea of Thieves. Of course, De Marco turns up late and the two bump into each other in a bitter exchanging of words and unbeknown to De Marco, Lesedi swiped his father’s compass from his pocket.
Lesedi walks into the brawl that’s well under way, swipes her crew mates, and books it out of there.
Due to losing his compass De Marco cannot prove that he is his father’s son so he leaves empty handed and with vengeance on his mind. Due to the earlier mishap, Lesedi and her crew decide to ditch Mele from their crew due to being a little too loose with her tongue and replaces her with a cursed doctor.
So far, so good. While there was a hell of a lot going on in Sea of Thieves #1, writer Jeremy Whitley does a fantastic job of character development in such a short amount of time. You quickly understand that De Marco is more concerned about his looks and reputation than actually doing a job right, and that the rest of the story will see him being propped up by his crew.
Lesedi on the other hand is a ruthless pirate who cares little for comradery and more about the matter at hand: recovering her father’s treasure. But is this going to bite her in the ass in the following issues?
Overall Sea of Thieves #1 is a fantastic way to engross yourself into the game’s world, especially while we wait for Rare to actually introduce some more, compelling content into the game. The art style is also suiting of a pirate-themed adventure, and while none of the characters actively appear in the game, the game’s charm has certainly been inked on the pages. My only gripe with the comic is that the layout of the dialogue can be slightly difficult to follow.
If you’re a fan of Sea of Thieves, the comic is definitely a great way to get even more. Sea of Thieves #1 is available now in all good book stores.