Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of "Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Volume Two, Prisoner of Bogan," by John Ostrander & Jan Duursema

Review of
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Volume Two, Prisoner of Bogan, by John Ostrander & Jan Duursema ISBN 9781616551445

Three out of five stars
The creators of this series of graphics novels include a timeline of the Star Wars saga. Like the dating of human history, there is a before and after point. In this case it is BSW4 and ASW4, which stands for “Before Star Wars IV: A New Hope” and “After Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” The history goes back to 36,000 years BSW4, at a time before hyperspace travel and no creature truly was with the force. This story is dated in that time, when the knights were known as the Je’daii and they were limited to being the peacekeepers of the Tython system.
 With a great deal of content, there is very little in the way of explanation, in the sense that the reader is enlightened regarding the background of the planets and main characters. Some of this can be discerned, but there is a vagueness regarding how the characters are related to each other and their role regarding the Je’daii order.
 The problem is that the emphasis is on fighting, with regular swords, blasters, forcesabers, some kind of emitted beams and at times an old fashioned flying kick. With the interludes between the battles so short, there is not enough ink to explain what is being developed for 36,000 years in the future. What made Star Wars IV so good was the tension between the characters and the growing significance of their relationships.

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