Story: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Jan Duursema
The Dark Side of the Force has descended on the Je’daii Order and the planet Tython. A Force Storm is building. One with a strength that has not been seen in 10,000 years, fueled by the dark side energies of the crashed Rakatan Empire ship and its lone survivor; the Force Hound Xesh.
While the Je’daii elders seek to piece together what has happened, our young heroes, the Je’daii journeymen, seek to find safety from the storm. Xesh is finding the planet inhospitable as he is attacked by various beasts.
While I felt issue #3 was lacking tension, this issue more than made up for it. The Je’daii journeymen find themselves tested by the dark side. Each of them have to confront the demons they carry within themselves.
Xesh however finds himself digging deeper into the dark side and his tortured upbringing to survive the harsh wilderness of Tython. We see not only his ruthlessness, but also his cunning and intelligence. He is more than just a beast or a weapon used by the Rakatans. He is driven by an outside force that even he doesn’t seem to fully understand.
This issue goes deep into the dark side, and the young Je’daii Journeymen learn its true nature: the destruction it causes and the selfishness it breeds.
Everything is set up for issue #5 and the finale to this chapter of the story.
Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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