Text: John Ostrander
Art: Jan Duursema
Cover: Rodolfo Migliari
Published: February 1st, 2011
Dawn of the Jedi, Issue 0 is not a normal introduction to a new EU story. What we have is a tour of how the galaxy far, far away worked approxiametly 36,453 years BBY. There is no story here to speak of. This issue is more of a guidebook, describing this time long before the founding of the Republic.
The guidebook format is a good choice. Especially if it spares us having to suffer through long expository dialogue and gets us to the meat of the story that much faster.
Fans of Tales of the Jedi, Knights of the Old Republic (the games and the comics), Lost Tribe of the Sith and other tales from the ancient history of Star Wars will find some of this familiar. We can hope that all this background and world building does pay off in the actual story.
Yes, there is real world building going on. It is necessary since we are so far removed from the events of the films and the majority of the EU. This is an era before the invention of hyperspace travel and lightsabers. With nothing faster than light travel, the majority of the story is focused on one system; the Tython System.
This isn’t what I would call exciting reading, but I would recommend it to anyone who is going to be reading the series, and the series shows great promise. Ostrander and Duursema have rarely steered fans wrong. I’m glad to see that they are taking a chance with a story that is so far removed from anything we know.
Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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