There are many, many comics in the world of Star Wars. The ones I have here vary in era, art, publication date, publisher, and style, but they are all interesting releases both to the old Expanded Universe as well as the new canon. They are listed in order based on the Battle of Yavin. Just remember, this is a highlight on a small fraction of a larger whole.
Knights of the Old Republic: Vindication (3963 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (7 Issues)
Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist(s): Brian Ching, Bong Dazo, Joe Pimentel, Michael Atiyeh
The 6th graphic novel installment of Knights of the Old Republic contains “Exalted” parts 1 and 2, “Turnabout,” and “Vindication” parts 1-4. In “Exalted,” Zayne and his companions make their way to the planet of Odryn, the home of the Feeorins, the race of Feln, one of the Jedi masters responsible for the murder of the Padawan learners. On this planet is a sacred building with old Sith artifacts, items that Zayne can potentially use to prove he is not the rising Sith in question, but that someone else is. When Zayne and Feln fight, the old Jedi master finds that his ways have gone against his own people. In “Turnabout,” some of the Jedi Masters on the high council learn Zayne’s true story, but Zayne and Gryph are captured just as they are about to head back to Coruscant to save the prophetess. “Vindication” exhibits the main conclusion to the first part of KotOR, where the truth is revealed on all sides, and the Sith makes himself known, but some still cannot seem to accept this as truth. Will Zayne return to the Jedi?
KotOR is a bit slow and lacks excitement in many ways, but this volume really picked up the pace and finally brought justice to where it needed to be served. It is an interesting conclusive piece, yet there is more to the KotOR story, which I am looking forward to seeing where the main character end up and what they will be doing next.
Jedi: The Dark Side (53 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (5 Issues)
Writer: Scott Allie
Artist(s): Mahmud Asrar, Stephane Roux
This story gives us a bit of Qui-Gon’s past before Obi-Wan became his Padawan. Qui-Gon is sent on a mission to a world that is about to break out into civil war. He caution’s his Padawan to not bring emotions into the mission because it is his Padawan’s home planet, and his father is the king. With conflicting emotions, both Qui-Gon and his Padawan will face the Dark Side in some way.
Overall, this series was okay. Not great, but not terrible. The art and story are average, but it you are a Qui-Gon fan, it is an interesting snippet from his past. This series also features characters that are mentioned int he Scholastic Jedi Apprentice series as well, so younger readers may be more interested in this story line and the characters, especially if they have been previously exposed to the Jedi Apprentice series.
Star Wars the Clone Wars: Endgame (Vol 9) (19 BBY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Issues)
Writer: John Ostrander, Welles Hartley
Artist(s): Jan Duursema, Douglas Wheatley
This is the last installment of the Star Wars: Clone Wars graphic novels. It contains “Into the Unknown” parts 1 and 2, “Hidden Enemy” parts 1, 2, and 3, and “Purge,” which I have reviewed as a part of its own graphic novel compilation previously. This volume has a lot going on and is vastly interesting. We get to see a closer look at the Jedi perspective during the execution of Order 66. Quinlan is a major character in this event. When Quinlan realizes what is happening, he aims to escape for his life, thinking of his wife (?) and unborn child. When an unexpected ally tells the troopers that he killed Quinlan to cover for him, the two escape and eventually make it to the remaining Jedi. Not much else is known of what happens to Quinlan in later years, but there is an instance where Han encounters someone fitting his description…
The other issues in this volume (“Into the Unknown”) features three Jedi, a master and his Padawan who leave their lightsabers and the Jedi path to the past and assimilate into society, and a Jedi who aims to reestablish ties to a race that has lost great economic opportunities to the Chancellor’s ploys, not quite finished being a Jedi yet.
This volume was a phenomenal finish and leaves the reader itching for more about the few Jedi survivors.
Star Wars: Rebel Heist (0-3 ABY)
Publisher: Dark Horse (4 Issues)
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist(s): Marco Castiello, Dan Parsons, Michael Heisler, et. al.
This was an interesting side series, to say the least. Each issue features a spy playing for one side or the other. These are the perspectives of random participants in the war as they see the major characters go through their key events. The first issue features a rebel who encounters Han. When Han is not quite as amazing as he is cooked up to be, the rebel changes sides like the changing of the tide. In the second issue, Leia is aiming to get some codes while the rebel spy assisting her finds the princess to be nothing more than a liability in the field. The third issue an ex-Imperial now Rebel assists Chewbacca in barraging through his mission, but the kid cannot understand a word the Whookie says! In the final issue, the ploys of the four main characters come together to form a solid plot-line from four different outside perspectives.
This graphic novel was interesting in that we get to see a different lens on how the main heroes appear to others. That perspective gives us another side of the Rebellion story that adds a bit more insight. The art is interesting in a chic kind of way.