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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1

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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #1

Credits

  • Words: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
  • Art: Jan Duursema
  • Inks: Dan Parsons
  • Colors: Wes Dzioba
  • Story Title: Force Storm Part One
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2012

This five part mini-series aims to explore the origins of the Jedi.  After the recent #0 issue, which was more of a sourcebook than a story, we now get this proper narrative driven tale.

Popular Star Wars collaborators Ostrander and Duursema reunite after Star Wars: Legacy for this vital tale about everyone’s favourite lightsaber wielding good guys.

A mystic and mysterious pyramid known as Tho Yor is found on eight planets throughout the galaxy. These structures draw the closest curious, sentient beings into themselves before heading off to the very centre of the galaxy, to the planet Tython. These creatures become known as Tythans and are trained in the new ways of the Force.

The origin of the word Jedi, (known here as Je’daii) and the light and dark sides of the Force, plus their first united war against a female despot and her army are all touched upon here. However, the first half of this issue deals with all this background information in an entertaining, but not really gripping way. It’s only in the second half that we meet an actual character, by the name of Master Ketu who relates these events to two young apprentices. The longer story centres on the threat that will feature prominently next issue, with a culling on Tatooine, and some in-fighting between some users of the Dark Side of the Force.

I’m curious to know how much input, if any, George Lucas had in this tale, considering how important it is to the whole Star Wars mythos. There are some interesting ideas here, with the Star Wars version of a training planet for new recruits, like the Green Lantern Corps’ Oa and the reliance on mysticism, but hopefully further exploration will touch upon things such as the creation of the lightsaber, and avoid any mention of midichlorians.

Duursema’s art is detailed and expressive, and although there’s very little action, there are certainly a lot of alien species, planets, and some great costume design. This is unmistakably Star Wars, as every page has a great visual diversity to it. There’s a lot of story to tell here, which necessitated the exposition heavy introductory few pages, but things look like they will venture deeply in to epic adventure territory from this point forward.

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