Story: John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Jan Duursema
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Cover Art: David Michael Beck
The hunt is on. Everyone in the Tython system: Je’daii, Force Hound and Dark Side user alike is looking for answers to the problems that have recently shook the isolated Je’daii Order. The Je’daii are searching for answers about these new arrivals in their system. The Force Hound Trill is looking for answers about what happened to Xesh and the first Rakatan ship. Lok the Dark Side user is looking for more power and that begins with the Force Hound’s new weapon, the Forcesaber.
The Je’daii have learned one thing about the invaders, they are the Rakatans. An enemy so dangerous it scares away a holocron recording of a long dead Je’daii master. The use of the holocron has always been one of my favorite things from the Jedi focused stories and I was glad to see it included here. Although more information about the Je’daii master and the holocron would’ve been nice, but there is already so much going on in this story that I’m pleased they found time for this small scene.
The Force Hound Trill is following whatever bits she can find in order to track down Xesh. Trill and Xesh have made for interesting villains in this story. They show a different side of the Dark Side than we are used to seeing with the Sith and other Dark Jedi. I would enjoy a story focused on them alone as the main protagonists, if Darth Maul or Darth Bane can carry a story by themselves why not these two.
I really need to call out Jan Duursema’s artwork here. She has designed wonderfully evil and nightmarish creatures for the characters to battle with. They are straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft story.
Everything comes to head in the end with the Je’daii tracking down Lok and Xesh, but unknown to them Trill is lurking in the shadows.
This is a good issue, again jam packed with story. It doesn’t feel rushed, but it also doesn’t give you much breathing room. This story might have actually worked better in novel form, so I am glad that there is a Dawn of the Jedi novel on the horizon.
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