Comic Book Reviews – Assassin’s Creed #4 Hawk

The Assassins Creed universe isn’t just enjoyed in its original video-game format. The franchise is a huge success across books and also graphic novels! In this review, we take a look at Titan Book’s hardback ‘Assassin’s Creed Hawk’.

Hawk is the fourth graphic novel in the Assassin’s Creed comic book series and continues the story from the third novel, ‘Accipiter’. This story follows the brotherhood of Assassin’s Jonathon Hawk, a brotherhood member who isn’t in peak physical condition. He has been entrusted with one of Desmond Mile’s important  missions, which takes Hawk to Egypt. As his ancestor El Cakr, he attempts to track down the location of Piece of Eden #24, the Scepter of Aset and encounters the Templars on the way. The story revolves around Jonathon entering the animagus to become El Cakr to search for the Scepter, as it holds a true power to control people.

The novel appears to jump between 3 different entwining storylines quite erratically – current day Jonathon Hawk and his brotherhood management, El Cakr in Egypt and the Templars, who also have their eyes upon the Scepter of Aset. This way of portraying the story adds a confusing element that makes it difficult to feel for Jonathon and his ancestor – emotionally I felt more attached to El Cakr’s protege than himself.

The artwork is very pleasing – the background scenes are faded, almost washed with no ink, whereas characters and objects of scene-setting importance are inked as well as coloured. The novel is 48 pages long and will be continued in a further two graphic novels as part of a trilogy – just like the ‘Ankh of Isis’ trilogy, the first three graphic novels in the Assassin’s Creed comic book series.

Assassins Creed Hawk

The  price point is quite expensive for a novel of this size, at an RRP of US $9.99, CAN $11.99 or UK £8.99 although as we mentioned earlier, it is a hardback. This would likely appeal to hardcore comic book collectors and fans of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Casual readers may be interested in reading this, although the story may not enthrall them enough to get the next book in the series.

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