This is the final issue of this four-part miniseries of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Please read my previous reviews in case you haven’t been following this fun side story featuring Aya from the hit game Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
We finally get the conclusion to both Aya’s and Cleopatra’s storylines while exploring the events following the Ides of March. Julius Caesar is dead and Rome is on the brink of destruction as the country is sent into chaos with no leader in sight. Aya was determined to write the wrongs caused by Caesar and his omnipotent delegation, but things didn’t turn out the way she had expected.
It All Ends Here
This is a running theme not only in the Assassin’s Creed video games but in other Assassin’s Creed comics like Uprising. This delicate dance between the Assassins and Templars has lasted for centuries, but the seeds of that secret war lie in past conflicts like the fall of Rome and Egypt. Aya notices these changes from the shadows but she never anticipated how society and the people would react to Caesar’s death. She admits to the fact that people around her use her as a tool but she never fully commits to the cause of whoever she follows. Brutus and Alexander The Great perfectly encapsulate Aya’s internal struggle between two different ideologies on how Rome should be governed.
In the end, Aya makes both historical figures realize that they both need to set aside their hate for each other in order to set an example for Rome and its citizens. As Aya leaves Rome the “winds of change,” as she puts it, fanned the flames for Octavian, Caesar’s son, to usurp power and lead Rome to war against Egypt. This is a great conclusion because it teaches Aya and Cleopatra’s son that not all battles can be won and the result could have devastating consequences.
Aya becomes one of the earliest assassins alongside Bayek after the events of Rome. This story helps define her character and the Assassin’s own creed if they should intervene or not which lays the groundwork for future Assassins.
Tied with a Bow
Cleopatra, up to this point, was a side story in this mini-series but also served as a narrator. She recognizes that power is meant to be fought for but power can also be maintained against those seeking it. Cleopatra is teaching her son that important lesson through Aya’s tale and what transpired in Rome. In her case, she also fell victim to the changes that threatened her way of life in a similar fashion. There’s a moment at the end of the mini-series that directly ties into the game but I don’t want to spoil it.
Overall, this is a great conclusion to Aya in her younger days, albeit lacking any meaningful progression of the story told in Assassin’s Creed: Origins. Other than that I highly recommend that you pick up these issues as they are fun and filled with great moments.
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- THE GOOD
- Wraps Up Aya’s Journey
- Conflicting Tales of the Same Event
- Ties into Assassin’s Creed Origins
- THE BAD
- Almost No Action
The finale to Aya’s journey to Rome and what had transpired there! Readers get a glimpse of what makes Aya such a great Assassin and how her struggles correlate to the video game.