The Cold Heart Of Hatred In Star Wars Age Of Republic: General Grievous #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

General Grievous is hunting Jedi on Planet Ledeve, and he learns the location of an ancient Jedi temple which contains a great power. He goes to this temple and evades numerous traps and defenses before finding this alleged power. He attempts to access this source hidden behind a waterfall, but he feels nothing. He thrusts his entire body through the waterfall, and he more than he wished for.

Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 cover by Paolo Rivera
Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 cover by Paolo Rivera

Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1, like the other Age of Republic comics, delves deep into the ethos and motivations of our subject.

Like Darth Maul, Grievous is a bloodthirsty hunter with a deep hatred of the Jedi Order. He takes great pleasure in slaughtering Jedi for the Separatists, even if he has no passion for the overall cause.

Jody Houser once again manages to reach deeper into the character than we see in the movie. Grevious’ hatred of the Jedi lies in some sense of alienation from their abilities and practices as well as disdain for their appearance of self-importance. They are a school of warrior that he can never reach, and this fuels a pure and violent hatred.

Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 art by Luke Ross, Java Tartaglia, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 art by Luke Ross, Java Tartaglia, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Luke Ross once again nails it in this issue, and he capitalizes on Grievous’ inhuman and insect-like movement. It makes Grievous all the more intimidating and off-putting. That is accompanied by many gorgeous splash-pages that show off the villain’s cyborg form. Java Tartaglia backs it up with vibrant and well-balanced color work that really takes you to this far-off world and its mechanical killer.

Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 gives us a chilling yet compelling portrait of Grievous and his vicious motivations. He was one of the coolest things to come out of the Star Wars prequels, and Jody Houser and Luke Ross capitalize on that in this comic. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.

Star Wars Age of Republic: General Grievous #1 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Luke Ross, color artist Java Tartaglia, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Paolo Rivera, and variant cover artists Mike McKone with Guru-eFX, Pepe Larraz with Guru-eFX, and Warren Fu.

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