At Dark Horse’s retailer breakfast this morning at New York Comic Con, the publisher announced the next installment in the life of Knights of the Old Republic hero, young Zayne Carrick. Written by yours truly, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War begins in January!
The Jan. 11, 2012 release date is almost six years after the publication of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1 — but it’s set not long after the end of Knights of the Old Republic #50, and Zayne’s peace and quiet following that series is short-lived. He’s not a Jedi and the Mandalorians are invading — and with his homeworld of Phaeda under threat, Zayne’s luck holds true. He gets drafted!
Troubles ahead for our peace-loving hero — and surprises galore in this story, including the return of some familiar faces. With cover art by KOTOR favorite Benjamin Carré and a variant cover by Dave Wilkins, Knights of the Old Republic—War “doesn’t just mark the return of one of the most popular eras in Star Wars video games and comics,” Dark Horse says, “it is an entry point for any reader interested in Star Wars!”
It really is a true jumping-on point. If you haven’t read any KOTOR comics at all — or if you’re a regular who’s read everything — you’ll find a lot to like. (Don’t forget, there are nine KOTOR trade collections still in print — and many are available from Dark Horse digitally.) Art is from Italian artist Andrea Mutti, who drew Rage for Dark Horse. Much of the rest of the team returns, including editor Dave Marshall, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Michael Heisler.
I continue working in Kerra Holt’s time frame — Knight Errant Deluge #3 releases next week, and there’s more to come — Dark Horse also announced the next round of Knight Errant comics for 2012! I’ll let you know when I can share more details about that story — it’s a blockbuster!
But I am thrilled to return to Zayne Carrick’s adventures. War is the story I always had in mind for Zayne’s continuing adventures — and what I’ve seen of the art and the covers looks awesome. (And a tip of the series-naming hat to John Ostrander and Star Wars: Legacy, whose own War title inspired the name — John’s new Dawn of the Jedi series was announced at the breakfast, opening up a brand new era of continuity.)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War #1 is in the retail catalog in November for January shipping— order it at your local comics shop!