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Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #3

"Deluge" PART 3

Jedi Knight Kerra Holt's elation at the prospect of being part of a team again has quickly deflated now that she realizes the motives of the Republic's Devil Squadron are a far cry from her own. But with crime lord Zodoh the Hutt returning to Kerra's home planet and the Sith Lord Daiman about to enter the fight, Kerra must sort out her allies or be destroyed!

With issue #3 of Deluge, we learn that, yes, Kerra's wonderful new situation isn't what it's cracked up to be. The seemingly separate story threads of drug addiction and the relief mission are, in fact, intertwined.

The more I thought about the notion of a relief effort serving as a front for a rogue intelligence operation, the more I wanted to include one in Knight Errant. We'd already seen how Vannar Treece and his ad-hoc organization was able to inflitrate Sith space to work; how much more could a well-funded, professional organization get done? And how many more opportunities would such a front provide for working sabotage against the Sith? It was fun to think about -- and I very much liked the notion that the people under the Sith boot were in danger not just from the Sith, but also from their would-be allies. It's a raw deal all around for the residents here -- unless you know Kerra Holt!

Joad gives us another piece of the night that Vannar found Kerra on Aquilaris, years ago. Now we know where Kerra ran when her parents told her to flee -- and why she came back.

It's definitely one of the more colorful issues we've had. Michael Atiyeh's colors are useful in helping us keep the ships straight in the battle sequences, where there is a lot going on.

 

  • The first panel gives us our first look at the Sanctum Celestial and Xakrea, which are described in the Knight Errant novel. Regard Daiman's stellar "eyes," Knell'Char II and III, in the sky.

  • We also get our second look at Daiman's Woostoid aide, Uleeta. She continues to be a one-woman support system for Daiman's deranged vision of the universe.

  • Daiman's reference to his "so-called relatives" is our first reference to the familial element found in the novel. As with Daiman not believing Odion is his brother, he doesn't believe anyone else is related to him, either.

  • Daiman's transport facility on Oranessan, mentioned here, was visited by Kerra in the online short story "Influx."

  • This is probably the first book I've done where we had a visual depiction of a tractor beam. It's a challenging concept for depiction in comics, but as with Force pushes, there are visual ways to do it.

  • The underwater facilities on Aquilaris were mentioned first in the video game Star Wars: Episode I Racer.

  • Zodoh's hover-armor seemed like a logical choice for a Hutt that wants to stay on the move. That's probably not a big market, though.

  • We don't see them, but Jenn Devaad gathers up quite a few of the orange boxes for return on her shuttle.

  • When I was searching for a location in Hutt Space where the Devils' military disaster would have happened, Daalang jumped out at me. Maybe it's the similarity in sound to Da Nang, site of an air base in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, as happens sometimes with these double-letter planets, it looks like I misspelled it as Dalaang in the book. A possible fix for the trade.

  • This issue had a preview for my other title, Mass Effect: Invasion #1, which released on the same day.

This issue has been reprinted in the following collection:

Star Wars: Knight Errant Vol. 2: Deluge (Dark Horse, 2012),
available from Amazon.

The issue is also available digitally from Marvel.com.

Be sure to also check my shop for the availability of signed editions.

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