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:★★★★☆