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Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1 - Blood of the Empire [Paperback]

Alexander Freed , Benjamin Carre
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Feb. 22 2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic (Quality Paper) (Book 1)
Set in the newest corner of the Star Wars galaxy!Afterhundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined tocrush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it ishis only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove hisworth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will nothunt Jedi, but rather a fellow Sith the Emperor'sapprentice!The release of The Old Republicpromises to be a Star Wars event of the highest order, agame-changing moment that will mobilize legions of fans to explore anever-before-seen piece of the Star Wars mythology!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hint of power ... Oct. 6 2011
Format:Paperback
Great book and grants a hint at the power lines behind the Imperial Empire (from the sith perspective) also shows how the Sith can co-operate with the jedi and turn there back on them twice as fast. I suggest this for anyone who enjoys the tales from the Dark side ... but more so for anyone who has an interest in the SWTOR mmo (due out DEC 20th 2011) as the ending gives a very strong hint at who MAY be the emperor in the game. Or at very least an end game boss.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. Dec 4 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's very short, wasn't too impressed, but if you played The old republic you would find it interesting which I did. Quick 30 minute read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not great Dec 11 2011
By Brandon
Format:Paperback
I found the artwork not as great as I had expected and the storyline to be a bit weak compared to the old republic novels. It was nice to get a different story than those already portrayed in the novels however. Also, it took me about 30 minutes to read through the entire graphic novel so for your money, its not a great investment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I've already forgotten the characters' names.... Oct. 25 2011
Format:Paperback
The art? Blah. The story? Double Blah.

This series of Star Wars comic books is pretty boring. Never did I feel like I cared about the characters, or the story. I've always considered a comic book to be primarily plot and character driven, with the art being a great way to bring it all to life for the reader, but unfortunately this series lacks all of that. The writers and artists have left me feeling completely unengaged.

It's only saving grace is that it takes place in The Old Republic, which is a potentially action/adventure rich setting in the Star Wars universe. Why? The galaxy is more or less crawling with Sith and Jedi. Instead of taking advantage of this potential, the artists and writers have pooped out this turd, amazing only in how boring and mundane the characters and story are.

Unless you have a deep interest in The Old Republic or Star Wars in general, this entire series is best left on the shelf. In my case, it will be on a rack next to the toilet.. Just in case I run out of paper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side Is Strong With This One Feb. 20 2011
By Jason Talley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's always interesting to read a Star Wars story told from the point of view of the Sith. Red Harvest, the Darth Bane books and several others show that the Sith can be just as compelling and interesting protagonists as the Jedi. With "Blood of the Empire" we get another entry into that list.

Teneb Kel is a Sith apprentice who's just has a terrible turn of luck but is given one last chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the Sith Lords. Teneb isn't the smartest or most powerful Sith around but he's certainly the most desperate which makes him more dangerous than he would be in normal circumstances. I'm not going to go into the plot very much to avoid spoilers. But as we follow Teneb we're treated to a story of pride, ambition, secrets and above all loyalty.

If I could sum up the theme of this story in one word it would be loyalty. "The Sith always betray each othere" is a well known Star Wars quote. This story asks a lot of questions about the Sith and loyalty. Can Sith be loyal? What does loyalty mean to a Sith? Can loyalty be violated in such a way that even a Sith might consider it unacceptable? This story asks these questions but it's up to you as to what they answers really are.

Moving on, if you've been following the the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic like I have in anticipation of the game, then the lore this story provides is some very heavy stuff. Especially as it relates to the mysterious Sith Emperor. We're getting some information here that's sure to play heavily into the game so if you want lore then dig in.

My only real complaint with the story is the art. Not that it's bad. It's more of a case of the style not really moving me and several panels that I thought were a bit sloppy. That said there's some really great details given to crowd scenes and the armor of the Sith Lords, the action is portrayed well and Exal Kressh looks fantastic in several places.

All in all, any Star Wars fans who likes the Sith or those awaiting the MMO would be well advised to pick this up. I'd also call it a good pick for more casual SW fans interested in a story that's a bit different but still good Star Wars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, especially if you've played SWTOR May 31 2013
By K. Truett - Published on Amazon.com
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I won't give too much away, but this was great backstory for anyone who loves the lore of SWTOR, especially anyone who has played the Sith Inquisitor or Jedi Knight story lines (or just wants to know more about the Emperor in general).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great graphic novel May 1 2013
By JOS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my first Star Wars graphic novel and I loved everything about it. From the art to story line. Would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 31 2013
By James D Walter - Published on Amazon.com
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Volume 1 by Alexander Freed is well-paced and action-packed. His story of a young apprentice sent out on a dangerous mission provides a fascinating background to the SWTOR MMO's Sith Inquisitor storyline, and reveals more details of the Empire. The artwork is also good, displaying different "early" takes on much of the concept art that was used for the game. A great companion piece if you are a player. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic story March 31 2014
By PEA TEAR GRIFFON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fantastic story! Definitely helps embody the sith. i would recomend this story for anyone who wants to learn about the galactic repulbic
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