Knight Errant: Deluge #1

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Artist: Ivan Rodriguez
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Joe Quinones

Deluge = (n) flood; heavy rainfall; (v) overwhelm.

On the cover of Knight Errant: Deluge #1 we have a jubilant Kerra Holt waving on a squadron of friendly starfighters. The subtitle “Homecoming” underlines the joyful, happy moment; one that harkens back to old World War II propaganda posters. Inside the action kicks off on Aquilaris. It’s an ocean world. It’s also Kerra’s homeworld. And currently it is held by the Sith.

Artistically the first panel opens with an interesting photo-realistic quality of Sith starfighters in space over the planet. Stars twinkle in the background with a computer graphic feel to the coloring. On the planet itself, Daiman appears in hologram form to give one of his usual, self-centered, I-created-everything speeches which delivers a nice dose of humor. The coloring shifts here, and the overall scheme has a rough, unrefined, dirty appearance. Not in a bad way, rather it changes the mood and atmosphere of the story.

Then the Hutts arrive.

The faces of Zodoh.

Now I’m a huge Hutt fan (shouldn’t all Hutt fans be huge fans?) so I’ll warn everyone that this review may be a little biased. Zodoh the Hutt plays a pretty big role in this issue, and that more or less means that this issue was like getting an early birthday present. Zodoh shows up with a taskforce of fighters with the big Hutt actually flying into combat in one of them. The reader’s first view of him is in the cockpit of his fighter, and the Hutt has a nice smug look of superiority. He’s like a predator lofting over his prey. There is also an intriguing scar across his face that adds a bit of mystery to his character. It begs the viewer to ask “how did you get that?” A fairly good question considering Hutts have decent healing capabilities. Equally important to his physical characteristics is the fact that we are seeing a Hutt actually flying into combat! On top of that he even has a nice, martial sounding dialog that just fits perfectly.

An interesting juxtaposition of Kerra looking very happy and her enemies looking very dead.

When we finally get to see Kerra, it’s immediately apparent that her looks have changed again. There’s a pretty big contrast in her facial appearance panel-to-panel. Yet this isn’t really anything new to the series. On one hand it can be nice because if you don’t like the way she looks in one panel, you might like the way she looks in the other. Kind of odd but I did find myself thinking that. Another interesting familiarity of the series is that fans get another bum shot of Kerra that is very reminiscent of this one in Aflame #4. Aside from Kerra, the art highlights character action, nice detailed face shots, and spaceships.

Spaceships? Yes, for those who have been waiting patiently, Deluge delivers. Not one, not two, not even three…but six different types of space craft show up in this issue. From starfighters to flagships, there are some nice shots of the vehicles, and plenty for armchair admirals to drool over.

The story that pans out in this issue was very nice. It focuses on two different people: Kerra and Zodoh. Kerra’s part is an emotional rollercoaster that’s fun to sit back and watch, while Zodoh’s sets himself up as a crafty force to be reckoned with. Although the art does fluctuate, more often than not it reflects the story well by heightening or emphasizing the mood. One scene brings in rain which amplifies the emotions of the characters and the turn of their dialog. Another scene uses very vibrant coloring and a superimposed targeting recticle to highlight the action. The art and coloring just plain works. It creates the right mood and tempo for the story, one that turns grim for Kerra, then rebounds to that glee seen on the cover. John Jackson Miller does a great job of delivering the dialog and direction of the story. For something as short as a single issue of a comic, he manages to make it feel longer than it should, and very fulfilling.

Without any hesitation, I give it five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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