Knight Errant: Escape #4

Knight Errant: Escape #4 (of 5)

Writer: John Jackson Miller
Penciller: Marco Castiello
Assistant Penciller: Andrea Chella
Inker: Vincenzo Acunzo
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

As we near the end of Knight Errant: Escape, the story moves toward a climax darker than any we’ve previously seen in the series. Lord Odion now has possession of the Helm of Ieldis. Kerra Holt has been captured and is at the mercy of the Sith. Worse yet, Odion threatens to destroy all life in the galaxy by tormenting thousands of children. How could it get any darker?

I like what John Jackson Miller did with the story in this issue. First off, he wrapped up some loose story threads with Kerra’s parents. Secondly he put an end to the whole chase for the Helm and Kerra’s ruse to hide within the Sith ranks. The direction of the whole arc has changed from an undercover treasure hunt, to one of impending doom. At this point, Odion has won. He has the Helm, he’s enemies are helpless, and Kerra is safely in his custody. There doesn’t appear to be anything that can stop him. On top of all that, Odion’s orphanages are coming back into play. Now from time to time, Star Wars has plunged into some pretty dark depths. I mean we’ve actually seen a primary character’s kids be eaten in a comic (Dark Times), so when John threatens thousands of children with a psychotic Sith Lord, such a threat isn’t exactly idle. Now I don’t think the series is going to end on such a dark note, but still, the threat certainly plays with your emotions. All in all it’s a great way to manipulate the tone of the series for the final issue. As a reader, I can’t wait to find out what happens.

The other thing I walked away with in this issue was a feeling of satisfaction. The story that played out felt full and complete. In fact the dialog had a great, smooth flow throughout the issue. It’s hard to pin down, but I think some of that fullness came from the number of scenes. Everything kicks off on Skarpos with a few battle scenes and a pretty cool entry for Odion. I loved the inscription his acolytes read off: “I know the true and secret purpose of war. It is not to destroy another force, but to destroy all that lives, save one.” You couldn’t have a more fitting line for Odion. From there, we get a mini flashback of Odion and Kerra’s past, some closure on her parents, and Odion unlocking the key to the Helm. Of course that sparks some scenes of carnage. Offplanet, Kerra and Yulan have a strange scene (which I suspect is building up to something with Yulan). The issue then wraps with Odion’s threat to wipe out the galaxy. With the movement of the characters and the plot, everything played out really well.

There’s not much for me to say about the artwork. It’s on par with the rest of the arc and it hasn’t changed any, for better or worse. There are plenty of shots with Odion wearing the helm. There is also a lot of panels of the battle on Skarpos including some depictions of dragon-like beasts.

On the strength of the writing alone, I give Knight Errant: Escape #4 a four out of five metal bikinis. I’m excited to see how the arc is going to end and I especially want to see where it will put Kerra. So far we’ve seen quite a lot from her character. She’s developed through both a series of comic arcs as well as a novel. She’s learned to rely on herself and to work with others, whether they’re friends or even sympathetic Sith. If she can foil Odion’s plans, the big question is where will she go from here? Will it be time for her to head back to the Republic? Or will she find another batch of people in need of rescue from another Sith threat? Either way, I hope we can get an idea in the next issue.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. […] Knight Errant: Escape #4 hits stores today and things take a turn for the worse. Odion has not only captured the Helm of Ieldis for himself, but Kerra Holt as well. Wielding immense power, the destroyer of the galaxy stands to make good on his promise. Click here to read our full review. […]

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