I disliked the ending of Mass Effect 3
. Giving my precise opinion of it would take an entire separate review, but to put it briefly, it was confusing, railroaded, and lacked adequate foreshadowing. Like many other people, I found myself drawn to various alternate-ending Fix Fics
, most notably "koobismo"'s webcomic Marauder Shields
Over the course of the year, however, I gradually found myself growing more and more discontented with Marauder Shields
even as the praise for it grew more and more extravagant. As of today, I've effectively abandoned reading it altogether. I'm not trying to make anyone else do the same, but given the existence of all that praise, I felt that I ought to explain just what it was that I found so problematic about Marauder Shields
that it drove me to the rare decision to completely give up on a series I once enjoyed.
It would be remiss of me to explain why I stopped reading Marauder Shields
without explaining why I started reading it in the first place, and make no mistake: there are a lot of reasons to like this comic. Marauder Shields
is much, much better written then the average fanfic (especially the average Fix Fic
). The storyline is well-constructed and paced, and the Codex entries at the end of most strips add a lot - to someone like me with an interest in setting and backstory, they might even be the best part. The art is generally fantastic and in keeping with the style of the parent series - I'd say it looks much more like Mass Effect
than any of the official comics ever did. The author, "koobismo", has also shown a willingness to listen to criticism that is somewhat rare both in the fanfiction community as a whole and among authors who are as wildly praised as he is. The comic, in short, is a very "classy" production.
However, all of the creative talent behind Marauder Shields
- at least as far as I'm concerned - is ultimately unable to overcome its major problem: the premise. By that, I refer to two things. One is the nature and backstory of the title character. It's entertainingly done and has a fair bit of justification done, but ultimately there is nothing that can convince me that Nihlus-Kryik-as-sapient-turian-husk is a plausible plot twist in a series that claims