The first issue of the Mass Effect: Redemption comic book hit store shelves today. I’ll just say this: This comic makes me want Mass Effect 2 more than any other game on the horizon. In this first of four installments, writer Mac Walters, who is also the lead writer for Mass Effect 2, wastes no time throwing unforeseeable curveballs at the reader. I won’t go into specifics, but the plot details centered on Commander Shepard completely changed my perception of Mass Effect 2’s story. Believe me, you won’t see this twist coming.

Walters also does a phenomenal job of maintaining the tone of the video game series. This comic’s pacing moves at a faster clip than any moment in the first game, but not at the expense of character or universe development. Liara T’Soni is present in most of the panels, and is established as a likeable lead, but she isn’t the character you walk away thinking about. The Illusive Man and The Collectors (who are shown for the first time) steal the spotlight.

If you are a fan of the games, make it a priority to run out and pick up a copy of this amazing comic. Just make sure you have a friend read it as well. This is one of those teases that demands an immediate post-read conversation.