EUC Review: KotOR #49 and #50

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 #49 and #50. Keep reading for the reviews.

Knights of the Old Republic #49 : Demon, Part 3

Author: John Jackson Miller Artist: Brian Ching Release date: January 20, 2010 Pages: 40 Era: Old Republic Era

The penultimate chapter of the most epic Knights of the Old Republic story ever told!

It is do or die for former Padawan Zayne Carrick as he desperately tries to save Jarael's life. He'll call in favors from the Senate, the Mandalorian Cassus Fett, and Admiral Karath of the Republic Navy -- but none can prepare him for what he's about to face! Plots begin to close within the penultimate issue of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. As characters reflect on whats come before, how dire situations have worked out prior, and with shadows cast on every panel for dark secrets, John Jackson Miller and Brian Ching continue setting up for the final issue. John brings characters to the stage from the game once more to tie up loose ends and show the continuing lead up to the Knights of the Old Republic games.  With a coordinates now in hand, Zayne Carrick and his allies move towards Jarael but not without reflecting on how even a Jedi’s “disability” could also be a Jedi’s strength.  As for Jarael and Demagol, Chantique returns and Demagol begins to show more of his true self.  John includes some interesting pieces of dialogue, but the story seems to put all its excitement into the next issue and not as much here, even with the few brief fights. The art for those fights are well done, even a two page spread panel which we haven’t seen too many, if any, in this series.  Brian really delivers in this issue with the shadows in the story reflected in the shadows on most panels as the characters reveal their secrets, and he gets to draw everything from a small space skirmish to players sitting around a table to the start of a lightsaber showdown.  If the story saves for issue 50, I get excited for what art will be saved when it was so well done here. Although somewhat disappointing that everything seems saved for the finale, John and Brian deliver another interesting issue for the characters and readers as we near the end of Knights of the Old Republic.

Review Score: 4.0 4.0/5.0 Kath Hounds

Knights of the Old Republic #50 : Demon, Part 4

Author: John Jackson Miller Artist: Brian Ching Release date: February 17, 2010 Pages: 40 Era: Old Republic Era The saga of Zayne Carrick, the Padawan-turned-undercover-and-unexpected-hero, ends in this last issue of the series that has been a part of the Dark Horse Star Wars line since 2006! Don’t miss this final issue! Zayne and the Mandalorian Rohlan rush to aid their friend Jarael against the demented scientist Demagol and the vicious slaver Chantique. If they can arrive in time, there is a chance that everything will turn out in their favor—but with Zayne's ever-awkward connection to the Force, nothing is certain . . “The Final Battle” of “Demon” and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic concludes in issue #50!  It’s been a standard year since Zayne Carrick was first framed for murdering his fellow padawans and now races to save Jarael from not just Demagol but herself.  Many surprises occur in this finale written by John Jackson Miller with art by Brian Ching. The last issue was clearly written to build up to this issue. Although slightly disappointing to have little happen in #49, John gives a dynamite ending with an interesting twist to Demagol’s plans.  Besides Gryph returning for a last bit of Snivvian entertainment on Coruscant, John leaves us with our two main heroes with their futures before them together and a possibility of more if there’s ever more to tell. Brian Ching finishes the story with great panels for John’s words.  The final showdown on Osadia is split into a few different exchanges between different characters, but when the final blow is given, Brian gives an excellent panel to finish it all. For the conclusion on Coruscant, Jarael’s expression when Zayne reveals his gift captures her feelings perfectly and leads right into the final embrace.
John Jackson Miller gave the series 50 fun-filled issues to add to the Star Wars universe.  However, we all know he’s not through yet and we’ll wait eagerly for his stories in the next series and can only hope to have the same excellent art work to accompany him in it.  May the Force be with them as it was for this series.

About the Author

Austin Blankenship is the webmaster of EUCantina. He is a host of our official podcast, EUCast, and also founded our sister website, SoloSound.net. 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.