CB: Knights Of The Old Republic #9 (Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming)

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A little bit of the past and a little bit of the future!

Cover Art By: Brian Ching
Art By: Michael Atiyeh, Brian Ching & Michael Heisler
Written By: John Jackson Miller

Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming is an info dump issue, there’s no two ways around that. However, just because it is an info dump issue doesn’t mean it can’t be a great issue. It’s tricky, but a good writer can craft a tale that is compelling around all the information he/she needs to vent. Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming shows why John Jackson Miller is one of my favorite Star Wars authors. He takes what could have been a tedious and boring information laced issue and turns it into an intriguing look at the past while the wheels of the present continue moving forward.

First things first, the dude in the cowl, or the Revanchist as he has become known, has to be Revan. I’m not up to speed on Knights Of The Old Republic, so maybe I’m wrong, but he just has to be Revan, I feel it in my gut.

Back on track, my whole point about Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming being an info dump plays out in the reveal we experience of The Covenant’s past. Miller weaves flashbacks and the present seamlessly so that we are learning meaty morsels of info while at the same time remaining interested in the story that constitutes the present. It’s not easy, but Miller manages to blend the two time periods in expert fashion. When you can walk away from a background story and not feel for a second like you just read a background story something has been accomplished.

One thing that stands out about Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming is the character of Lucien Draay. The story is mainly about him and thus it isn’t all that surprising that he stands out the most. But, what is surprising is why he stands out. You don’t end up fully sympathizing with Lucien, but you understand why he is the man he is. His entire life was controlled while he was neglected, and as an adult he has taken what he knows and applied that to those around him. Lucien is an example of the past shaping him into the man he is, for better or worse.

It’s a stand alone issue, but Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming doesn’t feel like filler. The story provides a glimpse into the past and teases with thoughts of the future. In what is becoming a trend, Knights of The Old Republic continues to deliver and Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming is no exception.

Rating:

A-

Cheers,
Bill

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