Review: Mass Effect: Blasto: Eternity is Forever

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“He has “a lover in every port and a gun in every tentacle”! Blasto the Hanar Spectre, the most beloved action hero in the galaxy, makes his comics debut with a nonstop thrill-ride of white-knuckle excitement! Blasto serves justice on an explosive platter in this top secret mission to the planet Virmire—accompanied by the beautiful and deadly asari Cerulean Star!”

Story

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Mass Effect: Blasto: Eternity is Forever is a one-shot comic book that was released on Dark Horse Comics Digital on the 1st Annual N7 Day (November 7th, 2012). The one-shot features Blasto the Hanar Spectre. Of course, I don’t believe there actually is a Spectre named Blasto in Mass Effect. If I understand it correctly, Blasto only exists as a fictional character in the Mass Effect universe. There are numerous Blasto movie references throughout the game series. So, I don’t think this one-shot is supposed to be a factual series of events in Mass Effect, but rather one of the Blasto movies. In other words, this is a comic that is supposed to be a movie set inside of a fictional game universe. I probably didn’t need to explain that to most of you, but there it is, just in case.

So, this Blasto movie is called Blasto: Eternity Forever and it stars Blasto the Hanar Spectre. Who needs the Drell when there are Hanar like Blasto in the galaxy? Blasto is the best of the best and he knows it. As a Spectre, it is up to Blasto to save the universe by any means necessary. This time, Blasto must stop Kronus, a mad Krogan scientist who wants to use his time control invention to conquer the universe. But Blasto can’t save the day all by himself, even if he thinks he can. Well, he probably could save the day all by himself, because he’s BLASTO, but he might need a little help. That help comes in an Asari named Cerulean Star. By day she’s an actress, by she’s night a Spectre, and no one suspects a thing! Cerulean Star and Blasto will have to learn to work together or the universe, and time itself may be lost to Kronus.

What a fun plot. Eternity is Forever is like Mass Effect meets Die Hard meets James Bond. This one-shot is full of cheesy one-liners, sexual innuendo, and ridiculous action scenes. All of that with a Mass Effect setting. It’s awesome. Even better than the plot are the characters and their dialogue. Blasto is hilarious. He’s the most badass jellyfish I’ve ever seen. He can do a lot of damage with 8 guns! You find yourself rooting for him and wishing their actually were Hanar really like him in Mass Effect. I actually mentioned back in May that one of my top spin-off ideas would be a Blasto video game. That would be epic. I want that game even more after reading this comic. If you missed that article, you can read it here: Mass Effect spin-off games. The other main character is Cerulean Star. For starters, she has an awesome name that is an obvious jab at James Bond movies. I guess her whole character is actually a jab at the female characters in those movies. She’s beautiful, strong, confident, and smart (like most Bond girls, or at least the later Bond girls), but she’s also crazy for Blasto. She’s the perfect partner for Blasto in this story. Kronus is a pretty good villain for this one-shot, or at least he’s a typical antagonist for movies like these, so it works.

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Bottom Line

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Mass Effect: Blasto: Eternity is Forever is so much fun. They had me at the first line. “Enkindle this, criminal scum!” This one-shot comic book is exactly what it is supposed to be. It’s just ridiculous fun. That’s the bottom line. I just wish that I had read it sooner! This a must-read for Mass Effect fans!

Rhodes Rating: 100/100

Buy Your Copy Here: Mass Effect: Blasto: Eternity is Forever

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