I've been a bit disappointed at how much of the modern Star Wars EU seems to have lost sight of what made the Original Trilogy such a success. Fortunately, John Jackson Miller seems to get it. The KOTOR series starts off with a bang and immediately feels like Star Wars. It's got a gripping story, a great ensemble cast, clever humor, and beautiful imagery.
However, it's not just a rehash of Star Wars. The hero, Zayne Carrick, is a bit of a goofball as a Jedi. However, he's framed for the murder of his fellow Padawans. He joins up with Gryph, a Snivvian con artist whose outlandish sense of humor had me laughing out loud at times. Then there's the mysterious and beautiful Jarael who is as tough as she is lovely (really, I kind of have a crush on her). Finally, the group is joined by Rohlan Dyre, a Mandalorian who questions the war.
The Vindication arc wraps up Zaynes quest for justice in high style. I like how the story takes the time not just to understand the heroes, but also the villains. We get to see a backstory to Haazen and while we cannot sympathize with him, we do at least understand him. The story also handles the other Jedi masters well, showing them to be true believers, not mindless brutes.
Best of all, I'm very satisfied with John Jackson Miller's portrayal of Zayne. Zayne was always meant to be a bit of a bumbling Jedi. He's grown and changed throughout this story, but he's never become just another Jedi. In the final battle, he doesn't suddenly discover a new reserve of Force powers within him. Rather, he uses his wits and clumsiness, his own unique set of skills, to save the day. Easily one of the more lovable characters in the Star Wars EU.
Overall, I'm enjoying KOTOR much more than I have most Star Wars EU these days. Just as Star Wars was meant to be - fun.