Young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his even younger Padawan
Anakin Skywalker protect a senator from assassination. Joining
the Jedi in their mission is Sagoro Autem, loyal Senate Guard.
Yet, as Obi-Wan and Anakin fend of a league of master assassins,
Autem discovers a link between the killers that will change
his own life forever - a secret he will not be able to face
until the Clone Wars have comes and gone, and he finds himself
on the run from the new Emperor's enforcer. Darth Vader...
and Duty collects
together two different stories that were originally printed
in issues #46, #48 and #78 of the Dark Horse Star Wars:
Republic series of comic books. Both
tales revolve around Sagoro
Autem, a painfully loyal Senate Guard, who puts his work before
everything - much to his family's frustration.
first tale (Honor and Duty) sees Obi-Wan Kenobi and
Anakin Skywalker employed to protect a member of the Senate
from assassination. This doesn't go down too well with the
Senate Guards, who feel that they are more than capable of
doing their job without Jedi interference.
this is merely the backdrop for the main story, the life of
Autem and his family. Fighting on, what he believes is, the
side of truth and justice, Autem won't let anything get in
the way of the greater good. However, when his son breaks
the law we quickly learn that he can bend the rules a little
when it suits him.
second story (Loyalties) takes place between Episode
III and IV. Darth Vader is being introduced to
the troops as the Emperor's right hand man, and some of the
Emperor's guards are starting to get a little concerned about
their bosses motives. Autem is one of the guards that witnesses
the full wrath of Lord Vader's anger and realises that everything
he once held dear is crumbling in front of him.
not that there are any major shocks, just an interesting perspective
from which to view the whole twist in the Star Wars saga
- one that all Star Wars fans already know. It's the
fact that you start to feel for Autem that makes this the
great read that it is. It was a brave move to take a background
character, that of a Senate Guard, and weave an intricate
tale around how these law enforcers found themselves changing
sides (from good to evil) without really realising what was
is one of the best Star Wars releases I've read in
a long time - and certainly the most interesting tale I've
seen that doesn't use the franchise's main characters as a
crutch to keep you interested.