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Knights of the Old Republic #19

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2007
By: Matthew McLean



Daze of Hate (part 1)

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artists: Bong Dazo, Michael Atiyeh (colors)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics


The human race has a long and fruitful history of weaponizing whatever we can get our hands on. Animal, mineral or vegetable, at some point someone most likely tried to convert it into a weapon. Even biological warfare goes back to nearly the beginning of civilization. In the latest issue of Knights of the Old Republic, readers are shown that other races in the Star Wars universe are just as capable of this type of ingenuity. At the same time, for those readers who are fans of the films and not up on their Star Wars geekery, it answers the question, “what the Hell was that?”

The "that" in question is the giant space slug from Empire Strikes Back. Never mentioned in the films again, the exogorth (as they are scienfitically labeled) have been floating around the galaxy for eons. However, Lord Adasca, leader of an Arkanian biotechnology firm, has begun harvesting these for the purpose of turning them into weapons. In this, he proves two points. One, alien races are as good, if not better, than humans in turning animals into vehicles of war. And two, you don’t need to be a Sith to build something as dangerous as the Death Star.

Lord Adasca is also, to say the least, one ambitious Arkanian. By manipulating the events that have been surrounding the former padawan Zayne and seemingly everyone he’s ever come in contact with, he has brought together a who’s who of the warring galaxy to show off his new exogorth pets. This is an exceptionally dangerous situation to say the least. It’s also makes for a terribly interesting read.

The team behind Knights of the Old Republic has been continually raising the stakes throughout the progression of this book, to great effect. Not only has a situation been created where individuals’ lives are at stake, but it has ramped up to the point where (quite literally) the existence of entire star systems are at stake. This will be a real treat for those who have been keeping up with the title.

The unfortunately named Bong Dazo does an excellent job of bringing this to the page. As the scale of the conflicts changes dramatically throughout the story, this is saying quite a bit. One moment, the book is dealing with some very ground-level, human problems. The next the reader will be looking at gigantic spaceships or space slugs.

The only downside to this issue is that “Daze of Hate” may be a bit confusing as an opening story arc for new readers who want to jump in to this excellent Star Wars line. This is mostly due to the number of existing characters that fill the pages and the fact that there is little room for introductions. However, my advice to anyone who is looking to jump into the book would be to just sit down and grab on.

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