Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1 – Review

Writer: Scott Allie

Artist: Mahmud Asrar

Colorist: Paul Mount

Cover Artist: Mahmud Asrar

Twenty-one years before the events in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos–whose father is king. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order!

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It’s not a secret that I love Star Wars. I’ve read a lot of the books, I’ve watched the films countless times and I have lots of toys. However I have always found it hard to get into the comic series that have come out recently, they can sometimes lose the magic that makes Star Wars so great. This new comic from Dark Horse does manage to capture that magic and has me looking forward to finding out what is going to happen next.

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side is about Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan Xantos. They are dispatched, along with two other Jedi, by the council to Telos IV to investigate an assassination and the resulting civil unrest.

This first issue wastes no time in establishing who everyone is, of course we all know Qui Gon as the wise, powerful Jedi and we learn that his Padawan, Xantos, is cocky and doesn’t always act as a Jedi should. This is an interesting dynamic between master and padawan that is similar to the one we see between Obi Wan and Anakin in Episode III.

The art is good and has a Star Wars feel to it. The characters are not static and are always showing an emotion which really helps you get into the story. The fight scenes are excellently drawn, you never get lost even with all of the action going on around the characters.

If you are a Star Wars fan then I would definitely pick this up. You do not need to know anything from any other Star Wars comic but a brief understanding of the Star Wars universe will help though as there are some small references to other parts of the Star Wars mythos. The bottom line is you get to see Qui-Gon Jinn in action which is worth the price tag all by itself.

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1 4 Stars out of 5. 

GS Reviewer: Matt

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