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Marauder Shields 1: The Paragon Effect (ME3) by koobismo Marauder Shields 1: The Paragon Effect (ME3) by koobismo
The very first episode of the "Marauder Shields: Shepard's Last Foe" Mass Effect comic. NOT a part of the MScanon, NOT a part of my alternative ending to Mass Effect 3. If you're looking for that, head on to Episode 6 immediately.

This might be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but please be aware that even though I felt let down by the endings of ME3 (not everyone has to dislike them, but I did dislike 'em myself), all the attention and work I brought into this project was born from my love for the universe and characters of Mass Effect.

His name was Marauder Shields... If you don't know what's this meme about, check this little video by MichelKobayashi: [link]

[The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Special thanks to BioWare for creating the world we all love and care for!]
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:iconcharlieindigoalpha76:
CharlieIndigoalpha76 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Please add links to the other pages on each page of this comic
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:iconjulianhellsing:
julianhellsing Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Great Start, please continue!!!
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You should put links in the artist comments for next and previous pages :>
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levi88 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
If I may make a suggestion: It might help first-time readers if you added links to the next and previous comics in the description. :)
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ATalkingDinosaur Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Call these parody comics stupid if you want, koobismo, but I wanted to let you know that they make me laugh =D.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Oh, stupid doesn't mean unfunny. :D I like funny stupid. :D
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:iconkoobismo:
koobismo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Still, not as funny as they could be with some minimal work. :)
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Rexxie13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Marauder tried so hard to save us all XD
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:iconsirartsalot:
sirartsalot Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
NEVER FORGET!!
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CharlieIndigoalpha76 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice comic but have an ending where Shepard and that Marauder becomes friends and they both control Harbinger..
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VampireGoddess0806 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Oh, I can just tell right now this is going to be hilarious.
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fanglish Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Shepard, dying at the end of ME3 was kinda expected (no surviving hero suffers from creepy annoying dreams), and heavy cost was a given, that said, the trio of endings were they only reason I don't call ME3 my favorite game.

Especially considering other than gathering military strength and galactic readiness (tolower the damage and open third ending) none of Shep's actions actually affected the endings.
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Marauder Shields in my hero!
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DonJohrian Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Always remeber his sacrifice ...
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Maidenaya Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I actually enjoyed the ending of Mass Effect 3 (emphasis on 3) because I know that isn't the end of the series. But still...I think Marauder Shields is a hero hahahaha. Thank you so much for this ingenious comic, and your writing is hilarious too.
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SSJ5 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thank you, for telling the story of Marauder Shields.
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blahjerry Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still think indoctrination means rapesex
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Shadow-Of-Calamity Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd say it's pretty accurate.
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blahjerry Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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szaea1994 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I'm waiting the next. :D
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Ironic, but my interest has been beaked
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NotCras Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this comic series is hilarious and awesome nice job!!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks!
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JulianPerpetua Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your Maurauder Shields comics! Can you tell us about how you did it? Was this all done in Photoshop? The coloring is beautiful - tutorials, please! Thanks for spreading the word.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks Julian! :) Yeah, all done in Photoshop, I always start with compositing a couple of screenshots that serve as a basis of whatever I paint over them - required, if you want Garrus to look like Garrus. ;) Once the basics are done and the images take on their painted form, I start postprocessing by adding layers with colored blurs, outlines and particles and by applying extra coloring by using my custom PS brushes - some of 'em I've made myself, some are bought on a royalty-free license in graphical stores/marketplaces. Once you have what you need, i.e. a lens flare, it's all about choosing the blending mode that will suit the comic you're making - basically, you have to experiment with 'em, try mixing two different layers with different blending modes and on different transparency, etc.

It's a lot of fun. ;)
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JulianPerpetua Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks for taking the time to explain! Thank you! I'm trying to teach myself to color comics so that I, too, can one day make something cool like you did, and it's definitely been challenging and occasionally tedious - but fun. If you ever get a chance, please make tutorials! With Garrus in them!

:love:
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Theeventhor1zon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
:iconmaraudershieldsplz:
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Never forget!
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AmethystSadachbia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this filled with spoilers? Should I avoid reading this if I haven't played ME3?
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Yeah, I think you should finish ME3 first, live through the horror next, watch the original video of Marauder Shields after that and... Then you can jump at these lil' comics looking for a tiny bit of hope. ;)
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AmethystSadachbia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Or I could just not play ME3 at all. xD
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
It's a brilliant game up to the last 15 minutes. And all these comics are basically centered around those pesky 15 minutes of universe-shattering horror.
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ArcHunt3r Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Yeah, you probably should.
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soren7550 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Writer
Of all the things to become a meme from Mass Effect 3, *this* is what the people choose?

Crazy world I tell you.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Well, why not? :) I think it's pretty ingenious really (I mean the character, not my comics) - the character is a symbol for everyone displeased with ME3 endings, because he's our official last boss of the game. It's not just a meme, it's a protest meme. x)
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FizzOHara Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It made me big laugh even though this ending is seriously wanna make you cry. Oh no, I'm not admitting here that I cried. wait.. no no no, I didnt admit anything, or did I? However - ingenious idea!
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ProphetTenebrae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
This is the kind of backstory Bioware needed to give him!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
This is just the beginning. You would be amazed how much our beloved galaxy would differ from its final state if it wasn't for Marauder Shields.
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ProphetTenebrae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
It's already hilarious - helps dull the trauma of the ending.

A tiny part of me stills hopes against hope that Bioware are trolling and come April 1st the real ending will be released and we can scream for a few days and then go "OK, you got us!"
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koobismo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Aye, I've got the same tiny little part still screaming that this just cannot be. And I truly believe that before all of this over, before the last virtual shots are fired, we'll get what we want. We'll freakin' save Shepard or at least his or hers legacy.
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ProphetTenebrae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Well, if April 1st comes and goes without a "FOOOOOOOOOOOLED YOU" then it's going to be months before we see anything but hey, regardless of those who want to trash talk the Retake Mass Effect crowd - raised a lot of money for charity.
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