Story: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Jan Duursema & Gonzalo Flores (variant)
We begin 36,000 years BBY with the beginnings of the Je’daii Order as the giant Tho Yor travel the galaxy collecting those who are in touch with the Force. They are brought to the planet Tython and begin to study the ways of the Force and its power.
The first half of the story is the beginning of our heroes, the Je’daii, and how they came to be. The hardships they have faced, and the beginnings of the Jedi that we know. It is a story of ancient history told by the master Ketu to his two young initiates.
In the Star Wars saga, the Jedi are a constant. Old Republic, New Republic, and beyond. Regardless of the time frame, the Jedi are always there. They are a connecting thread throughout the saga. Now we get to see where that thread began.
The use of the Tho Yor feels very much like a manifestation of the Force itself. The Force created the Jedi so that they could protect the galaxy. The Tho Yor are unlike any ship we have ever seen. They are a temple capable of magical flight through the galaxy to a planet that is nearly impossible to locate. And someone is looking for the Je’daii; The Rakatans of the Infinite Empire.
They have heard rumours of the Je’daii and want to find them.The Rakatans are a warlike species, seeking to conquer and enslave the galaxy, and we are quickly introduced to their brutality. They use a Force Hound to find worlds to conquer, and Xesh is the best.
This story introduces a lot of new concepts, and the 0 Issue helps a lot. Even though so much of this is new to us and the Galaxy, it still feels very Star Wars. The Rakatans could teach the Sith and the Empire a few things on being evil. There is no question here who are the good guys of the story and who are the bad.
Much like the stories in the KOTOR and TOR era, we have a lot of designs that are reminiscent of what we know. Xesh has a very Darth Vader feel to him, both in his character design and his role in the story, but he doesn’t feel like a copy.
This issue is all broad strokes, and it works. It’s a big story, but it never feels like we are missing anything important or that we are being rushed through.
Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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