Review: Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5

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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 Je’daii homeworld of Tython has been invaded.  The armies of the Rakatan Empire have pushed the Je’daii to the edge of defeat.  The Je’daii Seers have been blinded and the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake.

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Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5

It has all built to this.  This issue marks the end of the Dawn of the Jedi story and John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have given us quite the finale.  It has become the norm for this series to fit a huge epic story into just 22 pages, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

We pick up right where we left off in Issue 4.  It’s a race to the bottom of the chasm towards the Infinity Gate, a doorway to anywhere in the galaxy.  If Praedor Skal’nas and Xesh reach it first, the Rakatans will become unstoppable and their darkness will spread over everything.  Only Shae Koda and Daegen Lok can stop them.

This book is solid action, but, it’s not pointless action and it’s not without heart.  Shae Koda is fighting to redeem Xesh and prove that he does not have to be the slave to the darkside.  While others like Sek’nos Rath want nothing more than vengance.

I thought I knew where they were going after Issue #2 of the Force War story arc.  I really didn’t see it ending the way it did.

Finales are hard to do, it’s hard to provide answers to all of the questions and give your storylines a proper closure.  We fans seem to love the questions more than the answers.  Here, Ostrander and Duursema have given us answers to nearly all of our questions and provided a solid ending.  I truly hope that they don’t close the door on the Dawn of the Jedi forever because there are always more stories to tell, and new adventures to have.

4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 Kath Hounds

Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at staff@eucantina.net.

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.