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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Vol. 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593076401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593076405
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up—On the opening page of this compilation, readers are reminded that "The events in this story take place approximately 3,964 years before the Battle of Yavin." Even though the action occurs before the traditional Star Wars saga, those familiar only with the first Star Wars characters won't feel lost: these stories are peopled with characters that represent the same worlds and situations laid down in the original framework. Zayne Carrick is one of five padawan who are about to take part in a ceremony to see which of them will be knighted, and Zayne thinks he has no chance because he is totally inept. The Mandolorian War is heating up and the Jedi council is split on whether to join or not. It is an exciting time and about to get more so. The "Knights of the Old Republic" stories explore the motives and reasoning that add a gray area to the black and white, good and bad, of Jedi versus Sith that the original stories lack. The artwork is colorful and kinetic. This book is a thrill ride not to be missed, a nonstop action story that will captivate readers.—Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA
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About the Author

John Jackson Miller is the author of the national best-selling novel, Star Wars: Knight Errant, nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels, and the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. Author of several books about comic-book history, he also runs the research website, The Comics Chronicles.

More About the Author

Author John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's best known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series from Dark Horse. His Star Wars: Kenobi hardcover releases in August 2013, and his own SF work Overdraft: The Orion Offensive is now available.

He's written comics for Mass Effect, Iron Man, The Simpsons, and Indiana Jones, and has written for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Production notes on all his works can be found at his fiction site (farawaypress.com).

Miller is also a noted comics industry historian, specializing in studying comic-book circulation as presented on his website, The Comics Chronicles (comichron.com). He also coauthored the Standard Catalog of Comic Books series.

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The art is very good and the story is interesting.
Scott Bauserman
This one is the first installment of the series and kicks things off to a good start.
grognard
This is the starting point of the series and a MUST OWN for any Star Wars fan.
J.C. Weyand

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam Trash on February 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I just recently started playing KOTOR again, and saw this book at my local comic shop and decided to pick it up. I got home that same evening and was going to browse through it while I waited for the game to load. Instead, I ended up reading it cover to cover and forgot all about the game! It's great! I became so totally immersed in the story that the next day, I went out and picked up issues 7-12. I recommend it even if you've never played the games.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on March 26, 2007
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It's nearly 4,000 years before the birth of Luke Skywalker. Zayne Carrick is a Jedi initiate with some minor abilities in the Force and a ton of bad luck. Stationed with a team of Jedi masters and four peers in training on a planet on the outskirts of a war-torn region of space, Zayne is expecting to fail when the other initiates are knighted into the Jedi order. But when he arrives at the ceremony, he finds his friends dead at the hands of their masters. He escapes before he too can be murdered, and he soon finds himself on the run along with a handful of fellow fugitives.

This is the first chapter of what looks to be a fascinating story by John Jackson Miller. Brian Ching and Travel Foreman provide bold, colorful art to tell the tale. Zayne is an interesting character who, like the future Luke, is forced by circumstances to rise to the occasion. The question is, will he seek justice -- or revenge?

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lorraine on June 7, 2007
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As a fan of Star Wars I was not disappointed by this book. Without giving much away, it really captured the feel of Star Wars for me with high action, comedy, some drama, and the occasional serious overtones. It both entertained me and made me think a little. It has some interesting plot points which make you think and creates a mystery type feel to the book. I'd highly recommend this to anyone: casual fans and hardcore addicts will find plenty to enjoy here. (Also, if you've ever been disappointed with other Star Wars books which seem a little too serious or sad (Tales of the Jedi), this one does a good job of not being too sad while still being true to the 'realistic' (bad things happen sometimes) feel of Star Wars.

P.S. It collects issues 1-6 of the series.
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26 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daiho VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
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It seems no one is able to come up with a fresh angle on Star Wars.

Here we have a new series set four millennia prior to the Anakin/Luke saga, a wonderful opportunity to do something different, to try on some new clothes, to even do an extensive makeover. What we get is a rearrangement of the essential elements: a Jedi-centric story featuring a white teenage boy set in the midst of a galaxy-wide war populated with the same old species playing the same tired roles.

The story is the film prequel in reverse. Our "hero," Zayne Carrick, is the evil chosen one, a padawan feared by a secret group of Jedi seers to be the next Sith Lord. Framing Carrick for murder, the Jedi cabal intends to arrest and then liquidate him - and all on a very flimsy pretense. In a seance-like trance, the seers have a joint vision of a Sith in a red suit. And, by gosh, Garrick has a red environment suit that looks eerily similar, in a trance induced dream-like way. Even George Bush had more credible evidence for his adventure in Iraq.

Zayne turns the tables by escaping and promising to hunt down every last one of the seers in order to clear his name. So rather than a chosen one who turns out to be the Jedi's nemesis, we have a supposed Sith Lord who appears set to save the Jedi - and the universe.

Admittedly, this is a clever plotting twist and not the only surprise writer John Jackson Miller has up his sleeve. In fact, given the warmed-over flavor of the concept, it's Miller's scripting and plotting chops that rescue the series from utter mediocrity. Besides a sharp wit and deft sense of comic timing, his writing is crisp and cinematic, with no exposition to slow the pace of events.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Ha on December 29, 2006
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I played both KOTOR and KOTOR II and reading this comic reminds me of all the things that are familiar in the game. To me, this is similar to the comic book version of the Star Wars Episodes. What's more, it gives more depth to the story than the linear plot the game gives. this is like watching another game set in the same story play out. I love the games and i enjoy this comic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CB on September 9, 2007
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It's nearly 3,900 years before Episode IV. On the city-planet Taris, Jedi padawan Zayne Carrick is about as big a bumbler as one can get - in fact, he's so inept that he's become a running joke not only with his fellow padawan, but with their masters as well. However, the laughter's over once Zayne's classmates are found murdered on the night they are to be promoted to Jedi Knights - and Zayne is the prime suspect. What ensues is a chase through the many urban levels of Taris and the surrounding solar system as Zayne tries to figure out how he became framed for the crime and discover the true killers. Along the way he befriends the wily smuggler Gryph and a pair of offbeat scofflaws as the evidence mounts - and points to a solution no one expected.

I have to be honest - I didn't expect very much out of this volume; I picked it up on a whim. What drew me to it was Brian Ching's pencil work (those of you familiar with his art on the Clone Wars series know what I'm talking about - it is dramatic and reminiscent of the conceptual work of Ian McCaig; Ching pencils most of this volume), but I also found myself interested in the story. Certainly, it is not an original plot by any means - this kind of tale is about as standard as any you'll find. Additionally, none of the characters are too relatable or innovative. However, the dark thoroughfares that this Star Wars yarn takes you down are surprisingly compelling, and the ending quite unexpected, and none too tidy. I'll be interested to take a look at Vol. 2. Recommended for the Star Wars fan and those looking for some great artwork.
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