Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Release Date: January 11th, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
(Victor Valley)–Welcome to a Star Wars universe you may not be familiar with. Set thousands of years before Anakin became a masked pop culture icon, before Han shot first, there was a war-and not a clone war. No, the war has been touched on in Star Wars lore for years: say hello to the front lines of the Mandalorian War. Set in the time period of the recently released Star Wars: The Old Republic PC game, fans can learn more about the time period with this new jumping on point. Thanks to the awesome people at Dark Horse, I am able to review the newest entry to the Star Wars universe over two weeks before its release. So, is it worth the journey?
Story: As I stated above, this book starts in the middle of the Mandalorian War. Mandalorians, a nomadic warrior clan composed of different races and species that love the taste of battle, are waging war against the Republic. If the word Mandalorian sounds familiar, it should: infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett hails from the Mandalore lineage. Entering the battle on the side of the Republic are the Jedi, and with them a young Jedi named Zayne Carrick. Carrick, who was drafted and doesn’t see war as the answer, now finds himself on the front lines.
The Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) era is no stranger to comic fans, having nine collected editions already. The main protagonist here, Zayne, was the lead in the previous titles; but don’t let the history scare you. I have never read a KOTOR books until now, yet this books is easily accessible and not bogged down with past history. Writer John Jackson Miller, who has written many Star Wars books including the previous KOTOR comic books series, returns here with something spectacular. With twists and turns along the way, this first issue sets up readers for a roller coaster ride of a tale.
Art: Andrea Mutti, who has worked on books with publishers such as Dark Horse, Marvel and IDW, crafts the artwork for this debut issue. The book has the classic feel that we have come to love from the beloved franchise: lightsabers, alien species, an emotionally torn hero, and some well designed, imposing villains.
Overall: As I stated before, I had never read a Star Wars KOTOR book, but that made no difference here. This first issue serves as perfect jumping on point, which leaves off at a point that will make you want to come back for the next issue. Highly Recommended, I give Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic-War #1 a ***** out of 5.