Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement is a great start to a great series. I was pulled in from the beginning because of the way it starts out with a bang and takes a slightly different approach to a story than most other Star Wars tales that I’ve read so far. I’m ready for the next installment.
The characters start out a bit extreme. Zayne in particular seems overly clumsy (like a certain not-so-beloved Star Wars amphibian). However, after a while it becomes easier to identify with him as a hero much more like the rest of us. By the end of the graphic novel he’s much better and his final line that concludes the graphic novel is both memorable and something that we say all the time. Excellent writing on John Jackson Miller’s part.
Some elements of the plot did seem unrealistic and confusing. The motives behind the Jedi Masters’ decision to kill their own padawans seem very weak and underdeveloped. It would take a lot more rationalization to do such a thing not to mention a large measure of evil. However, overlooking this fact the story is marginally original, interesting, full of well-written humor, and a nice blend of everything good in a graphic novel.
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