Story: John Ostrander & Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: David Michael Beck
The planet Tython, 36,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. The Force Storm has been quelled. The Force Hound Xesh of the Rakatan Empire has been subdued and banished to the moon of Bogan to restore balance. Life is beginning to return to normal for the Je’daii of the planet Tython. Meanwhile, the Rakatan’s have been hunting for their lost ship and to locate the planet Tython.
This issue covers a lot of ground story wise. Beginning with the Rakatan Predor Skal’Nas, furious over the loss of the ship, crew, Xesh and more importantly his only lead on the planet Tython. His own Force Hound Trill, who seems to be related to Xesh, has promised him that she would find the planet.
Xesh in his exile is trying to understand a mixture of emotions. Raised by the Rakatans and the Dark Side, he knows only pain and suffering, having to fight for everything in his life. Now he is feeling affection, maybe even love, for Shae Koda, one of the three Je’daii journeyers whom he fought and then helped to save.
Xesh is not alone on Bogan. The madman Daegen Lok, who also had a vision of Xesh’s arrival, is with him. Lok has his own plans for Xesh and the future of the Je’daii. Lok was driven mad by his own vision of the future. A vision of Xesh leading an army.
Xesh seems to be a very important person in the future of the Je’daii race and how they will ultimately deal with the rest of the galaxy. Will he usher in a new age of understanding the Force or be the cause of the Je’daii’s destruction?
Ostrander and Duursema have created quite the epic story here, showing just how much you can put into 22 pages. It’s as much a love story as it is a prison escape tale as it is about the voice of youth going unheeded by the elders. Even with all these different plot threads and scenes, the issue never feels convoluted or hard to follow.
This second arc of Dawn of the Jedi looks to be even better than the first.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.