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Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic: Commencement V. 1 (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1)

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Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters, charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training!
From criminals hiding out in the treacherous undercity of the planet Taris, to a burly, mysterious droid recovered from the desolate la
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 23rd 2007 by Titan Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2006)
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Crystal Starr Light
Aug 19, 2014 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans AND comic fans
Recommended to Crystal Starr Light by: Iset
Bullet Review:

WHERE IS VOLUME 2?!

(No worries - Volume 2 is being shipped to my library!)

Full review:

Zayne Carrick is by no stretch of the imagination a great Jedi Padawan; but when he stumbles onto a startling scene, suddenly, he is wanted by the law and the Jedi Order. He ends up teaming up with a small-time scoundrel, Marn Hierogryph, and two junk yard dealers, Camper and Jarael, to flee.

I suppose I ought to toss my Star Wars nerd card out the window for my next statement. I think I'm probably
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Iset
Aug 16, 2014 Iset rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a much loved series for me. In fact it’s my most loved comic series in the Star Wars universe, set in my favourite Star Wars era. If I had to choose to save one era and sacrifice all the others, I’d choose the KOTOR era. Yes, even over the original trilogy, good as that was. KOTOR fans will be familiar with its nascent beginnings, but for those who aren’t, the KOTOR era, set c. 4000 – 3950 years before the original film, grew out of a truly excellent computer game of the same name from B
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Manni
Jul 26, 2015 Manni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harvat sarjakuvat jaksavat innostaa minua, mutta kun sain tilausuuden saada käsiini kasan star wars lehtiä niin en voinut kieltäytyäkkään. Ja onneksi en kieltäytynyt sillä itse ainakin pidin tästä ensimmäisestä tarinasta paljon ja en nää yhtäkään syytä miksi seuraavat osat eivät voisi olla yhtä hyviä.
Katie
Aug 24, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
*finishes my reread*
Me: "BOOM, MIC DROP"
Husband: "Finished the first one?"
Me: "YEAH"
Him: "Isn't it GREAT?"
Me: "YEAH!"

I love everything about this volume.
Steven Shinder
Jan 25, 2016 Steven Shinder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great start for the KOTOR comic book series! It has a mystery that makes the readers question Jedi of this era, and the mystery unfolds with satisfying answers that make their actions make sense. And teaming incompetent Jedi padawan Zayne Carrick with Gryph, the criminal whom he had been trying to catch, is gold. I had already planned on reading the other volumes of this series, but WOW does this make me really excited to read them!
Patrick Hester
Jan 09, 2011 Patrick Hester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Adam
Jun 29, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[This review represents the entire 50-issue KOTOR series]

KOTOR was the first SW comic I'd ever read. For some reason, I'd expected it to be some childish web-comic type thing with a plot that focused on inconsequential elements and plots tangential to the main story of KOTOR. While this bears a grain of truth, the comic is rather more like a complete prequel to the first game than anything else. The characters are well-developed and resonant, and the plots are suitably earth-shattering.

A few wo
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Jay
Jan 16, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
A very nice part of the Star Wars saga. Taking place after the original "Knights of the Old Republic" video games, and before the upcoming MMO "The Old Republic" this series tells the story of young Padawan Zayne Carrick and his adventures. With wit and humor as well as generous action and drama, this book feels a lot like the "Clone Wars" TV series. A lot of mystery a secrets are set up in this first volume for the author to uncover in later stories. The secretive Covenant has set Zayne up for ...more
Jeff Lanter
Nov 03, 2010 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a big fan of the Knights of the Old Republic video games, I was interested to see how the universe would be portrayed in graphic form. I have to say this is an enjoyable first trade that has enough big ideas to make you want to read more. While I would never spoil it, there is an excellent plot twist that changes the whole makeup of the book. Lastly, while the art is very good, I feel the dialogue is better here than most of the other Star Wars graphic novels I've read. It is just a little ...more
Christian Smith
Feb 01, 2016 Christian Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a story about a young padawan accused of killing his fellow friends and then being on the run from his jedi master and other jedi knights.

this actually was a lot better than i thought it would be. besides a kinda slow start it really kept me interested. the mystery of who the great sith was and why the jedi had killed the padawan really made this book great. A+
Ritinha
Mar 19, 2013 Ritinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma arte muito jóia (com cenários muito bem aproveitados para o embasbaque dos sentidos), uma conspiração Jedi (ainda mais suculenta que uma conspiração Sith), um herói improvável e um cúmplice

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incrivelmente mitroso e soberbo. Venham daí as próximas trades.
Naufri
Mar 02, 2017 Naufri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Me acerqué a esta colección gracias al videojuego de Bioware, del mismo nombre. Esperaba que fuera una adaptación contando la misma historia en términos generales, o lo posible de un juego en el que las decisiones tomadas por el jugador son importantes. Pero no, solo mantiene el ambiente (se desarrolla en la misma época) incorporando personajes protagonistas nuevos. Sí que hay guiños de personajes que se mencionan o que incluso aparecen directamente, más toda la saga se desarrolla un poco antes ...more
Jared
Star Wars Legends Project #12

Background: Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement was released in seven issues from January to June 2006. The trade paperback was released in November of that year. It was written by John Jackson Miller and pencilled and inked by Brian Ching and Travel Foreman. Miller is mostly a comics writer, having been heavily involved in the industry for some 20+ years. He began his professional comic writing career with a "Crimson Dynamo" series for Marvel, before going o
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Linette
Feb 07, 2017 Linette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved to follow the epic journey of Zayne Carrick. I simply swallowed the series whole.
Lau Bonilla❤️
Zayne Carrick Forever.....❤❤❤ ...more
Nathanael
Jan 14, 2017 Nathanael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This probably won't be the last time I read this arc. I feel I have not milked for all it's worth.

It definitely does something different with the Star Wars Universe, and in a refreshing way.

I honestly didn't spot more than a few lines that felt clunky.
Albert Nguyen
Jul 19, 2014 Albert Nguyen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: KotOR Video Game Fans
The first half of this review is NOT a review of the entire comic series, just the first volume/story arc. Skip to the end for the entire series review.

Commencement tells the story of Zayne Carrick, a Jedi betrayed by the order. As fate, or the Force, would have it, Zayne finds himself on the wrong end of the law when he is framed for the murder of his fellow padawans. In reality, the culprits were his Jedi masters who rounded up their apprentices and massacred them. Were it not for Zayne's poor
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David Sarkies
Jul 07, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Recommended to David by: A computer Game
Shelves: sci-fi
A Computer Game Spin-off
7 July 2012

I am not a big fan of comic books and other than Tintin and Asterix I was never really able to get into them. I have bought a couple of graphic novels, and suspect that I will get some more (such as a couple of the Spiderman ones) but as mentioned I was never really a fan of comic books and would rarely buy any. I did buy some of the Dungeons and Dragons ones that came out a long time ago, but that had more to do with me wanting anything to do with Dungeons an
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Mmmhhmm
Jul 19, 2015 Mmmhhmm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TThis story follows a young Padawan who is accused of murdering his friends and spends the rest of the series trying to prove his innocence while trying to catch the real killers. This story takes place about 4,000 years before Vader and shows how young the Jedi system was and how corrupt it could be. That even seasoned Jedi Masters with powers beyond our imagination could be spurred into witch hunts, hysteria, and murder, thinking they're doing the right thing. Frankly, I find that a lot more s ...more
Teresa
Sep 01, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement is the first volume of compiled issues containing the first six issues of the series. This is many years before the events of the movies and features the Padawan Zayne Carrick. Not quite as skilled as his fellow Padawans, Zayne is a bit of a jumbled mess. When he comes across his master and the other Jedi of the council having slain all the other Padawan learners, Zayne makes a run for it. His master and the other Jedi easily find him with their insight ...more
Yves
Mar 12, 2012 Yves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, bd, sf
La guerre qu'Exar Kun a fait contre ses anciens collègue Jedi trente ans plus tôt a laissé bien des marques chez certains Jedi. Après avoir eu une vision, cinq maîtres Jedi décident d'éliminer leurs Padawans pour les empêcher de devenir des Sith. Cependant, Zayne Carrick, le jeune apprenti maladroit de Lucien arrive à s'en sortir. Il s'ensuit donc une chasse à l'homme contre le jeune Padawan qui est injustement accusé d'avoir assassiné les autres apprentis.

Commencement est le premier volume des
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David Stoneking
Aug 08, 2011 David Stoneking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I love this series. It takes all the best parts of the original videogame, then throws it in a new settings with great characters. The story follows the path of a padawan Zayne Garrick, kind of a goofball character who's at the bottom of his class in everything he does.

The reveals are great, the characters are fun and interesting. I'm going to be continuing this series from here. Heck, this comic book has rekindled my love for star wars. Highly recommended.

(BIG) Spoilers below:

Since I do
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Christian Petrie
My next comic in the Humble Bundle series. With this one we have jumped closer to the Star Wars universe only being 3,900 years before A New Hope. Here we start to the see more similar things in the Jedi/Sith world.

This was a better read then the previous collection, Dawn of the Jedi. Part of it due to the Jedi being more established so it felt more early history of Star Wars.

The story is about a Padawan who finds out something bad his master and other Jedi masters did. The story involves him fi
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Nicholas
Feb 03, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a compelling story! Knights of the Old Republic is probably one of the more original works in the EU. The story follows Zayne Carrick, a bumbling, clumsy Jedi trainee on Taris and the larger conflict he gets wrapped up in, eventually leading up to the plot of the second Sith War outlined in the KotOR video games and The Old Republic MMO game. There are a lot of twists and turns in this series and I really can't even cover it's premise without giving away huge spoilers. A couple of things th ...more
Oleg Kagan
Jun 09, 2015 Oleg Kagan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
So I was in the mood for some quick reading from the Star Wars universe and came upon the Knights of the Old Republic series. I'm not sure if it's because I don't prefer the comic book style, or if it's specific to this series (or if it's because I'm an old fogey), but I found some of facial expressions, body language, and setup of whole frames confusing. Regarding the latter, at times, there was just too much going on and not enough emphasis on the primary action. Relating to the former, it fel ...more
Martin
Jan 18, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place 30 years after the Tales of the Jedi series but has only very little in common with it. Most importantly it is so much more better than the previous series ever got, and right from the start. There are real characters with real personalities, who have real conversations and there's an actual plot that quickly turns out to be pretty complex.

Three decades after the Sith War the Sith appear to be gone for good, but the Mandalorians have regained their strength after the defea
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Hector Ibarraran
I read this book for the second time after having spent almost a whole year trying to find the complete series. It tells the story of a young Padawan in the old republic. He is incompetent, has a weird relationship with the force, and has pretty much given up on becoming a Jedi. Then, destiny throws him a tragic but unexpected twist, and he has to deal with it. Yes, he sucks at the whole "force" thing, but maybe he can make it with a little help from his new motley crew of friends.

This story ha
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Chris Birdsong
Feb 17, 2013 Chris Birdsong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Garth Hamilton
This review originally appeared on "Garth's Blog" at http://garthhamilton.blogspot.com/201....
For fans of the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (I briefly dabbled in the Playstation 2 port for Android, on my Note 4 phone), this story takes place in the vastly popular Old Republic era. Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick is framed by his Jedi masters for the brutal slaughter of his Jedi-in-training peers. Zayne goes on the lam on the planet Taris to find out why, in this non-canon action/m
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Ben
Jul 20, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Update: After reaching book four of this volume, I am giving up. It is so annoying and poor and with such consistantly rotten artwork which steadily gets worse that I can no longer bare to continue.

If you are looking for a decent Star Wars graphic novel, go look somewhere else. I recommend The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales and its sequels instead. Do not bother with this.
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John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, his e-book series with more than a million downloads; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series. His Overdraft: The Orion Offensive ...more
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