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
The Rakatan Infinite Empire has dealt a heavy blow to the Je’daii, forcing them back to the planet Tython and blinding their Force seers. Now it’s not only the future of the Je’daii and the Tython system that is in danger but the entire galaxy. At the heart of the planet Tython is a long forgotten secret that in the hands of the ferocious Rakata could spell doom for everyone.
The more time we spend with the Rakatans, the more horrible and vicious that they seem to be. Everytime we see them, we see some new thing they have that makes them just truly evil. Even the Sith at their worst never seemed to be this evil. The Rakatans are powering their ship with the tortured force energy of the slaves they have captured. This is a nice call back to the original Knights of the Old Republic where we saw a similar idea powering the Rakatan built Star Forge.
The Je’daii armies are in full retreat, the Force seers have been blinded and cut off from the Force, but they continue to fight and refuse to surrender. They might just have a few tricks left to stop the Rakatans. The Force has been working and guiding the Je’daii to this moment for a long time. An ancient holocron and a vision of the future may show a way to defeat the Rakatans and save the Je’daii.
Dawn of the Jedi has always had jam packed issues. John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have continued to show just how much story you can do in 22 pages, and this issue is no different. It’s an action packed issue with very few breaks. We have a dogfight air battle, a slave revolt, ground battles, an air battle with beast riders, and that’s only the first half of the book. Even with all the action, there is still room for character work as well. It never feels like we are getting action just for action’s sake.
The action scenes are large scale battles, but in the classic Star Wars tradition the large battles are a diversion, hiding the more important personal battle. Here it is a race to the bottom of the great chasm on Tython past the chaos barrier where none have returned.
Story threads going back to the first issue are coming together and we are beginning to see how each piece of the puzzle fits. It may only be 14 issues ago, but with the isolated story arcs instead of an ongoing title it could be very easy to just ignore those threads and not tie everything together. It really is a shame we may only have one more issue of Dawn of the Jedi to come.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.