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Comic Review: Mass Effect: Foundation #2
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Mass Effect: Foundation #2Mass Effect: Foundation #2
Written by Mac Walters
Art by Tony Parker
Colored by Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by Michael Heisler
Covers by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

In Mass Effect: Foundation #2, we are brought through a day at the citadel. Wrex and Rasa separately are trying to track down Mr. Fist. With Rasa’s purpose to delay Wrex, whose aim is to kill Mr. Fist. Wrex though is having fun fighting through the “distractions” and by distractions, I mean thugs and hired killers.

The writing in this issue is great and flows amazingly well. The story is easy to follow, and not particularly long. This is a much more engaging story than the first issue.

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Comic Review: Mass Effect: Foundation #1
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Mass Effect: Foundation #1Mass Effect: Foundation #1
Written by Mac Walters
Art by Omar Francia
Colored by Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by Michael Heisler
Covers by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Mass Effect: Foundation #1 is the first of a 13-part series based on the popular science fiction video game franchise, Mass Effect. Written by Mac Walters and illustrated by Omar Francia, the story takes place 22 years before the first game, looking into the past to establish the origin story for what we can assume will be the main character going forward.

The comic has potential but has a few flaws. The story seems a bit forced and the dialogue more suited for a video game than a comic. The art is inconsistent in a way that seems almost detrimental to the flow. It also didn’t help with following the plot and catching all the exposition. There is nothing particularly great about it, and the problems I mentioned aren’t very obvious, but they are when you read it more than once.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Knight Errant, Volume Three – Escape
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Star Wars: Knight Errant, Volume ThreeStar Wars: Knight Errant
Volume Three – Escape
Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Marco Castiello
Pencil Assists by Andrea Chella
Inks by Vincenzo Acunzo
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Covers by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Cover Price: 18.99

One of the more intriguing additions to the Star Wars expanded universe of recent years has been the Star Wars: Knight Errant series, scripted by John Jackson Miller. Set several years before Darth Bane obliterated the Sith of the old, and established the infamous Rule Of Two, Knight Errant follows the solo efforts of young Jedi Knight Kerra Holt.

Far from the safety of the Republic, Holt becomes lost behind Sith lines. The Sith, having evolved from the era of Knights Of The Old Republic, have spread across an area of the galaxy dominated by family bloodlines consistently warring against each other’s offshoots. With several chief Sith Lords (few of which carry the Darth prefix) concerned with establishing and maintaining their own power, Kerra discovers that the innocent populace of the Sith dominated planets suffer under their rule, and focuses on remaining in the region to help as many innocents as possible.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Volume Three: The Lost Suns
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Star Wars: The Old Republic, Volume Three – The Lost SunsStar Wars: The Old Republic, Volume Three – The Lost Suns
Written by Alexander Freed
Pencils by Dave Daza, George Freeman, Dave Ross
Inks by Mark McKenna
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $18.99

Continuing an era begun in Knights Of The Old Republic, Volume Three of the graphic novel series based upon The Old Republic (the latest Star Wars MMORPG) takes a glimpse of several individuals caught up in what seems to be the tail end of the new war between the Jedi and the Republic against the Sith and their Empire. The Lost Suns delivers a unique glimpse of the Star Wars galaxy of the era, through the eyes of a wonderfully individual team serving as our heroes and protagonists.

Theron Shan is the primary character we follow through this collected edition, essentially a spy or secret agent, fulfilling a role echoing that of Jahan Cross from another Dark Horse Star Wars series, Agent Of The Empire. This time, however, Theron has an ancestry that rivals that of the Skywalkers – his mother is Satelle Shan, current Grand Master of the Jedi Order; and descended from some of the greatest Jedi of all time: Revan and Bastila Shan.

There is just one problem: he is blind to the Force. Despite his ancestry, Shan is unable to access or use the Force. Caught up in the detriment of the war against the Sith Emperor, Satelle Shan passed care of her infant son to another Jedi Master called Ngani Zho, who was deemed too old for the war. In spite of the boy’s inability to touch the Force, Zho trained Theron in the ways of the Jedi, until they separated during his teenage years.

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Comic Review: Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic: War #4 and #5
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Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #4Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic: War #4 and #5
Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Andrea Mutti
Inks by Pierluigi Baldanassi
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Issue #4 Release Date: April 11, 2012
Issue #5 Release Date: May 09, 2012
Issue #4 Cover Price: $3.50
Issue #5 Cover Price: $3.50

The concluding chapters of KOTOR: War completes the prospect of an escalating war between the Republic and the Mandalorians through the eyes of former Jedi, Zayne Carrick. The final two issues of the Star Wars series deliver a satisfying conclusion, which sadly smarts from some somewhat disjointed storytelling. Despite this, the concluding episodes fare much better than the initial episodes, indicating that it should make for some fair reading as a collected edition.

To set the stage, the Republic is deep into its crusade against the Mandalorians. Unwillingly drafted into armed forces representing his home world, ex-Jedi Zayne Carrick eventually finds himself captured by a group of Mandalorians lead by several disgruntled former Jedi Masters. Redubbing themselves as “The Mandalorian Knights,” they set their sights on prolonging the war against the Republic.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #2
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Comic Review: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #2Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #2
Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Andrea Mutti
Inks by Pierluigi Baldassini
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

Knights Of The Old Republic: War continues with its next issue, bringing with it a little enlightenment into some of the new characters introduced in the debut publication. Along with some more depth into the culture of the Mandalorian Warriors, KOTOR: War strays rather from the traditional Revan/Malak and Jedi/Sith tome, and looks more into the impact of an ancient war on specific individuals.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #1
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Knights of the Old RepublicStar Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: War #1
Written by John Jackson Miller
Pencils by Andrea Mutti
Inks by Pierluigi Baldassini
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

Following the highly anticipated release of the new MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dark Horse has published a new related series in the form of Knights Of The Old Republic: War. Similarly to recent novel, Star Wars The Old Republic: Revan, the new KOTOR story arc promises to help build the bridge of continuity, adding more insight into the events during this era of the Star Wars universe.

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Comic Review: Star Wars: The Old Republic-The Lost Suns #4
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Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars: The Old Republic #4Star Wars: The Old Republic-The Lost Suns #4
Written by Alexander Freed
Pencils by Dave Ross, George Freeman
Inks by Mark McKenna
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Michael Heisler
Covers by Benjamin Carré
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 14, 2011
Cover Price: $3.50

One of my favorite time periods in the Star Wars universe is the Old Republic. The original game for Xbox is one of my all time favorites. It is with this background that I dove into Star Wars: The Old Republic #4.

This issue follows two Jedi spies who are on an Imperial ship. Here we learn what is making it possible for the Empire to build their power weapons and ships so quickly, the Sun Razer. The Sun Razer harvests the energy of the Sun and allows the Empire to use the energy. One of the Jedi ends up having worked on the slave planet that built the prototype, and he is dealing with the guilt of not stopping the Sun Razer from being built.

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