Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1

In 2006, Dark Horse shakes up their Star Wars comic line by ending both Star Wars: Republic and Star Wars: Empire and replacing them with four new titles: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Legacy, and Star Wars: Dark Times.  The first of these new titles is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic which debuts in January 2006.  The series takes place close to the time of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game.  No doubt due to the popularity of the game, the comic series uses the same title.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1 is the first part of a 6-part story titled Commencement.  The tale sets up the initial status quo for the series with Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick on the run and framed for the murder of his fellow Padawans.  The Jedi Masters, members of the Jedi Covenant, had a premonition about one of their Padawans becoming a Sith Lord and murder their students to prevent this from happening, but Zayne manages to escape.  Zayne is joined by Gryph, Jarael, and Camper as he sets out to take revenge on the Jedi Covenant and clear his name.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (January 2006)
The cover shows Zayne Carrick cradling the body of a fallen Padawan, while the Jedi Masters advance on him with their lightsabers drawn.

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