I have been enamored with the Star Wars saga since the release of the original movie in 1977. It was the last movie I remember seeing in a drive-in theater with my wife in a suburb North of Chicago. Since then, I have each movie exactly once, I have read a number of the books, and, now, I have read two graphic novels based on the epic film series.
The previous comic, Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse, also by John Ostrander, was well done and held my interest. Sadly, the current book did not do so. It left me wishing it was over - not because I was enthralled, but because it lacked the holding power of a well-written story. Even the end of the story left me disappointed - though it did provide a lead in to the next novel in the series.
The only tie-in to the original movies was a gathering of individuals to a common place in the universe to be trained as a Jedi. As each individual trained - training that allowed them to find a balance within the force - they moved from “Youngling to Apprentice, from Journeyer to Ranger, and finally to Ranger”. And as they did, the “Je’daii” grew. That part of the story took about 15% of the books total page count. The remainder of the book followed a number of trainees as they sought to understand a disturbance in the force.
There seemed to be a disconnect, for this reader, between these distinct parts of the book. However, this is the first book of a series being planned by Dark Horse Comics. The ongoing series may have potential as it is developed over time.
The end of the book does include a one page summary of the Star Wars timeline - showing how other stories and events merge with the six movies that define the Star War universe. This book takes place thousand of decades before the start of the timeline; with the exception of the Je’daii, there is little connection to the six movies. Perhaps later stories in the series will make a stronger connection.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.