EUC Review: KotOR #47 and #48

With the announcement of the conclusion of Knights of the Old Republic comic series, fans have been dreading and enjoying each issue, knowing that soon the ride will come to an end. The comic series will finish with issue #50. Today, EUC staff member Lawrence Davis reviews issue #47 and #48. Keep reading for the reviews.

Knights of the Old Republic #47 : Demon, Part 1

Author: John Jackson Miller Artist: Brian Ching Release date: November 18th, 2009 Pages: 40 Era: Old Republic Era

The trial of Demagol, the twisted Mandalorian researcher, is finally underway on Coruscant—headed by none other than the Jedi Malak, a favorite of fans of the Knights of the Old Republic video game! Malak is going to make sure that Demagol, a specimen of true Mandalorian evil and deception, is made an example of and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Amidst the trial, Zayne Carrick and his friends are learning a lot about deception in their own ranks—and what they discover will threaten the life of one of their own!

The final story arc in the Knights of the Old Republic series begins!  John Jackson Miller begins “Demon” by placing Demagol on trial for his crimes.  Demagol is a Mandalorian POW captured way back in the second story arc for experimentation on Jedi, including Malak, to discover a way to easily defeat the Jedi.  But now the tables have turned and Malak can’t wait to testify against the Mandalorian in the old Senate building. Also to testify against Demagol is Zayne Carrick joined by Gryph, Slyssk, and Elbee.  As they watch Demagol be escorted into the old Senate, Zayne and Gryph begin discussing the main theme of the issue: secrets.  The secret of how Gryph and Slyssk survived Serroco is revealed (outside a very impressive restaurant), and Elbee chimes in with a very disturbing secret he’s kept for all these issues.  In a hand full of panels, Miller creates such a twist that the story becomes quite the thriller. For Brian Ching, he continues to provide enjoyable art.  Although there’s no multipage duel, Ching draws a single panel where a Force power is used in a very Force Unleashed fashion.  And along with the dark colors and Miller’s dialogue, such a combination of great talent sets quite the prelude for all we’ve come to enjoy in the Knights of the Old Republic videogame. It’s disappointing for me to learn that this will be the last story arc in this series, but Miller and Ching set it up to be one that will end on a high note.  Secrets continue to be revealed, making me confident that all we’ve experienced in this title will be nicely concluded by the end of this arc.

Review Score: 4.0 4.0/5.0 Kath Hounds

Knights of the Old Republic #48 : Demon, Part 2

Author: John Jackson Miller Artist: Brian Ching Release date: December 23rd, 2009 Pages: 40 Era: Old Republic Era

Once again a fugitive from justice, former Jedi student Zayne Carrick and his partner Gryph finally find out the truth behind their enemy, the macabre Mandalorian scientist Demagol. Yet they've learned it too late to save a friend from deadly peril! The origin of Demagol is finally revealed!

Part 2 of Demon is full of revealed secrets.  As our heroes (and enemies) head to their next targets, the real Demagol’s past is shared, and when looking at the past, the artist gets to draw several familiar characters from the old days of the Old Republic and even a few Jedi/Sith artifacts. After setting up the twist in the last issue, John Jackson Miller takes the time to say “this is how it works”.  And he doesn’t just do it only with the villain but does the same with our hero, Zayne Carrick.  The fans are definitely in the same boat as Gryph when he mutters “I’m supposed to be the mastermind around here!” Brian Ching continues to be a lucky artist in this story.  Not only did he get to draw a great image of Exar Kun’s duel with his master on the Senate floor last issue, Brian got to illustrate some images of Kun’s ally, Ulic Qel-Droma and the Jedi Master Arca Jeth.  The story even sets up the chance for the illustration of some nice lightsabers.  Although one was modeled off the wrong hilt, it was great to see the blade, anyway, with more expected of it next issue. With the continued great writing and storytelling of John (like “Mandalorian Knights”) and consistent art from Brian (did the Iskalloni look like Borg?), we now have the stage set and most unknowns known, and we can only be sure to expect great action for the last couple issues!

Review Score: 4.0 4.0/5.0 Kath Hounds

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Austin Blankenship is the webmaster of EUCantina. He is a host of our official podcast, EUCast, and also founded our sister website, Austin helped turn EUCantina from a forum into a website in 2007, and continues to operate the site and the EUC social media accounts. Austin works as a librarian in a small town above Atlanta, Georgia.