Story: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Jan Duursema
The first thing you notice about this issue is the cover art. The sight of the young Je’daii Shae Koda trying to control a flying rancor is one I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
Moving away from the broad strokes of the previous issue, we finally get to meet our main characters and we get to see the various ways that the Je’daii use the Force. Our time with each of the characters is brief, but we learn a lot about them in each scene. The characters do not feel like copies of more familiar ones.
Shae Koda uses the Force to genetically manipulate creatures. She has created a flying rancor and is attempting to train it, which just sounds like a bad idea to me.
Tasha Ryo is the daughter of a crime boss torn between her family obligations and that of a Je’daii. She shows off the unarmed fighting skill that a Force user is capable of, and one that was necessary before the invention of the lightsaber. It was strange to see Jedi type characters carrying guns. So uncivilized.
Sek’nos Rath, a pure blood of the Sith species, experiments with the dark side believing one can gain wisdom from it; ideas that Luke Skywalker would struggle with thousands of years later.
Through the Force, the three of them share a vision of the Rakatan Force Hound Xesh. He is a harbinger of doom for them all. Life on Tython will not be the same after his arrival.
It has been so long since I read an EU story where literally anything can happen, and no one is considered safe. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.
Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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