Friday, February 9, 2007

Review: Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement

I've given up purchasing individual comic books. I like the ease of use of getting the full story in one fell swoop.

Commencement as a story line is a great, fun introduction to the characters.

We have our hero, Zayne, the story's villains in the Jedi Covenant and the supporting cast of Gryph, Camper and Jarael. You have the rickety, decrepit spaceship and even the required droid in the form of an upgraded T1-LB.

I liked this story. A lot. It was fun, it introduced the characters, and it provided a good hook, and story impetuous for the long-term. We have the conflict of if Zayne will clear his name? Will he get caught?

And of course, will he kiss Jarael?

The Covenant themselves were fun as well. It's great seeing the bad guys not being Sith but rather being Jedi who think they're following the Will of the Force.

Brian Ching and Travel Foreman pencils are clear and concise. Beautifully drawn. I think they're really great and am ecstatic at seeing such clean lines in a Star Wars comic, because frankly, I'm still cringing at the artwork every time I re-read my copy of Dark Empire.

We have a good story that works, beautiful artwork, vibrant characters, and the proper amount of tension and resolution for an ongoing series of this nature.

And it feels like Star Wars.

I give it a 10/10.

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