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Free at last from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick is ready and able to search out adventure with his group of companions, but when he discovers that one of his allies, the beautiful Jarael, has been running from her past, he dedicates himself to her redemption. Soon, Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient so Free at last from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick is ready and able to search out adventure with his group of companions, but when he discovers that one of his allies, the beautiful Jarael, has been running from her past, he dedicates himself to her redemption. Soon, Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars!


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Free at last from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick is ready and able to search out adventure with his group of companions, but when he discovers that one of his allies, the beautiful Jarael, has been running from her past, he dedicates himself to her redemption. Soon, Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient so Free at last from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick is ready and able to search out adventure with his group of companions, but when he discovers that one of his allies, the beautiful Jarael, has been running from her past, he dedicates himself to her redemption. Soon, Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars!

30 review for Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic, Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    GodzillaGus

    It took me to vol. 3 to realize that this story is Forest Gump meets Star Wars. Or maybe just the 3rd vol. feels that way. Like Gump our protagonist is "handicapped", yet he takes up many walks of life. This isn't Revan's chronicles or Malak's tales. Nor are we going to get those Ancient Greek mythology Force powers that are synonymous with The Old Republic era. Zayne is a passerby to Malak just as Gump was to JFK. We have the Vietnam War (Mandalorian War) told through the eyes of our force sens It took me to vol. 3 to realize that this story is Forest Gump meets Star Wars. Or maybe just the 3rd vol. feels that way. Like Gump our protagonist is "handicapped", yet he takes up many walks of life. This isn't Revan's chronicles or Malak's tales. Nor are we going to get those Ancient Greek mythology Force powers that are synonymous with The Old Republic era. Zayne is a passerby to Malak just as Gump was to JFK. We have the Vietnam War (Mandalorian War) told through the eyes of our force sensitive Gump, with little effect on the outcome. It's quite the fun ride and this isn't a diss at all. I really enjoyed how self aware Zayne was to his connection with the Force. Also this comic has a much more refreshing view of Mandalorian culture than say the Republic Commando series where it was very much "Mandalorians do this, Mandalorians do that, blah blah theocratic Jedi". Credit for that description goes to that other Goodreads user who reviewed one of the Republic Commando books. I can't remember the user name but it was accurate. Oh damn! I just realized we even have a Lt. Dan in this story. Someone who has a change of heart by being associated with Jedi Gump. I have to question if I'm intentionally looking for these connections or if they are really there. I'm not a professional, folks. There's a few things that I'm curious about. What happened to Camper and Rohlan? I picture Camper flying that spaceship full throttle into the void with those giant space worms hot on his tail. Engines screaming until finally going mute only to crashing into something and in turn, having those giant space worms crash into him. Or he doesn't crash into anything and the inertia takes him into infinity and beyond. Probably the latter and he would have died of dehydration or starvation before reaching "anything". Rohlan? Probably hit the reset button on the game of life. The art is probably the best in this vol of the entire series. Enough. Just go read it, Star Wars Fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suden Käpälä

    June 25, 2020 – page 101: Yesterday, finished the "Duelling Ambitions" chapter (p98) of this omnibus. Not sure if I'll read on now -- or savour my favourite Wars experience. As said in previous review, I love everything about this series. In these disappointing times for me as a fan, personally, KOTOR embodies the true spirit of Wars. Characters, light-hearted wit against a dramatic and often tragic backdrop, art, story: it all fits well together. November 14 – page 220: Notes-to-self. Interestin June 25, 2020 – page 101: Yesterday, finished the "Duelling Ambitions" chapter (p98) of this omnibus. Not sure if I'll read on now -- or savour my favourite Wars experience. As said in previous review, I love everything about this series. In these disappointing times for me as a fan, personally, KOTOR embodies the true spirit of Wars. Characters, light-hearted wit against a dramatic and often tragic backdrop, art, story: it all fits well together. November 14 – page 220: Notes-to-self. Interesting plot remembrance / story points for this volume, to be found in the following locations -- p66, p74, p108, p147, p171, p194, p197." 20.11.25 (November 25): More notes-to-self. Plot points / exposition for KOTOR vol.1: page 104, p238, p368-273. For vol.2: p274, p342. Too much on the background, yet interesting: the mandatory droid in the series, Elbee. 21.09.01 (September 1st, 2021): Read 2 whole(!) pages -- from 221 to 222. This time around, I may want to read only the current (and before-last) chapter -- "Demon" -- which is until p304. The last plot arch, "War" (p305-416), is a stand-alone story I believe; set (and published) a while after the main comics run ended (in "Demon"). It always takes me a while to get back into this epic sub-saga of the Wars universe. While that, in itself, is a bit of a chore, it's not too bad; I love retracing my steps in these beautiful comics omnibusses that form the heart of the KotOR thread. Also, it's not very surprising that it takes me some effort; I started it at the tail end of 2014, and the intermissions have been of according length. And while with many other works this could be due to excuses or procrastinating, in this case it's really because I don't want my journey with Zayne, Gryph, Jarael and Slyssk to end. I'm savouring the moment(s) with each of the plot archs. That also has a huge downside: I forget a lot of what's happened, and miss a lot of references. Oh well; can't have your unread books and read them, too. Now there's some nice fan renderings (by Capella336 or Lady Pep) of Zayne and Jarael. 21.09.06, p244: Does Wars have its own version of the (Trek) Borg? The 'Iskalloni slavers' sure are described -- and especially: depicted -- as such! It probably is a wink or easter egg or something. p245: Ulic, from TotJ, makes an appearance in a flashback -- (view spoiler)[besting Mandalore in a duel (hide spoiler)] . Also, a memento of his, that he kept after (view spoiler)[his Master Arca died (hide spoiler)] , is featured. Also, Exar Kun had been shown and mentioned earlier (p217) as well. p260: Obvs, that was to (view spoiler)[set up hang from the wall, Chekov's gun his lightsaber. (hide spoiler)] And it was well-done! Even without those shout-outs, I really like the 'chemistry' (p228, p258 -- see what I did there?) with the (much) earlier issues of KotOR and TotJ. Good writing. Just too bad that I already had auto-spoilt the Big Reveal of this arch (view spoiler)[that Demagol had switched places with Rohlan ages ago (hide spoiler)] for myself. But -- in my own defense -- it happened by browsing all 3 omnibusses occasionally, over the years; admiring the lavish artwork. How could I not have!? I absolutely adore the comic's art. (Have I mentioned that?) 21.09.08, p282: I must admit that I've disremembered far too many things from previous reading bouts, to fully appreciate these comics. (On p265, Capt. Telettoh re-enters the stage; and on p272, Cathar Jedi Ferroh is mentioned. I had to look for a while, and coincidentally found both of their previous appearances on p107, read ages ago. On a side note, I like both characters -- I love felines and thus the Cathar; Sylvar is my favourite. And glasses are not often seen in Wars; Tel's are used to fun visual effect, e.g. on p272.) Still -- that is, despite not being able to follow the whole story -- I do love it all the way. That's saying something! I can't wait to read it again... this time, not reading the text first, and then forcing myself to spend ample time looking over the graphics. My natural way of reading comics is reading the words, and taking in the pictures while glance sideways at them, from the corner of my eye. I realised some decade ago that this way, I don't fully enjoy the power and entirety of the artwork. So now I read 2 or 4 pages, and then go back and look at them. But while awesome, that is also a bit of a chore and it takes me out of the story. This is also, in part, responsible for the delay. Next time 'round, I'll not have to do it in that forced way -- I can linger on the pics I want to, and just glance over the rest, confident that I've seen it all already. And I'm looking forward to that! The artwork on p266-267 was looking particularly great. I'm not usually one for darkness and shadows when it comes to film, nor art; but that's because I don't like things to be obscured too much. These pages, however (dark with faint reddish-purple lighting), are very nice indeed. The characters and their expressions really stand out somehow. 21.09.09, p294: Almost finished... Reading about the final confrontation between (view spoiler)[Zayne, Jarael, Chantique, Demagol and Rohlan (hide spoiler)] , in the beautifully depicted setting of the (view spoiler)[Japanese-like training room of Antos Wyrick's New Generation Project on Osadia (hide spoiler)] . Which was pretty epic, (view spoiler)[Zayne crashing through the roof (hide spoiler)] with (coincidentally) "Capa's Jump" and "Surface Of The Sun" (of the Sunshine film score) in the background. A "shout-out to Snout" (p286), embedded memories. Note-to-self: Camaasi)! Another big reveal -- Antos 'Demagol' Wyrick has (view spoiler)[latent Force abilities (p296) with which he could effectively disguise himself (and channel Exar Kun's imprint on the double-bladed sabre) (hide spoiler)] ! I love how Miller's plans are coming together here. Aside from Miller's antics, I'm going to miss all of these wonderful characters (and their artists!). Including this funny Trandoshan chef. Hmm, all the while I was thinking, (view spoiler)[I'm missing Slyssk (because I really like the Trando; but granted, he's just a side character and especially Gryph (for real -- he's a 'main', he should be here, at the showdown! I understand he would be dead weight here, sure; but... anyway!) (hide spoiler)] . But then, at the climax, we hear/see a remembered phrase (view spoiler)["Everything balances out" -- which Gryph said about the matter (p275); so he is there. In the best way possible. (hide spoiler)] Miller can be a bit lazy with his prose/short stories (Dr Demagol), perhaps (Labor Pains); but -- as I've long since suspected -- he's a genius storyteller! It turns out, the whole shebang (all of the KotOR comics; not counting "War") take place in slightly over a year!? Says so (p299). That's a surprise. Random thought: Interesting that this sub-saga chooses to not focus on one iconic starship for a heroes' transport. There's mutiple -- and some are less than iconic. My specific bookmark for these comics (guess why?), during most of the past 7 years. p305: It is done! Zayne's adventures with Jarael, Gryph, Rohlan & Slyssk are over; the "Demon" cycle is ended. I'm left to start out in the "War" plot arch; the final chapter. Which, alas, is about Zayne on his own (plus a lot of Mandies) -- and, actually, which is an only semi-connected KotOR spin-off. But... I'm leaving saving that (again), though. For later. Still, it feels like a goodbye and farewell; to everyone but Zayne. Hence, decided to (try and) post this review already. And rest assured -- no matter how bad "War" would/might get (the art is a tiny bit less beautiful, but still great), it's only 10% (or so?) of the whole KotOR run; so those 5* are in the pocket already. Okay, for this review I think I went a little easier on the embedded graphics already; but there's still too many links and far too much text. I need to remember that I have a life much more reading to do... Then again, this esthetically sublime, epic and fun adventure does deserve some attention. (Internal review #89.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    victoria.p

    Once Zayne and Gryph were separated, I didn't enjoy this quite as much. Still fun, though the art definitely leaves something to be desired. Once Zayne and Gryph were separated, I didn't enjoy this quite as much. Still fun, though the art definitely leaves something to be desired.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    In theory, the third volume shouldn't have the same problems that undermined the middle volume. The Crucible as a self-perpetuating piece of social engineering that has gained a life of its own by intersecting with existing networks of exploitation and oppression is actually a pretty neat idea. As an artifact of Sith culture it is far more interesting than the Muur Talisman. The Sky Reapers feel almost more horror than Star Wars, and the overall tone and focus of the story is both more political In theory, the third volume shouldn't have the same problems that undermined the middle volume. The Crucible as a self-perpetuating piece of social engineering that has gained a life of its own by intersecting with existing networks of exploitation and oppression is actually a pretty neat idea. As an artifact of Sith culture it is far more interesting than the Muur Talisman. The Sky Reapers feel almost more horror than Star Wars, and the overall tone and focus of the story is both more political and unflinching in its look at the most marginalized groups than practically anything else in the franchise. I also like that the conclusion is focused on the revelation of personal history and how that affects the relationship between three of the main characters. That's a much better approach than the apocalyptic villains of the middle volume. The problem is that even these better ideas are undermined by the pace and density of the storytelling. None of the cool ideas are really explored (that whole Sith backstory for the Crucible is dropped in an expository dialogue and never comes up again), and characters don't get as much time to develop those interesting responses as they ought to. Instead, the story is filled out with a bunch of bad ideas, from the Mandalorian Jedi initiative to Exar Kun's lightsaber to Zayne's Batman initiative. As with Haazen, Lucien, and Krynda, there's a much more compelling story here with Chantique, Jarael, and Zayne that simply doesn't have room to blossom because the story is so burdened with "cooler" stuff. Everything small and familiar--Zayne conning the Swoop races, and the comet miners--but when it spirals out to do the backstories of villains who've had larger-than-life impacts on the story and the GFFA it just loses its grip on those emotional and narrative foundations. The jump from Kotor proper to War really emphasizes how far the series strayed from what perhaps should've been its focus. War has its own very dumb plot premise (or rather, the same dumb premise again, which is somehow less dumb the second time) but benefits greatly from a simple plot arc that focuses heavily on Zayne. It actually raises a lot of the same questions about the role of the Jedi, their relationship to the Republic, and how their core principles should be applied in complex life or death situations that the Clone Wars does (and it doesn't take the copout answer of making one of the sides droids), which made me realize for the first time how similar these two conflicts are in their function in other ways. The interesting part is that Zayne raises more compelling responses to those problems in practically any Jedi in any Clone Wars story ever did. It emphasizes a lot of what always made his character so unassumingly good and unique, and gives him a better chance to showcase the growth he gained the series than the proper ending did. He has internalized Gryph's lessons and learned to account for his own foibles while also demonstrating a huge (but genuine) boost in confidence and assertive defense of his principles. It's some of his best writing in the series even if there are a few too many instances of him shouting "no!" to stop someone from doing a murder. War also does a great job of humanizing the Mandalorians. The main series makes a few references to them being nomads, but this arc has more overt parallels to Mongols in their social structure and guiding philosophy, which is much better than how the culture is otherwise portrayed even if it is still a bit shallow. Similarly, I didn't think Kace was an entirely convincing or compelling character, but the points he raises are far better than the Sith-lite "conquest of the fittest" shtick the Mandalorians usually espouse, or the "manipulation from afar" hints they drop to set up TOR.

  5. 4 out of 5

    TAB

    A great ending to this series except for the very last arc written more than a year after the main series concluded, that was pretty worthless. But as for the bulk of it, I honestly wasn't sure what else they were gonna be able to pull of after the primary conflict was resolved 3/4 of the way through the last omnibus. But again and again, John Jackson Miller has surprised me with his inventiveness and his genuine humor which is rare within comics to the laugh out loud degree that he is able to t A great ending to this series except for the very last arc written more than a year after the main series concluded, that was pretty worthless. But as for the bulk of it, I honestly wasn't sure what else they were gonna be able to pull of after the primary conflict was resolved 3/4 of the way through the last omnibus. But again and again, John Jackson Miller has surprised me with his inventiveness and his genuine humor which is rare within comics to the laugh out loud degree that he is able to take it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven Calandra

    Good ending This was an entertaining last volume of Zayne's misadventures, I'm sorry to see them end now. Though this was a decent finish, I think it would have been best to conclude with the plot concerning Lucien Draay or helping Jarael. I loved how this series served as a bridge between Tales of the Jedi and the Knights of the Old Republic games which I have to play now! Looking forward to learning the Lord of Regan and Malak more! Good ending This was an entertaining last volume of Zayne's misadventures, I'm sorry to see them end now. Though this was a decent finish, I think it would have been best to conclude with the plot concerning Lucien Draay or helping Jarael. I loved how this series served as a bridge between Tales of the Jedi and the Knights of the Old Republic games which I have to play now! Looking forward to learning the Lord of Regan and Malak more!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    A satisfactory ending to the entire saga that lets players of KOTOR know exactly where they pick up from. We get to see the protagonist grow into a role that lets him act more. We see side characters develop fully into what we are to expect from the games. All in all it reads great, is greatly drawn, and has a Star Wars story at the core.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Christofferson

    I am sad that Disney seems uninterested in exploring the Old Republic. It is rich fodder for great stories and the (alluded to) rise of Darth Revan is particularly important to Luke's character arc in the sequel trilogy. I am sad that Disney seems uninterested in exploring the Old Republic. It is rich fodder for great stories and the (alluded to) rise of Darth Revan is particularly important to Luke's character arc in the sequel trilogy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bart Skroh

    Full of Star Warsy Goodness If you are a fan of the KOTOR series or just want to know more of the legends lore about the ancient Jedi, this is a must read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaime K

    Michael Atiyah did the colours for all the comics, even though the artist was different. He did a great job, even when the art wasn't good. His work truly shows transitions between scenes and thoughts. It's incredibly frustrating that the artists are different though. The inconsistencies in character depictions is distracting. Additionally, I find Brian Ching's drawings--especially of Zayne--to be near-grotesque. Not quite that awful, but just BAD. John Jackson Miller wrote the script for all of t Michael Atiyah did the colours for all the comics, even though the artist was different. He did a great job, even when the art wasn't good. His work truly shows transitions between scenes and thoughts. It's incredibly frustrating that the artists are different though. The inconsistencies in character depictions is distracting. Additionally, I find Brian Ching's drawings--especially of Zayne--to be near-grotesque. Not quite that awful, but just BAD. John Jackson Miller wrote the script for all of them, and I feel like he fell short compared to the stories in Volumes 1 and 2. Everything with Lucien was solid; this is just a confusing compilation of short stories that tie into what happened previously. Too, everyone is more over Jarael in the past, including Zayne. I don't even know what's going on, even when it does go on. Faithful Execution - I love the cover! - The realistic art surprised me in a good way - Zayne and the others discover a seemingly dead ship with one survivor and a droid. One of them has a dangerous secret. - I felt that the characterizations were a bit odd, especially with Rohlan. Dueling Ambitions - The art was just not good - There's a dueling arena surrounded by swoops called the Duelin' Duos. Zayne is excited to see a swoop hero. I don't understand why he looked up to the racer over Jedi. - Even though he was "recently exonerated" for the murders, I was terribly confused as to why he would race. We get some great reminders that he's only 19 though. - There is quite a bit about Jarael's past. - They all learn there is corruption beyond what they would have initially thought Masks - The art was pretty good, more akin to how I imagine the characters based on some of the first installments. The cover is beautiful. - The group is on Wor Tandell where they meet up with Malak. I forgot that he was still considered good. However, this shows the start of when he turns, especially because the Jedi have now joined the war against the Mandalorians. - Revan's story also came up. His was fun to read, because I don't know much about him (I've read the novel, but I don't remember anything from it at the time of this review). The Reaping - Zayne & Jarael act as Traders (slavers) with dust croppers to get crystals...and free slaves. - Jarael has to face her former employers, The Crucible - I felt like this was very fast-paced and could have had quite a bit more story. Destroyer - The art was decent and the paneling was great - Zayne believes he is infiltrating the slaves of The Crucible, but his ruse is discovered before he realizes it. - I don't know if I've ever known what Caamasi looked like before this. - We learn more of Jarael's sad past. I think that Zayne is a bit ridiculous with her. He does indeed have high standards though, and I'm glad he takes advice into consideration. - There's a big to-do about the age difference of 19 and 25. Yes, there is a difference, but Jarael is not ALL THAT much older than Zayne. Demon - The fact that no one seems to be able to sense "bad" becomes even more annoying here. - Demagol is alive and awake on Coruscant. Zayne, Gryph, Slyssk and Elbee go to him only to have some major secrets come out. - There is some strange Mandalorian background relating to Jarael's past - I enjoyed the end quite a bit War - The art was decent and the story was confusing. I think it took place a few years after "Demon." The pacing was also off for me. - I really liked the amount of Mando'a involved. - The Jedi are in the war on Revan's side...except for those who aren't and are Mando Jedi. - Zayne is under Captain Morvis and is quite honorable. He learns the horrors of what people are capable of in war. - Zayne makes a final decision when the Academy on Dantooine is threatened.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janine Tinsley

    Enjoyable conclusion to the various story arcs. I had already guessed one of the larger reveals, despite having not yet read most of the first third of the series. I might have rated it higher if it I were a bigger fan of graphic novels, but I can't really say that I "really liked it" compared to other things I've read. I liked it and enjoyed it, period. It was interesting to see the smaller story arcs of the characters threaded through hints of the larger war going on, but at times the jumping Enjoyable conclusion to the various story arcs. I had already guessed one of the larger reveals, despite having not yet read most of the first third of the series. I might have rated it higher if it I were a bigger fan of graphic novels, but I can't really say that I "really liked it" compared to other things I've read. I liked it and enjoyed it, period. It was interesting to see the smaller story arcs of the characters threaded through hints of the larger war going on, but at times the jumping back and forth made for an incomplete or confusing story rather than enhancing both. EDIT: After finally being able to nab the Volume 1 Omnibus and read one of the stories (episodes?) I had been unable to get as standalone through the library before, I feel like some of the subplots tied up neater than I had originally thought.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael B Tager

    The law of diminishing returns hit this comic hard and it's not hard to see why it got canceled. It's similar to the "Veronica Mars" problem. What does a story do when the central conflict ends and you're faced with filling more episodes with content? Well, in this case the answer is "Do nothing very well." Oh well. At least it ended well and I can confidently recommend the series as a whole. The law of diminishing returns hit this comic hard and it's not hard to see why it got canceled. It's similar to the "Veronica Mars" problem. What does a story do when the central conflict ends and you're faced with filling more episodes with content? Well, in this case the answer is "Do nothing very well." Oh well. At least it ended well and I can confidently recommend the series as a whole.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Fairweather

    Standard fare from Miller. Im happy to finally be able to move on from the Knights of the Old Republic era as its been a chore for me to get through. Some may have enjoyed it, but I didn't find much in it. Standard fare from Miller. Im happy to finally be able to move on from the Knights of the Old Republic era as its been a chore for me to get through. Some may have enjoyed it, but I didn't find much in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Damon

    I love these comics. Everything revolves around the characters and they are robust. Especially the villainous hairy one. A great cast of characters, major happenings, guest appearances by major characters like Revan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ik.ben.henri

    good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Arevalo

    vol 1 was better

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Haile

    This series was kinda a drag to get through. it was ok. But honestly not worth the time. I didn't like the robot in the series he was annoying. And they portrayed Malak poorly I thought. This series was kinda a drag to get through. it was ok. But honestly not worth the time. I didn't like the robot in the series he was annoying. And they portrayed Malak poorly I thought.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Driscoll

    A decent conclusion to what was a great tale. I felt it to be less engaging throughout than previous volumes.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aidan

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

  21. 5 out of 5

    Detya Auberta

  22. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Brichs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Flip Fla

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Tritschler

  26. 5 out of 5

    Foo

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Joseph Lymer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vladimir Jaksic

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chas

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