Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by Marc Laming
Colors by Ian Herring
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 07/02/2014
This week brings the latest chapter of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell saga, with the release of Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 from Dynamite Comics. Written by Nathan Edmondson (The Punisher, Black Widow) and illustrated by Marc Laming (Kings Watch), the story is set between the ‘Splinter Cell Conviction’ and ‘Splinter Cell Blacklist’ video games from UBISOFT.
It’s been years since I’ve played a ‘Splinter Cell’ game and have never read any of the graphic novel interpretations of the game. Quite honestly, my expectations for this comic were extremely low. As he is in the above mentioned games, Sam Fisher is the main protagonist in this series, and although his character and some of the supporting cast may be well-known to many, from the perspective of someone who was not very familiar with this group, it worked really well as an original story that should be enjoyed by both fans of the game and comic book readers in general.
Issue one grabs you quickly as it begins with a brutal display of violence before jumping back just over two weeks to Falls Church, Virginia and the home of Fisher. Here we get to see a more personal side of him as he shares a moment with his daughter. The story quickly progresses though as the scene shifts to Batumi, Georgia where we see a group training camp for the known terrorist organization KROWE. We are also introduced to a mysterious woman who appears to be from a group that is funding the terrorists (or at the least she is working for them) and sets out to lead KROWE in a frightening new direction. Meanwhile Fisher, who is still haunted by memories from past jobs, struggles to adjust to “retired” life and is quickly presented with an opportunity to get back in the game, a dangerous one that seems destined to lead him directly to a confrontation with KROWE.
Laming does a fantastic job capturing the feel of this issue, especially with the detail of the blood splatter during the torture sequence. His dark and ominous illustrations are superb. Edmondson sets up this story brilliantly with an intriguing storyline that cleverly and quickly introduces new readers to the Splinter Cell world by immediately immersing us in this action-packed tale. Needless to say, my expectations were exceeded.
REVIEW: TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: ECHOES #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
Strong story and illustrations, creative team on top of their game.
Could use a bit more character development for new fans.