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Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 30, 2007

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Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of the Jedi, Volume 1 is a generous and entertaining book about the early years of the Star Wars universe, taking place 4000-5000 years before the movies. The first story, written by Kevin J. Anderson and drawn by a large team of artists, focuses on Jav and Jori Daragon, a brother-sister explorer team who find themselves in the middle of a deadly war between the Republic and the Sith Empire. The second major story, written by Tom Veitch with art by Janine Johnston and David Roach, tells the tale of Nomi Sunrider, who faces a life she never wanted after her Jedi husband is murdered. This Star Wars Omnibus, at 400 pages in full color (though slightly undersized), is excellent value and worth a look for any Star Wars fan. --David Horiuchi

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; Reprint edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078300
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Of the many Star Wars comics issued by Dark Horse, the Tales of the Jedi line was far and away my favorite. The series' setting (5000 years before A New Hope) let authors Kevin J. Anderson and Tom Veitch really go wild in creating the early tales of the Jedi Knights and their Sith adversaries, and resulted in the creation of some of the Star Wars Universe's most memorable characters.

Since many of the original Tales of the Jedi trade paperbacks are out of print, Dark Horse has issued Omnibus collections of the Tales of the Jedi comics. This is the first volume, and it collects the following stories:

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Golden Age of the Sith
This series was useful in recounting the original schism between the Jedi and the Sith as well as the Sith's defeat and exile across the galaxy. In this series a pair of Force-sensitive hyperspace explorers accidentally discovers the Sith homeworld. After a power struggle among the Sith Lords, the explorers are used to bring the evil of the Sith back to the Republic. As important as these events are to Star Wars continuity (never mind that the prequels would undo much of what Anderson had established regarding the Sith), the series just runs too long and has too many bland characters. The artwork is downright ugly too, which doesn't help.

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - The Fall of the Sith Empire
This series picks up where Golden Age left off, with Sith Lord Naga Sadow's invasion of the Republic. This series was plagued by uninteresting characters, ridiculous dialogue, and the same dreadful artwork as Golden Age. Honestly, they could have combined the two series and made the story far more effective.
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Format: Paperback
Omnibus Tales of the Jedi is really my first experience with the Star Wars graphic novels published by Dark Horse. I must say that the experience was a pleasure. The book was entertaining and just has a great look about it. This one collects the earliest known tales about the Jedi and Sith originally published in comic book form with the action taking place several thousand years before the Battle of Yavin. The tales in the book are from the comic book stories "The Golden Age of the Sith," "The Fall of the Sith Empire," "Knights of the Old Republic," and "The Freedon Nadd Uprising,"

The Golden Age of the Sith: Prologue - 5,000 years before Yavin. We are introduced to a young Jedi named Odan-Urr as he is ordered to leave his study of old scrolls and documents and head off to the planet of Cinnagar to assist the Empress Teta. We also get to meet the brother and sister team of Gav and Jori Daragon in their early days.

The Golden Age of the Sith - 5,000 years before Yavin. The Sith Lord Marka Ragnos ruled the galaxy until his death ignited a battle for ascension. Great battles and evil doings among the Sith ensue. The Daragons are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beast Wars of Onderon - 4,000 years before Yavin. Qel-Droma and two others are sent to the system of Onderon to help deal with the beast riders who are creating havoc. Once there they become involved with rescuing the queen's daughter who has been kidnapped

The Saga of Nomi Sunrider - 3,999 years before Yavin. We see the beginnings of Nomi Sunrider's rise to becoming a great Jedi Knight.

The Omnibus is great fun to read, and I look forward to more of them from Dark Horse.
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If you are a star wars fan, as well as a fan of graphic novels then this is a good book to have, but one may not be recomended to run off and buy it right away.

The first two thirds of this book tell the story of the Sith lord Naga Sadow, the first Sith to invade the Republic. It is Star Wars historical gold, except that the storyline, artwork and dialogue are absolute garbage. It is extremely unfortunate that such a rich era of the Star Wars universe has been so utterly molested, but i suppose we must be grateful for what we have.

So here's the positive of the Naga Sadow story. Ever seen someone of the 'race' of the Sith? Here is one of the only places you will. This is some of the oldest storyline in all of Star Wars, occuring some five thousand years before episode IV. Unfortunately it omits the story of how a group of renegade Jedi came to influence the Sith peoples, and ultimately rule over them as something to the effect of "god kings", however we do get to see the society that they set up. Also we get to see at least one major player in Star Wars history: Odan-Urr. He is certainly a more obscure reference, but is nonetheless the Yoda of his time. And that's about it folks, i'm extremely sorry to say. The rest of what i have to say about this story is not for the positive portion of this review.

Oh how i hate to bash Star Wars, but this series has it coming. The art work is bad, but all in all if that were the only problem this series had then i probably wouldn't even notice. The story is bad too. I'm saying this in passing because there really isn't much story at all.
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