Assassin's Creed Finally Wraps Up A Major Present Day Story--But Not In Odyssey
The return of Juno.
Titan Comics has announced that the final chapter of Assassin's Creed Uprising is out. Uprising Vol. 3: Finale concludes the Phoenix Project saga, which was first introduced in Assassin's Creed Unity but can be traced all the way back to the original game.
The Phoenix Project saga is a present-day Assassin's Creed story that focuses on the return of Juno, the god-like Isu who believes humanity's salvation lies in her ruling over them. In Assassin's Creed III, it was revealed that she had been guiding Desmond Miles towards freeing her from captivity since the first game. Her consciousness returned without a body in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and when she failed to possess the player's character at the end of the game, her lover--John Standish--went insane and was subsequently killed.
Abstergo studied Standish's body and realized he was one of the immortal Sages who is reborn over and over again. In Assassin's Creed Unity, Abstergo started the Phoenix Project, a venture to use what was learned from Standish's DNA to clone an Isu. The present-day Assassins eventually realized Juno was manipulating Abstergo to create her a new, perfect body and set out to stop her--which was Desmond Miles' dying wish. Although the games set this plot line up, and have returned to it several times in recent titles, the story has mostly been told through the Uprising graphic novel. So for fans who only play the Assassin Creed games, it seems like the ramifications of Desmond Miles' storyline have been forgotten.
Many of the new present-day characters from Assassin's Creed Odyssey that seemingly came out of nowhere were first introduced in Uprising. The graphic novel is comprised of 12 issues, which have been divided evenly into three volumes. Uprising Vol. 1: Common Ground continues the story of Charlotte de la Cruz--first introduced in Assassin's Creed: Assassins--who's one of the leading members of the modern-day Assassin's Brotherhood.
Charlotte discovers what Abstergo is planning with the Phoenix Project in Common Ground, which kicks off the present-day events of Assassin's Creed Unity. Uprising Vol. 2: Inflection Point occurs at the same time as Unity and Syndicate, following Charlotte and her team as they continue to delve into the Phoenix Project and discover there's a third party playing both the Assassins and Abstergo. Uprising Vol. 3: Finale finishes the story, occurring alongside the events of Origins and referenced briefly in Odyssey.