As of the Disney buyout and subsequent continuity reset, these comics are no longer canon despite being published under The Clone Wars label.
Tropes in these comics include:
- Call-Forward: Kit and Plo Koon have to work with the young Captain Kendal Ozzel, who will be the Imperial admiral on Darth Vader's flagship, the Executor, in The Empire Strikes Back.
- A Day in the Limelight: The story focuses on Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and Wolffe.
- Eye Scream: Ventress strikes Wolffe in the eye, explaining how he lost that eye.
The arc ran from November 2009 to January 2010, during the show's second season.
An excerpt titled "Opress Unleashed" was released for Free Comic Book Day in 2011.
The newly deployed Sergeant 7719, or Banks, is sent to lead his first mission on Oznek.
- Always Someone Better: Ghost outclasses Banks in terms of hand-to-hand combat and is overall a veteran while this is literally Banks's first mission.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Banks is antsy about making sure his armor stays clean and operational, leading to him getting picked on for wanting to stay a "shiny". When the conversation comes up again later, Syke explains to Banks that the dents and all are a part of what makes a clone's identity and asks him why he wouldn't want that. Banks has no response.Banks: [after Syke tells stories about what his armor's been through] You're allowed to trade up, you know. Command will refurbish your gear, or issue you new if your hardware's beyond fixing.
Syke: Refurb? No way. I was a "shiny" once. That was enough for me. These scrapes and dents and scorch marks tell a story. Your story. Where you've been. What you've done. Who you are. Why would you want to throw that away?
- Bittersweet Ending: Kishpaugh is charged with treason and Banks is cleared, but Banks's entire team is dead and the incident may have permanently ruined the Republic's relationship with Oznek. Meanwhile, Banks is reassigned to another battalion and he embraces his nickname in memory of his late teammates. Just another day in the Grand Army of the Republic...
- The Cameo: Bultar Swan, one of the Jedi at the Battle of Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, becomes Banks's commanding officer at the end after he's reassigned to her unit.
- Character Development: At the start, Banks insists on keeping his armor clean and functional, but after the events of the story, he decides to keep the scar on his helmet he got from fighting Ghost instead of getting a new helmet. Likewise, he starts out hating Syke's nickname for him, Banks, but comes to embrace it at the end.
- Chekhov's Gun: Surfaces that blaster shots can bounce off of and Banks's skill at making bank shots comes in handy when he's cornered by Ghost and he manages to get out of it by bank-shotting Ghost in the back.
- Dramatic Irony: Banks learning that the greatest enemy is the one within also applies to the Palpatine using the Republic as a puppet in his plans.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Banks hates his nickname, though it turns out to have a cool origin: it's from "bank shot", because he's good at calculating angles to make ludicrously precise shots. At the end, he's come to embrace it, partially out of memory for his teammates.
- Every Scar Has a Story: The other clones have scars on both their faces and their armor, in contrast to Banks being a "shiny". After the events of the story, Banks has scars on his face too and a gash over his helmet visor, and he's okay with that.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: On their trek to Oznek's capital city, the squad is attacked by the planet's hostile fauna, including giant tentacle monsters with More Teeth than the Osmond Family and giant spiders, and also have to traverse through harsh weather and climb steep cliffs.
- Framing Device: The story is told by Banks as he recounts during his court martial.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kishpaugh thinking Banks would've gone along with the sabotage leads to Ghost sparing him, which ultimately proves to be their undoing.
- How We Got Here: Banks namedrops this trope at the end of his anecdote.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Crazy Legs is injured from the crash and tells the squad to leave him behind while he sets up a beacon to be retrieved by reinforcements. It turns out his beacon never went off and he was eventually found by Separatists.
- Ludicrous Precision: Banks was named from "bank shot" because of his skill at making shots by calculating from insane angles.
- Meaningful Echo: Syke's response to Banks putting him in his place at the start of the story and asking if he understands is "Clear as the Kamino shallows, Sarge.". At the end, after Banks is court-martialed but reassigned, his response to this new order is "Clear as the Kamino shallows."
- The Mole: Ghost and Commander Kishpaugh turn out to be the titular enemy within, the former being in on the latter's plan to ruin the Republic's standing with Oznek in order to help the Separatists.
- Not in This for Your Revolution:
- Ghost was disillusioned from the war, coming to realize clones only existed to fight and die in the war, leading to him joining Kishpaugh because he wanted to live for as long as possible and not throw his life away.
- Kishpaugh only enlisted in the Republic military as local reserves to financially support his family and didn't expect to actually be deployed. He doesn't care who wins as long as he can still support his family, and the Separatists got to him by bribing him.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Banks switches helmets with Ghost's corpse to disguise himself as him to Kishpaugh. It might've worked if he had also switched their body armor, since Kishpaugh recognizes him instantly as Banks.
- Sole Survivor: Banks is the only known survivor of his team. Crazy Legs chooses to stay behind to await rescue but is found and presumably killed by the Separatists, and Cutter and the other clones choose to hold off the Oznekians and Separatists while Banks, Syke, and Ghost infiltrate the facility, Ghost kills Syke, and Banks kills Ghost.
- Title Drop: After Banks kills Ghost.On Kamino, I aced every simulated combat scenario they threw at me. Held a near-perfect record. The training programs were thorough, but they overlooked something important. They didn't cover the deadliest situation of all... when the threat comes from those closest to you. From the enemy within.
- Unexplained Recovery: Banks switches helmets with the dead Ghost to disguise himself as him and leaves his body behind at the generators, but after his court martial, he somehow has his original helmet back. It's possible the Oznekians allowed the Republic to retrieve the bodies in the aftermath, allowing Banks to get his helmet back.
Although the comic isn't published under the The Clone Wars multimedia project, it is considered a sequel of the then-unreleased The Sith Hunters and a prequel to the also then-unreleased "Revival"note
The Clone Wars: Defenders of the Lost Temple was written by Justin Aclin, who would later pen the following issue, The Smuggler's Code, and was illustrated by Ben Bates of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) fame. The story takes place sometime after the events of "A Friend In Need" and before "Eminence".
On a mission to investigate an abandoned Jedi Temple for an ancient Sith artifact with Jedi General B'ink Utrila and Commander Rennax Omani, Clone Trooper Glitch contemplates his own worth as a copy of a great Mandalorian warrior. He has never been the best soldier, and as he learns about the Jedi and the power of the Force, he begins to feel that perhaps what has been setting him apart from the other clones is his own connection to the Force...
As the investigation progresses, the group discover truths not only about the temple, but about themselves. It all comes to a head when the Mandalorian Death Watch suddenly appears, wanting to take the artifact from the temple for themselves.
It was released on March 13, 2013.
Tropes in this issue include:
- Ascended Extra: B'ink Utrila is one of the Jedi sent to protect Palpatine from General Grievous according to Labyrinth of Evil.
- Bittersweet Ending: Glitch is presumed dead and is left behind on Draay 2, but he doesn't seem to mind. Rennax decides to resign from the Jedi Order and seek out her family, though because of this choice, she may survive the Jedi Purge. And of course, Master Utrila is Doomed by Canon as she will die during Palpatine's kidnapping according to Labyrinth of Evil, and Death Watch is still out there.
- The Gauntlet of Kressh the Younger was first explored in the Vindication arc in the Knights of the Old Republic comic series.
- It's never explained how Death Watch would know and have interest in ancient Sith artifacts, although it's possible they knew due to the Mandalorians' history with the Sith or had to do when the group affiliated with Count Dooku earlier on in the show.
- Glitch ponders about being a clone of a Mandalorian.
- Death Watch has been wandering space trying to consolidate power, just as we last saw them in the episode "A Friend In Need".
- Call-Forward: B'ink Utrila is one of the Jedi sent to protect Palpatine during the Battle of Coruscant as shown in the novel Labyrinth of Evil (retconning Clone Wars's depiction of Palpatine's kidnapping, adding in Utrila), and she dies attempting to stop Grievous from kidnapping Palpatine.
- Exposition Dump: Rennax asks amateur questions about the Force to indirectly inform Glitch, to which Utrila answers, but is exasperated as she should've known these things already from her training.
- Interquel: The comic takes place in between Death Watch's appearances in Season 4 and 5.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Actually, quite literally. After touching the Gauntlet, B'ink gets mindraped, her eyes turn red, and then orders the others to flee back to the hallway.
- Would Hurt a Child: Bo-Katan and Death Watch hold Rennax hostage, though to be fair, Rennax is a teen warrior (not that it really changes much).
- Beach Episode: Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan take a vacation at the beach.