Review: Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral #5

Script: John Jackson Miller
Pencils: Andrea Mutti
Inks: Pierluigi Baldassini
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Paul Renaud

The Lost Tribe of the Sith are something of an anomaly when we fans think of The Sith.  They are power hungry and ruthless just like the classic Sith, but they have also spent thousands of years together on a planet being forced to work together for a common goal.  This has been the undoing of most of the other Sith that we have seen throughout the Saga.

Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral #5

The previous issue left us with a character being forced to choose.  We know what Sith like Darth Maul or Darth Bane would do.  Here Spinner is given the choice of absolute freedom from his life in the Tribe as a slave or return to certain death in a futile chance to save those who have mocked him and made him a second class citizen.  Don’t worry, Spinner and the rest of the Tribe do not become instantly selfless like the Jedi, but they have become something different than what we know of either Jedi or Sith.

This issue is mostly action, as the story builds to it’s climax.  It’s clear that the presence of the ship in the Tribe will drastically alter the future of the Tribe.  On a planet where metals are scarce a functioning starship is a massive amount of power.  It makes short work of Dreypa’s attacking Leviathans.

The Leviathans seem a lot less powerful and dangerous in this issue than they did in the previous issue.  Maybe it’s because the Tribe was caught by surprise the first time and now have had more time to plan on how to deal with them?  Seeing one of them taken out by force lightning had me wondering why they didn’t do that in the first place.

Miller does a great job of writing these characters and putting his unique spin on the Sith.  His writing strikes a good balance between the funnier elements of the story and the action without losing any of the dramatic tension.

I hope we get more stories of the Lost Tribe.  As he mentions in his closing note there are thousands of years of Lost Tribe history to pull from.

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at staff@eucantina.net.

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.