The GeeksverseStar Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns #1

Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns #1
Published on Friday, June 10, 2011 by

Written by: Alexander Freed
Pencil Roughs by: Dave Ross
Pencil Finishes by: George Freeman
Inked by: Mark McKenna
Colored by: Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Benjamin Carre
Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
Editor: Dave Marshall

This Old Republic series takes place concurrently with the upcoming MMO. Previous stories have taken place before, but this is the first that is during the game’s setting. The writer, Freed, is a senior writer on the game and it shows because there are a couple of spots that come across as straight from a video game. A couple of scenes feel more like playing through an RPG and gaining a level then a Star Wars comic.

The opening is a flashback, setting up some of the characters. It’s told be an old man at a spaceport. The scene quickly shifts after that and we don’t learn the importance until much later. The main character is named Theron and he works for The Republic Strategic Information Services and it’s his actions that make this feel more like a video game then a comic book.

The main thrust of the story is that an old Jedi has popped up on the edges of the Sith Empire and the RSIS is going to send Theron to investigate and found out what the man is up to. One of the Sith gets involved when they learn who the old man is.

Theron is an okay character. He goes through the motions and doesn’t seem to be overly enthusiastic. So it’s hard for the reader to like the character or relate. He’s somewhat boring in a way.

The story itself has no real plot. It’s apparently go and find this old man for some reason. If you’re not a Star Wars fan and Theron doesn’t end up interesting you, then there’s no real hook to this series.

I was excited when I heard Dave Ross was going to pencil this series. I’ve been a huge fan of his work ever since Avengers West Coast years ago and was glad to see him popping back up. I’m not sure what “pencil roughs” and “pencil finishs” means since the book has an inker.

Most of the book is Ross’ style and I enjoy those pages when they appear. But there are alot of panels where the distinctive style is lost or not as pronounced. Which is a disappointment because I wanted to see Ross.

Overall the art is decent. There’s some panels where the perspective is off but for the most part it’s good work. The storytelling is good, there are no jumps in the flow and the panels move smoothly.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Good to see Dave Ross work but the overall issue isn’t very exciting.

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