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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 2 - Flashpoint (v. 2) Paperback – May 29, 2007


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  • Series: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593077610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593077617
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Good thing the story line is great and engaging.
Brandon Goodworth
The series began slowly and dragged in the beginning, but here, finally the story shifts to high gear as the Mandalorians enter the picture.
Charlie Gooding
He joins up with Gryph, a Snivvian con artist whose outlandish sense of humor had me laughing out loud at times.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daiho VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
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The first story arc of many comic books tends to be rather lifeless. The authors generally write them not as self-contained stories, but as a writer's guide establishing the major characters, settings, and situations that will carry on for years, if not decades.

The first volume of Dark Horse's KOTOR was as origin stories go fairly entertaining. Despite having the aroma and flavor of Lucas left-overs (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 old roles), writer John Jackson Miller spiced things up with a couple of clever plot twists and great comic timing.

In this second volume, though, he hits his stride, delivering what has to be the funniest comic book of 2007, and certainly the funniest Star Wars comic ever. Forget Tag and Bink. Check out Del and Dob, the Ithorian brothers who woke up on the wrong side of the species. Assigned to track a likely contact of padawan fugitive Zayne Carrick, the pair set in motion a 2-chapter comedy of errors when they decide to take the initiative and capture their contact instead. Besides creating characters that are sure to be fan favorites, Miller also finds at last a voice for Gryph, a character that previously played only a role (the problem-solver who knows where to go and who to ask), but who comes into his own as a key player and comic sidekick in both stories of Flashpoint.

Miller in addition introduces two Mandalorians that will likely be appearing in future stories. The evil genius Demagol is rather crudely drawn. Outfitted in Mandalorian armor, we never see his face or learn much about him except that he is investigating the source of Jedi force abilities in order to neutralize or replicate such powers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Depaz on September 16, 2007
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The writers of this series are following closely the stories of the video games. Not in continuety but in spirit. You can clearly see how the old Jedi Masters abandon and virually disown the war-effort against the brutal Mandalorians and thus condemn the younger knights. I felt that it was THIS that created the new wave of Sith Lords later on. The beleagered young Jedi had to suffer too much without guidance. Then they became powerdrunk and despised their old masters, who had sat out most of the war and all their suffering. Of course they would fall for the Dark Side. Why wouldn't they when half of their old masters already REEK of the Dark Side?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stevenson on April 5, 2008
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Knights of the Old Republic volume 2 is an excellant tale in both adventure and fantasy in the Star Wars expanded universe. The characters, the setting are all one fantastic set piece that holds the torch in what made the Star Wars a phenonmenon. Every page is made up of pure adventure and excitement as the story from a galaxy far, far away. This volumes makes an excellent edition to my trade paper back collection of comics that are part of the pop culture phenonmenon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on July 18, 2007
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Flashpoint uses some tried and true storylines, but the art is very nice and the dialogue is decent. A worthwhile read. I'm working my way through it a second time. Zayne's growing on me....at first I believed to be every stereotypical failed padawan rolled into one bumbling idiot...but he's getting more believable as the pages pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Bindas on July 21, 2007
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Dark Horse continues their tradition of non-Heroes of Yavin stories with another good entry. Zayne is a different breed of Jedi from the typical mold, neither all-powerful or traditional. Great action, great artwork, and a great concept.
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I've been a bit disappointed at how much of the modern Star Wars EU seems to have lost sight of what made the Original Trilogy such a success. Fortunately, John Jackson Miller seems to get it. The KOTOR series starts off with a bang and immediately feels like Star Wars. It's got a gripping story, a great ensemble cast, clever humor, and beautiful imagery.

However, it's not just a rehash of Star Wars. The hero, Zayne Carrick, is a bit of a goofball as a Jedi. However, he's framed for the murder of his fellow Padawans. He joins up with Gryph, a Snivvian con artist whose outlandish sense of humor had me laughing out loud at times. Then there's the mysterious and beautiful Jarael who is as tough as she is lovely (really, I kind of have a crush on her). Finally, the group is joined by Rohlan Dyre, a Mandalorian who questions the war.

The Flashpoint arc is a bit of a departure from Zayne's quest to clear his name, but it's a fun one. In many ways, it's Rohlan Dyre's arc as we get to see him in action. The story essentially features Dyre, Zayne, and Gryph on a mission to rescue Jarael from a Mandalorian prison camp. Despite the potentially grim scenario, the series manages to keep its trademark humor and sense of adventure. As an added bonus, we also get introduced to Alek (who later becomes Malak from the KOTOR games).

Overall, this is a very promising start to the series. It's fun, just as Star Wars was meant to be.
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i am really loving this series. its a pretty straightforward storyline without too many mysteries, but with enough intrigue and backstory. the flash-backs are easy to follow--too many times in comics its hard to tell where they start and stop. the art is pretty consistent throughout--both pencils and ink really give the characters, well, more character.

rohlan is a great mandalorian, one i hope hasbro considers making.

zayne is a very believable jedi--probably alot like most jedi out there, instead of the super-hero jedi we're used to.

gryph has to be my favorite. he is just enough comic relief without being over the top (unlike the ithorians, but they're not major players). he has great expressions and is easily likeable, but very shady as well.

the best page is where the mandalorians are landing (when gryph exclaims "the mandalorians are attacking...for real). its a gorgeous spread.

i highly suggest picking this, as well commencement up (which i agree does start slow), but it can't all be rising action/climax, can it?
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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.