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Mass Effect Comics Free For 24 Hours



For the next 24 hours, Dark Horse Comics is offering the entire breadth of its two Mass Effect comic series free of charge.

This generous move comes in anticipation of the upcoming Dark Horse/BioWare panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con (scheduled for July 23).

This also serves to generate hype for the newly announced Mass Effect: Invasion comic, which Dark Horse will launch in October. From the official announcement:

BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts, and Dark Horse Comics announced today Mass Effect: Invasion, a four issue comic series detailing the events following Commander Shepard's epic journey in the critically acclaimed Action Role Playing Game Mass Effect 2. Starting today only fans can visit the Dark Horse Digital Store to download previous issues of the Mass Effect comic book series and will also get an exclusive first look at Mass Effect: Invasion.

With a story by Mass Effect lead writer Mac Walters and an original script by John Jackson Miller, best known for his work on Star Wars: Knight Errant, and art from Omar Francia who also did work on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, Mass Effect: Invasion focuses on Aria T'Loak, a self-appointed queen of Omega, a space station catering to the galaxy's underworld. T'Loak is a key figure in the Mass Effect universe and must defend her territory from a terrifying new threat unleashed by the pro-human black-ops organization Cerberus. Mass Effect: Invasion will launch its first issue this October.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that word of this publicity stunt has washed over the Internet geek culture like a voracious swarm of geth. Prospective fans have flooded the firm's servers, and the Dark Horse Digital Store is currently down [https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/11/].

The promotion ends on July 14 at 3PM EST, so hopefully at some point in the next 21 hours the flood of server requests will abate. Until then, find some way to amuse yourselves. I hear BioWare is making interesting games these days.

Source: Dark Horse Comics [http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/495/mass-effect-invasion-announced-digital-extravaganz]

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I have both minis already, but I might download it simply because its free.
 

Richardplex

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Thanks for pointing this out, guess I know what I'm going to camping for the next 21 hours *reaches for flask of earl grey tea*
 

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Earnest Cavalli said:
The bad news is that word of this publicity stunt has washed over the Internet geek culture like a voracious swarm of geth. Prospective fans have flooded the firm's servers, and the Dark Horse Digital Store is currently down [https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/11/].
Much like the Genophage this is good news and bad news. On the one hand, I'd love to check out the comics for free. On the other, I can't.

Fappy said:
I have both minis already, but I might download it simply because its free.
Fappy, I love your Mao avatar, my brother has one too over on his forums, gg sir.
 

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damn it to bloody hell! the page is down.....is it piracy if i "liberate" a copy of the series online in the 24 hour period?
 

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Their servers didn't ask for this.

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008Zulu said:
Here's a caveat;

Free to read, if you want to keep you still have to buy it seems.
Nothings stopping you from saving the images somewhere on your computer... Right?
 

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Gather said:
Their servers didn't ask for this.

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008Zulu said:
Here's a caveat;

Free to read, if you want to keep you still have to buy it seems.
Nothings stopping you from saving the images somewhere on your computer... Right?
Morality. So, yeah, no.

OT: Looks cool. I don't like the art style, but I will forward this to my friend who is a huge fan of this.
 

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CM156 said:
Gather said:
Their servers didn't ask for this.

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008Zulu said:
Here's a caveat;

Free to read, if you want to keep you still have to buy it seems.
Nothings stopping you from saving the images somewhere on your computer... Right?
Morality. So, yeah, no.

OT: Looks cool. I don't like the art style, but I will forward this to my friend who is a huge fan of this.
They are offering their product digitally, on the internet, for free.

Context can trump morality. If they undertook this expecting anything else, then morality should compel us all to do it, so that they learn their lesson and never do it again. We're just saving them heartache in the future ;D
 

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Is it for the UK too ? I dont care enough to buy them, but its free entertainmet so why not.

Oh its digital. Ok then, ignore me.

Think I missed it, ah well.

Site is slow.
 

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I don't get this, surely they must have known people on the internet are sometimes interested in free stuff? And they are showing large high quality images to everyone, one at a time and don't even allow people to download stuff directly but force them to navigate through their website everytime they want to switch to a new site.



Seriously, how could they not see the downtime coming?
 

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twaddle said:
damn it to bloody hell! the page is down.....is it piracy if i "liberate" a copy of the series online in the 24 hour period?
...You know... that is a REALLY good question.
 

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twaddle said:
damn it to bloody hell! the page is down.....is it piracy if i "liberate" a copy of the series online in the 24 hour period?
You mean so that you can read it for free whenever you want after the 24 hour period is up? Because if that's what you're talking about, yeah, probably.

Brainst0rm said:
Context can trump morality. If they undertook this expecting anything else, then morality should compel us all to do it, so that they learn their lesson and never do it again. We're just saving them heartache in the future ;D
This is why we can't have nice things.
 

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Oh cool, once the servers get back up I'll definitely be downloading these.


Earnest Cavalli said:
Until then, find some way to amuse yourselves.
Back to Cthulhu Saves The World then!
 

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Sadly the site is not back up yet... and for a while I was actually able to view the first one for a brief time before the site timed out.

:(
 

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I wants, but I can't since:
- not using my computer
- store is offline last I checked, so no download.
 

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Hm. I've read Redemption before.

It, uh... wasn't very good. In fact, it was rather bad.

Can't say I'm exactly giddy with excitement at the prospect of reading the rest of 'em.
 

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Zhukov said:
Hm. I've read Redemption before.

It, uh... wasn't very good. In fact, it was rather bad.

Can't say I'm exactly giddy with excitement at the prospect of reading the rest of 'em.
The Mass Effect story seems to work better as a game. I'm sure it could be changed into something more easily consumable in movie, book, or comic form... but it might lose its sparkle without player choice.
 

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Dark Horse has nothing to do with my video games.

I refuse to support their artwork based off a fad.

If it comes down to a real story based comic (lap) book (file) then I guess I am not cool enough to experience the full story.
 

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Richardplex said:
Thanks for pointing this out, guess I know what I'm going to camping for the next 21 hours *reaches for flask of earl grey tea*
Good sir, I shall be doing the same. "reaches for pot of black coffee and IV drip*
 

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MmmFiber said:
Zhukov said:
Hm. I've read Redemption before.

It, uh... wasn't very good. In fact, it was rather bad.

Can't say I'm exactly giddy with excitement at the prospect of reading the rest of 'em.
The Mass Effect story seems to work better as a game. I'm sure it could be changed into something more easily consumable in movie, book, or comic form... but it might lose its sparkle without player choice.
I think it was the pacing that screwed it, at least for me. Packing a fairly complex story, complete with plot twists, into a few 30-page comics necessitates a major development every 5 pages or so. The end result comes across as rather... frenetic.

Also, Mass Effect's dialogue can be a bit corny at the best of times. The lack of convincing verbal delivery does not help.
 

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Evolution was pretty good, but yeah that was the only good one I've read. I think the problem was the amount they tried to cram in. Evolution was better paced because in-universe it all happened in a fairly short time period.
 

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"Oh, hey, look, we're giving away things for free!" Said the owners of the massively popular franchise. "I'm betting nobody will get it tho. So no need to soup up the servers"
 

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Great idea, few millions of fans of a game... Let's make them all want to download our stuf.


Whoops. What do you mean servers have capacity? WHY IS IT NOT UNLIMITED, YOU'RE FIRED.
 

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They're not free right now.

$5.97 for the Mass Effect: Redemption bundle.
$7.96 for the Mass Effect: Evolution bundle.
 

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Managed to add the comics to my collection so far but when I click to read them I just get a page with the comic's title printed in bold capitals.....
 

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Finally able to log in, no comics though. On any other day, this would have been an epic DOS attack, from the likes of Anonymous.
 

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erbkaiser said:
They're not free right now.

$5.97 for the Mass Effect: Redemption bundle.
$7.96 for the Mass Effect: Evolution bundle.
I added them to my checkout with that listing price and in the checkout it lists them as $0.00, strange system but whatever works.
 

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erbkaiser said:
They're not free right now.

$5.97 for the Mass Effect: Redemption bundle.
$7.96 for the Mass Effect: Evolution bundle.
Just read them anyway. They won't charge you. Not until the deal expires anyway.

Finally managed to grab them this morning. Last night when it was announced I couldn't go anywhere on the site. I guess it's because the US is sleeping right now, hehe.

I actually have Redemption comics somewhere in the house, but doesn't hurt to grab the digital version. Saves me from having to get them out of their sleeves.
008Zulu said:
Here's a caveat;

Free to read, if you want to keep you still have to buy it seems.
If you create an account, it gets added to your collection when you read it. Thus, you "own" it.
 

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Okay, I'm officially lost. I can't even find the checkout on the Dark Horse website so I can't get my comics. Can somebody help please?
 

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Hagi said:
Managed to add the comics to my collection so far but when I click to read them I just get a page with the comic's title printed in bold capitals.....
I've got the same issue. Can anyone help with this?
 

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Anezay said:
Hagi said:
Managed to add the comics to my collection so far but when I click to read them I just get a page with the comic's title printed in bold capitals.....
I've got the same issue. Can anyone help with this?
How did you add them to your collection exactly?
 

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Amethyst Wind said:
Anezay said:
Hagi said:
Managed to add the comics to my collection so far but when I click to read them I just get a page with the comic's title printed in bold capitals.....
I've got the same issue. Can anyone help with this?
How did you add them to your collection exactly?
Follow the link to the store. Click on one of the collections. There you'll see a link that says "read now"
 

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Anezay said:
This is what it looks like, by the way:
I got that. I've got all of Redemption and Evolution in my collection (as well as an issue of Hellboy for some reason), no idea how to actually read the things now.
 

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Amethyst Wind said:
Anezay said:
This is what it looks like, by the way:
I got that. I've got all of Redemption and Evolution in my collection (as well as an issue of Hellboy for some reason), no idea how to actually read the things now.
I've also got the Hellboy one. It must be the cause!
On a more realistic note, I've checked the FAQ, got nothing. Site has no forums.
 

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Anezay said:
Amethyst Wind said:
Anezay said:
This is what it looks like, by the way:
I got that. I've got all of Redemption and Evolution in my collection (as well as an issue of Hellboy for some reason), no idea how to actually read the things now.
I've also got the Hellboy one. It must be the cause!
On a more realistic note, I've checked the FAQ, got nothing. Site has no forums.
I think it's just overloaded.

One time after refreshing I got a grey interface that loads over the page and it allowed me to browse through the comic's pages. Was able to read the first 7 pages but it wouldn't load the 8th. When I refreshed I was back to the page you showed.
 

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Hagi said:
I think it's just overloaded.

One time after refreshing I got a grey interface that loads over the page and it allowed me to browse through the comic's pages. Was able to read the first 7 pages but it wouldn't load the 8th. When I refreshed I was back to the page you showed.
Thanks. Maybe it'll be easier to read once the deal is over and this stuff is saved to my account.
 
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Still getting the grey interface.
still 3 hours left for me though.
EDIT: fuck it, it only ships to the US. guess i will take the 30 minute train ride to that comic shop.
 

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Through a fair bit of patient use of the F5 key, I've got all of it now in "My Collection", so they'll be free for me to view once the special offer ends. Too bad I can't even get the first page to load on any of them.

It's also available on the Dark Horse Comics iOS app. Unfortuantely said app crashes constantly on iPad (2) and it's pot luck if you're able to download it or not in the very few times it does manage to get past the title screen. Somehow I've successfully downloaded Redemption #2, although it crashed before I got the chance to read it.
 

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so this was a big pile of fail. When I finally get the site to load, like every other page is missing.
 

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I think I'm going to have to let go my dislike of Mass Effect, everything that happens shows they're massively popular (already one of the most troped works on TVTropes too), I'm clearly going against the flow
 

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Wtf, still says it's not free! Why?

Please someone help before it's too late!
 

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Looks like Dark Horse Digital was Commander Shepherd's favourite store on the Citadel. (Sorry.. had to be done)


..I should go.


..Okay, Okay.. stop throwing things :)
 

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They're not free anymore.

I do feel a little suckered in that they were free but the servers were so hammered that I couldn't get them.. but, I love the Mass Effect universe so I've purchased them anyway.

Note to Dark Horse though - Sort your shit out!
 

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Well that sucked, finally managed to get the page to load and it was over. They really should have thought that through better. Most of the 24 hours were wasted on downtime. Oh well, world keeps spinnin'.
 

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ascorbius said:
They're not free anymore.

I do feel a little suckered in that they were free but the servers were so hammered that I couldn't get them.. but, I love the Mass Effect universe so I've purchased them anyway.

Note to Dark Horse though - Sort your shit out!
Good money making strategy, make something free but impossible to get then count on the few who are now hooked on obtaining them for a nice profit.
 

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Completely unrelated:
I always thought Liara looked hotter in the comics than the actual games, meh.
OT:
They needed several servers, because it's gone down and not everybody's gotten to get it. Like with the Halo BETAs, where they went down like a half hour after being released due to traffic floods. I had to wait a day and a half for the Reach beta!
 

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Wait... this doesn't make sense!
Why would Cerberus want to muscle-in on Aria's business?
I mean, what exactly do they stand to gain from controlling a strip-joint o_O?
 

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Neferius said:
Wait... this doesn't make sense!
Why would Cerberus want to muscle-in on Aria's business?
I mean, what exactly do they stand to gain from controlling a strip-joint o_O?
Uhm, did you play ME2?

Because Aria is the de-facto ruler of a crime-syndicate that controls an effin huge space-station with millions of beings, and thus has her smexy blue fingers in legal and illegal pies all over the galaxy.

Sense, You make none. :)
 

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Well shit. I completely missed out. Guess that's what I get for playing outside for an entire day.
 

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barash said:
Neferius said:
Wait... this doesn't make sense!
Why would Cerberus want to muscle-in on Aria's business?
I mean, what exactly do they stand to gain from controlling a strip-joint o_O?
Uhm, did you play ME2?

Because Aria is the de-facto ruler of a crime-syndicate that controls an effin huge space-station with millions of beings, and thus has her smexy blue fingers in legal and illegal pies all over the galaxy.

Sense, You make none. :)
Really?! I thought that was just the Red Sand talking o_O

No, but seriously. I know she's a Powerful crimelord and what-not, powerful enough to have Helena Blake working as her underling anyway. And I also know Red Sand only affects humans. But none of this actually matters, since I wasn't really being serious in the first place :p

The point I'm trying to make though is, why would Cerberus want to do anything with Omega?! I mean seriously, that place is a Dump.
What possible strategic value would it have against a Reaper Invasion? TELL MEE!!!
 

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Neferius said:
barash said:
Neferius said:
Wait... this doesn't make sense!
Why would Cerberus want to muscle-in on Aria's business?
I mean, what exactly do they stand to gain from controlling a strip-joint o_O?
Uhm, did you play ME2?

Because Aria is the de-facto ruler of a crime-syndicate that controls an effin huge space-station with millions of beings, and thus has her smexy blue fingers in legal and illegal pies all over the galaxy.

Sense, You make none. :)
Really?! I thought that was just the Red Sand talking o_O

No, but seriously. I know she's a Powerful crimelord and what-not, powerful enough to have Helena Blake working as her underling anyway. And I also know Red Sand only affects humans. But none of this actually matters, since I wasn't really being serious in the first place :p

The point I'm trying to make though is, why would Cerberus want to do anything with Omega?! I mean seriously, that place is a Dump.
What possible strategic value would it have against a Reaper Invasion? TELL MEE!!!
Well, It was originally an element zero mine. Element Zero is still in all of those asteroids ... I guess. I could be wrong about it still being there, but if its there that would make it a pretty all right place to control.
 

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Y'know this deal's been off for a couple days already. Maybe you guys at The Escapist should remove it from the front page >_>;;
 

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andar815 said:
Neferius said:
barash said:
Neferius said:
Wait... this doesn't make sense!
Why would Cerberus want to muscle-in on Aria's business?
I mean, what exactly do they stand to gain from controlling a strip-joint o_O?
Uhm, did you play ME2?

Because Aria is the de-facto ruler of a crime-syndicate that controls an effin huge space-station with millions of beings, and thus has her smexy blue fingers in legal and illegal pies all over the galaxy.

Sense, You make none. :)
Really?! I thought that was just the Red Sand talking o_O

No, but seriously. I know she's a Powerful crimelord and what-not, powerful enough to have Helena Blake working as her underling anyway. And I also know Red Sand only affects humans. But none of this actually matters, since I wasn't really being serious in the first place :p

The point I'm trying to make though is, why would Cerberus want to do anything with Omega?! I mean seriously, that place is a Dump.
What possible strategic value would it have against a Reaper Invasion? TELL MEE!!!
Well, It was originally an element zero mine. Element Zero is still in all of those asteroids ... I guess. I could be wrong about it still being there, but if its there that would make it a pretty all right place to control.
Hmm, now that I think about it, I suppose Cerberus could convert the station into a military base of operations in order to establish presence in the Terminus systems. In which case I can see why Aria would have a problem with that.
But whatever the case, I guess we'll all find out when ME3 is finally released.
 

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Oh no, free stuff. JUST THINK ABOUT HOW THAT WOULD RUIN THE ECONOMY!!!

Insanity aside, I've never really gotten into tie-in comics. So I'll just skip this.