Marauder Shields 34: Thermopylae Is A Twofer

I don’t say this lightly, but the ongoing Marauder Shields series, which started out as essentially a beautifully crafted joke, has quickly evolved into stark evidence of a very promising storytelling talent, and one that seems to understand the Mass Effect universe – at least on some levels – more deeply than the man who created it. Take this week’s episode, which features the Virmir survivor and thus comes in two versions, one with Kaiden, and one with Ashley Williams.

It’s definitely a series-best, and you can read both versions here.

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7 Comments on Marauder Shields 34: Thermopylae Is A Twofer


On September 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Glorious! For some reason I like Kaidan’s version better, even though Ashley is my virmire survivor… hmm. Either way Koobismo is keeping Mass Effect alive.


On September 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

s/Virmir/Virmire/ ;-)

And I’m not 100 % convinced, that the original creators didn’t want to do more. Though they seem to be happy with the DLC culture, so maybe they didn’t want to do more with the awesome universe and just wrap it up fast.

In any event: another Marauder Shields!


On September 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

Not ‘canon’ not worth my time.

The Haunt

On September 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

“Not ‘canon’ not worth my time.”

And yet it was worth your time to post that comment.

Honestly, you need to stop this. It’s not healthy.

Such a Waste

On September 21, 2012 at 3:03 am

The message is clear – since BioWare doesn’t care enough about the fans or its series to salvage their series, we’ll do it for them. They went with that piece of schlock crap and had the nerve to ask gamers to tell the story for them – well, Marauder Shields is doing just that, and is doing a much better job than Gamble and Hudson could ever dream of.


On September 21, 2012 at 6:33 am

Koobismo is doing the Mass Effect fans such a service with this, it’s really remarkable! The spot on whitty dialogues and the sheer beauty of, and the amount of thought and detail that go into his comics are astounding. And the way the man chooses just the right music to enhance the reading experience is the perfect topping on a wonderful cake.

Reading his comics takes me back to the feeling I had in early March, before I had to endure the trainwreck that is the original ending(s). That feeling of anticipation, hoping that I would see the breathtaking conclusion to a series I had come to love, looking forward to a climax that would fulfill my expectations and bring my Shepard’s story to a meaningful end. Back then, I had nothing but love and praise for Bioware and their creation of what I considered to be my generation’s Star Wars. With Lair of the Shadow Broker still fresh in my mind, I would have bought any DLC they were going to throw my way, especially because I thought it would be like Koobismo’s work from a story standpoint.

Aaaah, what could have been, what could have been.

It’s strange when I realize that it took Bioware (and let’s not forget to mention the unavoidable EA) only six month to change my attitude towards them by 180°.

Well, at least the whole ordeal made me aware of Gamefront, so something positive has come from this mess after all. :-)


On September 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

@ The Haunt
Did it worth your time replying to my comment? I just expressed my point of view on the thing. I’m like that if a work is not canon i dont want to read it or watch it. Did i insulted someone in my saying? No!

I dont care if you or others are fans of that work but me i’m not interested in it.