Story: John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: David Michael Beck
The Je’daii have sent the dark warrior Xesh off to the planet Bogan while they try to understand who he is, where he came from and what his arrival means for the Je’daii of the Tython system. However, it’s not just his arrival that has perplexed the Je’daii. They have put their best minds to studying the Force Hound’s weapon, his forcesaber.
A forcesaber functions differently than our classic lightsaber. It taps directly into the force power of the user, and with this particular saber it will only function with the dark side. The one Je’daii who was able to ignite in combat is now reluctant to do so because of this. Some of the Je’daii’s views on the dark side sound very similar to Jedi who fell from the light that we will see in later stories. It’s a dangerous philosophy.
While the Je’daii try to understand Xesh and his forcesaber, another Force Hound, Trill is trying to find what happened to Xesh and his Rakatan masters.
Xesh seems to have complicated relationships with everyone he enounters. Everyone seems to want him for something. He has upset the delicate balance of everything in the Tython system and helped put plans into motion.
Once again, there is a lot happening in these 22 pages. However, unlike in the first issue where all the pieces seem to be threads that will all come together, this issue has several pages that just feel completely irrelevant. I can hope that these threads will be picked up in a later issue. With only 22 pages to work with and such a large story being told, I have to wonder why some elements were included.
It can also become a bit hard to tell who you are following and what they are doing. This is one time that I have to question doing these types of stories in short runs as opposed to an ongoing story. If we knew we were getting more than 5 issues, I believe they could give more time to each separate element and we could really dig in and get to know these characters.
All that being said, this is a really good issue. The story has a few missteps, but Ostrander and Duursema have constructed an exciting action tale with philosophical moments about the force and the Je’daii’s understanding of and dealing with the dark side.
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