In Knight Errant: Deluge, JJM gives his readers yet another compelling antagonist, one even more captivating than Daiman: Zodah the Hutt. This Hutt is like no other we’ve come across in the Star Wars universe. Zodah says as much to Kerra Holt in their final confrontation in issue 5:“I’m like no Hutt you’ve ever known, human. I enjoy field work – getting my hands dirty.”
Zodah bellows this declaration to Kerra Holt before the two engage in combat. Equipped with a suit of armor outfitted with jetpacks, and clutching a Mandalorian battle axe, Zodah the Hutt prepared to ‘get his hands dirty’ with Kerra Holt’s blood. In the final confrontation, Zodah turned off the artificial gravity on his ship to even the playing field as he and Holt engaged in one-on-one armed combat. It’s a truly unique and original scene: a Hutt and a Jedi floating through the bridge of a large ship, one swinging an axe, the other swinging a lightsaber. Knight Errant: Deluge is worth the price of admission on the merits of that scene alone.
This final scene was only one of many which placed a Hutt in an unusual circumstance.Though I started my post with the epitome of what Zodah the Hutt has to offer in these pages, there were other awesome scenes like this scattered throughout the 5 part series, the most disarming of which was Zodah’s introduction.
In the opening pages of Deluge, Zodah the Hutt is leading an aerial attack on one of the planets controlled by Odion. What is remarkable about this scene is that Zodah is in his own starfighter. Seeing a Hutt at the controls of a starfighter, his large mass squeezed into a cockpit, is quite funny. But this Hutt is not one to be trifled with. His initial assault into Sith space was not only successful, but once he took control of Odian’s territory he then demanded tribute from the various Sith leaders (re: cousins).Remarkably, Zodah would have been successful in his efforts to control Sith space were it not for the efforts of Kerra Holt and some of her allies from Republic space. In a great twist, it’s Kierra who comes to the rescue of Daiman’s worlds, as she saves the citizens of Darknell (Daimen’s capital city) from destruction by the hands of Zodah.
Zodah the Hutt is now my favorite Hutt in all of Star Wars.Even though Zodah the Hutt is what I got a kick out of the most in this series, there were other aspects of this comic arc worth mentioning as well. Kerra received some great character development, as she is starting to become a Jedi I admire. Building upon what I said the last time I talked about Kerra, she’s moved from an exclusively revenge driven martially focused Jedi, to a Jedi on a humanitarian mission to save the downtrodden trapped in Sith space. It’s this humanitarian ideal which brought her back to Damian’s planet to save his citizens, themselves only helpless victims in a war of the 1%’s making.
On a different note, I missed Beadle Lubbon and Jarrow Rusher from this story. I thought they were going to be more permanent characters in the narrative of Kerra Holt, but they were notably absent. That’s too bad; I got a kick out of those guys.
I really haven’t much else to say about this title. Like all of JJM’s work I really enjoyed it. The story was great, and the art was well done. I look forward to the next series.
Maybe you all can help me out with regards to what my next post will be. Do I move to the recently published comic series Star Wars Jedi: The Dark Side, which explores the relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn and his first Padawan, Xanatos, or do I read Darth Plagueis? I think its Darth Plagueis I move to next, but I’d rather get a few other opinions on that before I get started on it.
Until then my friends, may the Force be with you.