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Mass Effect: Redemption is a four-issue comic series published by Dark Horse Comics in 2010. It was written by Mass Effect trilogy lead writer Mac Walters, scripted by John Jackson Miller, and drawn by Omar Francia. It takes place after the prologue of Mass Effect 2 and covers Liara's quest to recover Shepard's body from the Shadow Broker.


Mass Effect: Redemption contains the following tropes:

  • Actually a Doombot: At one point, Liara finds and shoots what she thinks is the Shadow Broker only to discover that she actually shot a humanoid-shaped communications device/body double.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Liara recovers Shepard's body, but Tazzik manages to capture Feron. Liara then gives the body to Cerberus, in the hopes that they can revive Shepard. Liara isn't entirely pleased with her choice.
  • Big Bad: The Collector General, who wants Shepard's body for reasons no one quite knows, but they're definitely not good ones.
  • Defector from Decadence: Feron turns out to have been one of the Shadow Broker's agents, but he decided to help Liara recover Shepard's body because the Shadow Broker intended to sell the corpse to the Collectors, whom Feron despises.
  • The Dragon: The salarian assassin Tazzik is the Shadow Broker's chief agent in this story.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The Shaodw Broker is quick to remind people that he is everywhere at once. Harbinger himself is very quick to prove that this isn't true, not by a long shot.
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  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Reapers killed Commander Shepard prior to the comic's beginning (as per the events of the second game's opening) and employ the Shadow Broker and friends to recover said Commander's body for their own reasons.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Feron sacrifices himself to let Liara rescue Shepard's body.
  • Living Macguffin: Living is a stretch, but Shepard's body and the race to see who takes possession of it drives the story forward.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This story is set between the events of Prologue: Save Joker and Prologue: Awakening, and explains exactly how Shepard went from dying over Alchera to waking up in a laboratory two years later.
  • Pretender Diss: The Shadow Broker falls victim to this at the hands of Harbinger, who mocks the Broker's attempts to "be everywhere at once", claiming to have already done so. Given that Video Game/Mass Effect 2 reveals that Harbinger can possess bodies, his statement holds a lot of weight.
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