A new character portrayal from comedic artist Declan Shalvey makes Mass Effect’s Garrus cooler than ever, as the spear watches fans.
Everyone’s favorite spear, Garrus Vakarian from the hit video game series Mass Effect, just received new art from acclaimed comic book artist Declan Shalvey. In the past, Shalvey has worked with Image Comics and Marvel, and showcases epic skills representing Garrus on a recent fan commission. Thanks to the new Legendary Edition of Mass Effect, Commander Shepard’s original crew are current again. It is not the first time Mass Effect characters were captured in the comics, also featured in Dark Horse Mass Effect comic books.
Although the Turien has never starred in any comic book series, fans can read Garrus’ origins in Mass Effect: Home Worlds # 3 (by Mac Walters, John Dombrow, Jeremy Barlow and Garry Brown). This moving story shows the reader that Garrus’ father was very strict with him. He tells his son that he won’t be successful anywhere in life if he gives up, which foreshadows his development in Game 1. The story ends up moving to Omega. Garrus took the name “Archangel “and braces for incoming shots from the Blue Suns, Eclipse, and Blood Pack gangs (moments before the player finds him in Mass effect 2).
One of comic book’s most renowned artists, Declan Shalvey is always working on something, from a stunning poster celebrating The walking dead to Marvel’s new digital only X-Men unlimited for Marvel Unlimited. Shalvey also wrote for the comics, as for Wild city, written with Philip Barrett with art from Barrett and Bellaire, published by Image. Somehow, Shalvey also finds time to make commissions as a Kickstarter project reward, and proud fan. Albert Santos recently shared a stunning portrait of Garrus on the artist’s Twitter.
My commission @declanshalvey (which I received as a Kickstarter reward) arrived today, and if you’re a fan of Mass Effect I’m happy to report that this sketch is definitely busy doing some calibrations. pic.twitter.com/Jqp23qAefZ
– Albert Santos, a Disney Plus Star exclusive (@albertinho) September 28, 2021
Although Garrus is known for his blue and gray colors, Declan Shalvey’s black and white illustrations never made Garrus cooler. His iconic holographic eye lens, which helps him target his opponents, matches the line art of his armor. Garrus stands in front of a black, inked background as he presents a determined expression. Regardless of how the player has interacted with Garrus during games, Shalvey’s artwork feels like a perfect personal connection.
Mass Effect has a loose definition of “canon” as it is up to the player to determine the fate of characters, especially in the original trilogy. That said, the comics have also done a great job of providing flexible stories for lore and supporting characters. Declan Shalvey‘s art does a fantastic job of capturing Garrus while still leaving enough room for the reader to project their own story onto the character – as fans observe below the post, Dark Horse knows who to call if and when he returns to the Mass Effect universe.
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