Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the
Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone
Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters,
charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training.
From a squat, scheming Snivvian con man to refugees from the
treacherous under-city of the planet Taris, Zayne Carrick
will find unexpected allies in his desperate race to clear
his name before the unmerciful authorities enact swift retribution
upon him. The wildest adventure in the ancient history of
Star Wars beings here...
the first in the Knights of the Old Republic series
of graphic novels, and what a way to kick off the series.
Carrick is a Padawan in training to be a Jedi Knight. No one,
including himself, thinks that he will pass the test. He arrives
late to a meeting, only to discover his fellow Padawan have
been slaughtered by their masters. Fearful for his life Carrick
takes off, but is surprised to discover that there is a warrant
out for his arrest - his former teacher is claiming that Carrick
killed his classmates in a fit of jealousy.
must find out why his colleagues were slaughtered before he
is found and brought to trial, but as the evidence mounts,
he starts to wonder whether he actually did kill his friends.
collection has a great, tight script. I was worried for a
while that this was going to be one of those clichéd
tales where the events were all part of a test - that his
friends were not dead at all - and if Carrick passed then
he would become a Jedi. Thankfully this wasn't the case, and
what we end up with is a pretty exciting adventure.
only slight complaint, more of a nit-pick really, is that
this story is supposed to be set thousands of years before
the events that unfold in Episode IV: A New Hope. Now,
while I know this is a different galaxy, the technology represented
here is not too dissimilar to the movie. Are they seriously
suggesting that there are droids, lightsabres, flying vehicles
and holographic recording equipment, all of which goes virtually
unchanged for thousands of years?
ignore my anal ramblings and enjoy this entertaining offering.