Review: Knights of the Old Republic – War #1

Script: John Jackson Miller
Pencils: Andrea Mutti
Inks: Pierluigi Baldassini
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Benjamin Carre
Variant Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Benjamin Carré cover

Star Wars: The Old Republic is here, it’s rampaging through the world and few have managed to avoid it. To continue on that timeline we have a special treat with a review of Knights of the Old Republic – War (KOTOR), a favorite for many gaming enthusiasts before Bioware went huge with Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

KOTOR – War takes us to the Mandalorian Wars setting up a critical point in the Jedi timeline when the Republic is making a call for help and the council is seeking to stay neutral to their current situation. Readers drop into the possibly familiar seat of Zayne Carrick, an unlucky draftee who sits split on where he’s been and where his future might be. As war rages forward with the Republic, one can see the layers of misdirection and deception unfolding in this new story and the twists to come. It’s a solid introduction into this 5 part series, one can’t help but feel it’s just too short, as soon as it finds a rhythm the chapter is over and leaves the reader hanging for more. John Jackson Miller manages to capture the heart of the saga while developing this unique character torn apart by their past and the war they’ve been forced into. With Jedi’s, Mandalorians and the Republic all at odd’s and betrayal coming from every angle it’s hard to imagine this going along peacefully, it’s going to be a wild ride so hold on tight.

The art of the book is crisp and clean, only a few panels had slightly obscure body form, the most prominent being Zayne, in his first panel his rib cage seems to break forward for no reason. Outside of this moment there are no other prominent instances that stand out, the character races stay true to their form as seen in the past movies and books. Andrea Mutti goes to great lengths to develop a unique cast throughout the pages while giving each a flavor of personality as they change expressions, locations and build a sense of familiarity in this new world even as it’s destroyed section by section. Pierluigi Baldassini and Michael Atiyeh follow that momentum up by delivering clean and detailed panels with a wide gaumut of color, Zayne’s lightsaber is a great example of it in use.

Dave Wilkins cover

As a continuation off of Knights of the Old Republic it’s refreshing that anyone can jump into this book and feel comfortable in the story. I do admit I need to catch up on Zayne’s past exploits, Miller is very forgiving in his writing to those who have just joined his storyline which makes it a recommendation for anyone looking to expand or rejoin the Star Wars comic universe after being brought back into the fold with the release of SWTOR.

Release Date: January 11, 2012  | Pre-order from TFAW

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

New WWE ’12 DLC arrives for all

THQ is hard at work cranking out new downloads for WWE ’12, today we get a look at the Diva pack including these past and present wrestlers.

  • Trish Stratus
  • Brie Bella
  • Nikki Bella
  • Vickie Guerrero
  • Kharma
  • *Alicia Fox

They’re available now on the PS3 and Xbox 360 with a price of 99 cents or 80 MS points. Those bummed out about the lack of holiday cheer can take note that Alicia Fox is actually a freebie on either platform. Enjoy the goods and get down with some crazy Diva action on your console this season.

Day 2: The Steam Holiday Sale rolls on

Gifts, goods and sales. You can’t ask for any more during a Steam event, today we have the next lineup of daily deals for you to shortcut to. Check it out and enjoy the goodies!

You still have roughly 3 hours left from the time of this posting to get in on yesterdays deals, they seem to be running them for about 28 hours each instead of just 24.

If you plan to try to complete some objectives today you’ll need the following games to take part.

  • Spiral Knights
  • Psychonauts
  • Dungeons of Dredmore
  • Red Orchestra 2
  • Tropico 4
  • AI War: Fleet Command

Good luck to those who venture into the wild gift chase, we’ll be joining you shortly!

ARCHOS brings Honeycomb for under $200

When Amazon brought the Kindle Fire to the market the race turned to a new price, the $200 mark. Today ARCHOS has taken up the challenge and brought the ARCHOS 70b IT, it’s an enhanced 70 IT using an upgraded screen and a 1.2GHz processor to get the job done.

Users will get Android 3.2 with full functionality including a regular marketplace, this means games, books and more will get delivered unrestricted. The full functionality of the OS remains in-tact, leaving the smooth transitions and quick navigation unharmed. Overall it’s shaped up to compete with just about everyone out there.

Here are some key details:

  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 7″ 1024×600 display
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Integrated GPU (unspecified)
  • 1.2 GHz CPU (unspecified, the 70 used an ARM A8)
  • 8GB of storage
  • Micro SD Card support
  • HDMI Output
  • WiFi support

What does all of that mean? The 1.2 GHz CPU should be more than enough to power most games now, in the future that might be a problem though. More titles are starting to favor Dual-Core setups and are blocking single core chips out of the market. For now it should be a beast for processing with lots of speed to last for the years to come, the 512MB of RAM will actually help that stay true. The display resolution is a solid fit for a 7″ screen, dense enough to not be frustrating to read text but not so poor as to look choppy.

Overall ARCHOS is laying down a tablet for the now and it should hold its own for a few years to come in entertainment apps and even more in standard browsing and composition.

The 70b is set to arrive in stores after the holiday season with January arrivals starting at $199, give it a bit of time and dig up more info on the ARCHOS homepage once they get the listing up for the new tablet.