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
It’s been a year since Daegen Lok escaped from the planet of Bogan with the help of the former Force Hound Xesh. Lok’s warning of a pending invasion has come true. The Rakatan Infinite Empire has invaded the Tython system.
The Je’daii have found themselves quickly overwhelmed by the Rakatan brutality. However with the help of Xesh they have begun to master the use and construction of Forcesabers. The Je’daii have put Daegen Lok and Xesh in charge of their armies. They will use the power of the dark side to push the invaders back and hold Tython.
That is just the first page of this book, entitled Force War. It’s never a good sign when a story opens with a massive info dump like that. I do have to wonder why they chose to not show us this part of the invasion and war, but rather jump forward a year and throw us into the middle of the fight. Ostrander and Duursema are good storytellers and I believe they have a good reason for not showing us that part.
With the Clone Wars fresh in our minds, it’s easy to see that things are not going to end well for the Je’daii. Things never turn out well when you have Jedi leading an army and the darkside being used so casually. But it seems to be the only thing that is helping the Je’daii turn the tide against the ferocity and power of the Rakatans.
It’s only because of Xesh that the Je’daii have been ability to last this long. Because he shared the secrets of the Forcesaber, he has given the Je’daii a weapon strong enough to fight back. He still does not remember everything about his life as a Force Hound with the Rakatans. Nor does he remember his connection with the other Force Hound Trill. Her role in this war still is yet to be revealed. Is she a spy? Double agent? We will have to wait and see.
Dawn of the Jedi continues to impress here. Ostrander and Duursema take us down into the dirt and grime of the war, showing us the desperation of the Je’daii as they fight. They have laid a strong foundation for what looks to be an epic war story.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.