Mass Effect digital comics free today

Thursday, 14th July 2011 01:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dark Horse is giving away free digital copies of the entire Mass Effect comic line in a strictly time-limited offer.

All four issues of both Redemption and Evolution are available. Redemption outlines events leading into Mass Effect 2, and fills in the adventures of Liara T’Soni – some compensation, and explanation, for her absence as a squad member in-game. Evolution explores the history of the Cerberus organisation, telling the origin story of the Illusive Man.

There’s also a seven-page preview of the upcoming series, Invasion, which as you’ve probably guess by the name, ties in with the upcoming Mass Effect 3.

You need a Dark Horse digital log-in if you want to save the free content to your account and thereby access it after today. Dark Horse Digital offers browser-based access to comics; you won’t be able to download them.

Unfortunately, in the four or so hours since the deal was announced, interest has been so high that getting onto Dark Horse’s digital portal is nearly impossible.

“We apologize for all the issues people are encountering with getting the Mass Effect comics from We have had overwhelming response to our giveaway, and it is causing some extreme lag in accessing the site, as well as the comics. If you are having issues getting through, please keep trying and have patience,” Dark Horse commented. That site’s struggling, too.

This makes it difficult to verify whether the comics will be available for free outside the US, but if we learn anything we’ll let you know. Trust me, I’ll be trying all day.

Mass Effect 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2012.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. endgame

    11 hours have past now and the site is still unaccessible. darkhorse u r so very lame. good thing that there r ppl who already shared those comics on torrent websites. that is how it’s done.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Ah, that’s a shame. I wouldn’t have minded a look at one of those.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. FuriousMachine

    Registering an account was a fairly painless process, their site woes considering, and they did not ask where in the world I was from (which indicates the offer is valid globally).

    Adding the comics to my collection was a long and arduous process, though, requiring quite a few refreshes. I’m not even sure I did it correctly, but after having clicked “Read Now” on each of them they all now appear in My Collection. Gonna be interesting to see if they’re still there tomorrow, though

    #3 4 years ago

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