The Awful Adventures of Zayne Carrick continue and, well, we actually get a really neat mixture of stories and character backstories. I might be doing this whole thing backwards though because I’m pretty sure I wrote the most about the shortest arc this time around. Oh well?
On with the KOTOR!
Script by John Jackson Miller, Art by Brian Ching, Colors by Michael Atiyeh, Lettering by Michael Heisler
Homecoming is really the only thing that this standalone issue could have been called. Lucien and the other Masters return to Coruscant to report back to both the Jedi Council and their manipulators: Lucien’s own mother (Krynda) and Haazen (a failed padawan.) We get a hell of a lot of backstory and our very first encounter with the person who will become Revan! Continue reading
And so the KOTOR project actually begins! Interestingly enough, we start with that I remember least. Despite making it my goal to get all of these comic omnibuses as Dark Horse released them, I haven’t actually cracked them open yet so it’s been a very long time since I’ve read these comics. Essentially, I remember the first arc and that’s uhhh mostly it. (Look, it’s hard keeping so much Star Wars in your brain when you read almost everything regardless of era.)
Point is… this is going to be fun!
Script by John Jackson Miller, Art by Brian Ching and Travel Foreman, Colors by Michael Atiyeh, Lettering by Michael Heisler
When you make a list of the Jedi that you don’t want to be, the first name on the list should probably be Anakin Skywalker. The second name on the list should be Zayne Carrick. There are a lot of different ways that you could subtitle this first comic arc. Zayne Carrick: Not Great At This Jedi Thing. Zayne Carrick: Having A Really Bad Day. Zayne Carrick: Doesn’t Deserve This Crap. Zayne Carrick: Proud Member Of The You-Try-So-Hard Club. Somehow, they’re all accurate. That poor boy.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a girl got a bad idea. Or perhaps it was a good idea. Honestly, it depends on your point of view. Today is a grand tradition in Tosche Station history. Back in 2012, this marked the start of the Waru Express and in 2013, it marked the start of the Hondo Caravan. I took two years off but this feels like the right time to start another big project. 2016 just feels like the right time to embark on a reread and replay of the Knights of the Old Republic comics and games.
How’s this going to work? That’s an excellent question! I’ll be covering the comics a few arcs at a time in a similar method to what I did with the Waru and the Hondo. There will likely be squeeing and snark and also gifs. Definitely gifs. For the games, well… I’m still working on that part but there will probably be a post for every planet. (Honestly, this part is up to you guys! I’m going to look into livestreaming my game play and maaaaaybe figuring out how to put together a short little highlights video for every post too.)
There is one twist for this particular project: cosplay. I’ll be working on a Visas Marr costume for Celebration/Dragon Con next year and it seems appropriate that I include any updates about the costume’s progress as this retrospective moves along. (It also has the side benefit of publicly shaming me if I don’t get any work done on it.)
Knights of the Old Republic is one of those games that I adore and will always adore until the end of time. I’m genuinely excited to reread the comics because it’s been a few years and even more excited to play through the games again because R E V A N <3 This will also be the very first time that I’m playing through the second game with the cut content restored thanks to mods. I look forward to having my heart broken.
If you’d like to follow my progress on Twitter, I’ll be using the hashtag #HKExcursion. The full list is below although the order of the planets for the games is subject to change depending on what I decide on playing first. Continue reading