Assassin's Creed: Uprising is an on-going comic book series published by Titan Comics.
Announced as a relaunch of both Assassin's Creed: Assassins and Assassin's Creed: Templars as one book during the NYCC 2016, the comic is written by Dan Watters & Alex Paknadel and illustrated by José Holder with the first issue expected in February 2017.
Kicking off in February, the series will follow the ongoing Phoenix Project storyline, and feature several characters from “Assassin’s Creed” lore, including Juhani Otso Berg, Galina Voronina, Kiyoshi Takakura and Arend Schut, in addition to Charlotte de la Cruz and Black Cross from Titan’s current “Assassin's Creed” & “Templars” comics.
In the first arc, tensions are running high for both the Brotherhood and the Templar Order. A nefarious new world order is on the horizon and only a united team of Assassin’s have the knowledge and skill to save humanity from subjugation.
01/02/2017 - Join us for this game-changing new chapter in the ongoing Assassin's Creed saga! With the Phoenix Project nearing its completion, tensions are running high for both the Brotherhood and the Templar Order. A new world order is on the horizon and only Charlotte and her new allies have the knowledge and skill to save humanity from subjugation. Meanwhile, after discovering a rebel faction within his order, Templar agent, Otso Berg begins to question his loyalties.
February 2017: Hong Kong. Charlotte de La Cruz dives through the window of a skyscraper crashing to a van roof below, breaking her fall. A would be Assassin with a super heated blade leaps after her, narrowly missing her and stabbing through the roof of the van - to where Guernica Moneo hides below, assisting Charlotte on her mission. As Charlotte fends off the rogue Assassins from within the back, Guernica drives the van off at speed. A throwing star breaks the windshield, slicing off Guernica's fingers and hitting him in the face - the van then crashes on its side as he loses control. They both survive, but instead of interrogating a defeated Assassin, Charlotte elects to escape to a safe house and in turn save the wounded Guernica.
London, England. As youths perform parkour across the rooftops of the city, they come across a combat training session between the Assassins Galina Voronina and My'Shell Lemair, with the latter learning from the Master Assassin. Looking on are fellow Assassins Kiyoshi Takakura and Arend Schut-Cunningham. They are interupted by a call from Charlotte, whom reports back on her mission. The building was believed to have been an abandoned Phoenix Project site, with the belief that Gramatica may have left behind clues as to his whereabouts. However, the site was not abandoned. It contained a boy, whom was seemingly protected by Assassins openly displaying the Brotherhood symbol. Charlotte explained that the boy spoke to her, stating he recognized her. With all of her team killed, only she and Guernica managed to escape with their lives. Who were these people?
Meanwhile, back in Hong Kong, Otso Berg and Violet Da Costa investigate the former Phoenix Project site. Otso remarks that he is confused as to why a small army of bodies appeared to be defending the site, much less Assassins. It was cleared out months ago to merely be an archive after all. He orders Violet to pay off the Police to leave the site as it is, and retires to his hotel room. Changing into his high tech Black Cross attire, he returns to the skyscraper to conduct an investigation of his own. He is assisted on this endeavour by Andre Bolden, who is acting as a tech support. Otso discovers both high tech Abstergo equipment, and Assassin weaponry on the same victims. Somehow, the two factions are conspiring...
08/03/2017 - The infamous Black Cross shows up to investigate recent happenings at the Project Phoenix labs causing unease amongst the Templar Order. Meanwhile, Charlotte begins to question her allegiances.
March 2017: Abstergo Entertainment, Montreal, Canada. Otso Berg and Violet Da Costa further discuss the odd events that transpired within Hong Kong. Otso remains confused as to how Assassins evidently came across a greater equipped force in what amounted to an administrative location. Suddenly, both of their phones - along with everyone else's around them - displays the Black Cross icon.
At a nearby retreat, the Inner Sanctum of the Templar Order is holding a meeting - with Alan Rikkin curiously absent. In full armour, the Black Cross approaches the building but is challenged by guards. Showing the Black Cross symbol on his phone, he is subsequently allowed to enter. Addressing the Sanctum directly, he advises them of his status and that the Order has been infiltrated by a fifth column. A seated Otso Berg then stands up to challenge the Black Cross, and is thrown across the room instead. Warning that they are all suspects, he promises to call upon them soon - and leaves by a smoke bomb.
Meanwhile back in London. My'Shell has been repairing an Animus, when Charlotte enters the room. They both elect to go a local public house, and get in some drinks. Charlotte questions why My'Shell wants to become an Assassin, citing the fact that she now looks at ordinary people around her and immediately can calculate multiple ways to kill them. The Bleeding Effect has turned her into a living weapon, but at what cost? She now wonders how much her ancestors may now be a part of her, and as such begins to question if her own life is just a simulation too - looking out for glitches in every day life.
Otso returns home, and welcomes the Black Cross into his apartment. Removing his mask, Andre Bolden is revealed within the suit. It had been a perfect ruse, to trick the Sanctum into believing that Berg and the Black Cross were entirely different people. Otso reveals that the goggles were from a division in Europe, and decides to head to Berlin to investigate further.
Outside of the Abstergo Berlin office, Heinrich Hart leaves work for the day. He is immediately intercepted by Galina, Arend and Kiyoshi whom are seeking answers over their losses in Hong Kong. He has been acting as an informant to the Brotherhood, but swears blind he knew nothing of what had lied in wait for them at the Hong Kong site. Demanding he find answers under duress, they leave him in an alleyway.
Shortly after, the Black Cross appears - also seeking answers from Hart. Bizarrely Hart discloses that they had left a breadcrumb trail for him to follow, and that it was about time he arrived. Unleashing a taser whip, Hart unleashes an attack throwing them both through windows of a building as they battle. As Hart reveals his true identity as an Instrument of the First Will, he pulls out a high explosive from his pocket. The Black Cross barely gets to the nearby window before the entire building explodes, and dives into the river below.
19/04/2017 - New series unites the worlds of the video games, Templars and Assassins! Illustrated by Assassin's Creed storyboard artist Jose Holder, written by Dan Watters (Limbo) and Alex Paknadel (Arcadia).
17/05/2017 - Series unites the worlds of the Templars and the Assassins! Illustrated by Assassin’s Creed storyboard artist Jose Holder. Written by Dan Watters (Limbo) and Alex Paknadel (Arcadia).
05/07/2017 - An all-new story arc starts this issue! Giving fresh insights into characters from the vast Assassin’s Creed universe, including Juhani Otso Berg, Galina Voronina, Kiyoshi Takakura and Arend Schut. Writers Alex Paknadel (Arcadia, Doctor Who) and Dan Watters (Limbo, Dark Souls) return along with Assassin’s Creed storyboard artist José Holder!
02/08/2017 - Second installment of the brand-new story arc in the critically acclaimed Uprising series.
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- Before its eventual release as Uprising, the series was listed as both Assassin's Creed: Apogee and Assassin's Creed: Defiance. An apogee is the highest point, the climax/culmination, of a development.