I’m pretty sure this is the final issue of Mass Effect: Foundation, which is a bit sad since I really enjoyed reading about all these characters that I know and love. Hopefully, there will be more, either in this series, or another. I’m going to warn for spoilers now, especially for the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
The issue starts off with a young Rasa having her head shaved by a cruel man and being told to go steal from some miners. There’s a nice panel switch to shown an adult Rasa walking into the laboratory where a clone of Shepard is about to be thrown away. However, she’s noticed and her loyal mech starts a gun fight. Miranda soon finds out and begins her way towards Rasa, but Rasa has hacked into the mainframe and controls a lot the station.
Miranda eventually catches up to Rasa and they begin to fight. Except the mech that Miranda brought with her turns and helps Rasa. Rasa states that every mech works for her now — which could be why Shepard was awoken at the beginning of ME 2, because all the mechs had gone haywire and started killing everyone. Rasa runs again, but once again Miranda catches up and another fight ensues.
Miranda questions Rasa about her doing this and Rasa replies she’s done being a puppet for anyone. She wants to be in control of her own life and not have to be beholden to anyone else, especially the Illusive Man. During the fight, Rasa is able to get away thanks to her mech. Miranda wants to go after her, but the Illusive Man says not to, that there are bigger issues at hand.
Rasa does have the Shepard Clone, and both have a prominent role in the Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC. They are the villains of that DLC and it comes directly from this. The Illusive Man is unperturbed that Rasa has a clone because he knows it isn’t Shepard, which is probably why all the Cerberus clones never worked out. Whatever Rasa’s plan is, it obviously fails in the DLC. Nothing can beat the real Shepard.
Like I said at the beginning, I’m sad this is over. I always enjoyed how the comic storylines tied so neatly into ME 2 and ME 3. I loved learning more about my favorite characters, especially the things that they mentioned once or in passing. Now when I replay all the companion missions, I’ll have a better understanding and it will resonate even more. I truly hope the comic world of Mass Effect isn’t over because of Mass Effect 4 being announced. I think the comics would be a good way to bring ME 3 and ME 4 closer togehter.