Review: Knight Errant – Escape #5

Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Marco Castiello
Pencil Assists by Andrea Chella
Inks by Vincenzo Acunzo
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Lettering by Michael Heisler
Cover Art by Benjamin Carrè

With the Helm of Ieldis now in Odion’s possession, everyone, Jedi and Sith alike, rush to Vanahame in order to stop Lord Odion before he uses the Helm on the entire galaxy.  Star Wars: Knight Errant – Escape comes to its conclusion, and not everyone appears to come out of it in one piece.

Knight Errant – Escape #5

Everything required to make Odion’s plan fall into place has been carefully plotted by John Jackson Miller in past issues, even when this reader believed a future plot point was coming into play and wouldn’t be affecting this miniseries’ conclusion.  Kerra Holt shares some important philosophical knowledge in her last ditch effort to stop Lord Odion, and it adds greatly to her own character’s drive than just words muttered in defiance of the Sith.  Miller’s script also draws on some moments from the Star Wars films and allows the art team to be creative with how it lays out a page of panels.

For the conclusion, much like past issues, the art team of Marco Castiello, Andrea Chella, Vincenzo Acunzo, and Michael Atiyeh gets to illustrate a wide variety of moments, from lightsaber battles to evil “Sithy” grins.  The greatest moment is the page that reminds me a lot of Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader before the Emperor at Endor, and using the Helm’s powers to divide the panels was a brilliant move to add to the moment’s intensity.  The creepiest moments that capture all it means to be a Sith are detailed in any moment where Lord Odion is very pleased with how his plan is proceeding.  Kudos to the art team on this miniseries, which continued to capture the lived-in-and-dirty feeling that is the Star Wars universe.

A lot can be said about certain moments, certain panels, and certain expressions, and it’s all thanks to the continued stories of Miller and those who illustrate his works.  I’m not sure what’s next in Kerra Holt’s future, but for the moment, it appears one Jedi surrounded by Sith Lords fighting and hurting everyone to lay claim to a small piece of space can make a difference for good when it all seemed like an unachievable goal back in the first issue of Knight Errant.

4.0/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Lawrence Davis joined EUCantina.net near its start, served as one of the original hosts for EUCast, and now reviews Star Wars comics since he consumes too many comics each week. He grew up watching the Star Wars films over and over again, and he dived into the EU after reading the X-wing book series and the New Jedi Order novel, Conquest.