All of the disparate plot threads that we have been following in these past 9 issues of Dawn of the Jedi are coming together, building into the next chapter for the Je’daii.
John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have been juggling a lot of storylines for this book. I wish they had more issues to truly flesh out each character and dig deep into the conflicts. However, they have managed a good balance, no piece felt rushed or short changed. This issue brings it all together.
The fugitive Daegen Lok is seeking to use his connections among the underworld of the Tython system and Xesh’s power to help raise an army because his vision of the future from so many years ago is coming true. Lok is powerful, maybe even one of the most powerful among the Je’daii but he has gone too far into the dark.
During a flashback we see just what drove him to where he is now, and why he was sentenced to Bogan. He is why Jedi choose to act only as peacekeepers and not soldiers. A nice parallel to the conflicts being faced by the Jedi in the Clone Wars and Prequel Era.
Seknos Rath and Trill, who has managed to keep her true nature as a Rakatan Force Hound secret, are on the trail of Lok and Xesh. Trill has her own agenda here but she is willing to use Rath and the other Je’daii to achieve her goals. Trill has become one of my favorite characters, I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for the Je’daii.
The majority of this issue is a fight between Xesh, the Je’daii and Lok. Xesh bears no loyalty to Lok except that he was the one who freed him and the Je’daii imprisoned him. The fight ends with Lok and his former friend Hawk facing off. Lok forces Hawk to deal with the truth behind the vision that they both shared. Lok’s Force usage and Jedi abilities are unique enough that this doesn’t feel like every other Jedi duel we’ve seen before. Not only is this an exciting duel between masters but also a dramatic pay off to the book.
We close out this issue with a splash page that I have been wanting to see since the first issue. Ostrander and Duursema have created an exciting series showing us the earliest days of the Jedi Order and I can’t wait for Book III.
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