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Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 5: The Best Blades (Star Wars: Clone Wars (Dark Horse Comics Paperback)) (v. 5) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 14, 2004


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Volume 5, The Best Blades, is one of the best installments of the Clone Wars graphic novel series. The action takes place on multiple fronts. Senator Bail Organa tries to keep Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from acquiring still more power, while on Merson, a self-described "ordinary Jedi," Ron-Har Kim from Naboo, discovers the folly of having entered into a trust with Palpatine. On the more positive side for the Republic, a hero thought lost makes a return in "Hate and Fear," which also reveals the back story of the vicious Asajj Ventress. But in the title story, Yoda's trip to Thustra severely tests his resolve for nonviolent resolution and his belief that "the best blades are kept in their sheaths." The dynamic stories originally appeared in Star Wars Republic issues 61, 64, 60, and 62 and in Star Wars: Jedi--Yoda and were written by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, and Jeremy Barlow, and illustrated by Brandon Badeaux, Armando Durruthy, Tomas Giorello, HOON, Ramiro Montanez, and Stacy Michalcewicz. --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Clone Wars (Dark Horse Comics Paperback) (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (December 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593072732
  • ASIN: B005DI94OM
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Barlow is an Eisner Award nominated writer and editor whose graphic novel credits include RIPD: CITY OF THE DAMNED, MASS EFFECT HOMEWORLDS, and DETHKLOK/METALOCALYPSE. Based in Portland, Oregon -- he can be found on Twitter @Jeremy_Barlow

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Great art (as is expected in Clone Wars novels).
Z. Stern
Instead, we've been feasted to yawn-inducing new characters and a majority of storylines only marginally featuring the main characters.
Brian J. Willis
The story covers some important occurrences in politics dealing with Organa, Valorum, and Palpatine.
Arsoth

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a major Star Wars fan. I intially learned about Obi-Wan's "death" and his escape from Asajj Ventress with Alpha in a Extended Universe Databank entry for him on the Star Wars website. Afterwards, I practiclly tore through everything Clone Wars looking for this incident. When I finally got this comic in my hands (I rented it at the library) I was beyond excited.

Here's what I can tell you:

The first story in the comic is about Senator Bail Organa, and his struggles in the Senate. It is well-illustrated, and shows how far some of the corruption from the war has gone. I give it a 5-star rating (it's not every day that you get to see Senatoral action!)

The second comic is about a friend of the Chancellor's who had died fighting...the friend was a Jedi. This story deals with how the two met, and shows a bit of background info on the chancellor. The art is good, and I also give it a 5-star rating.

The next two comics are about Obi-Wan and Alpha's escape from captivity. The first comic deals more with Obi-Wan and Alpha getting off the planet, whereas the second is more about Anakin and how he finally finds his "dead" master. The art in the first one is so-so...some pictures look weird, and Alpha looks funny in about 95% of them. The art in the second comic isn't that great...the pictures of Alpha get REALLY weird, and the other characters aren't looking that great either. I give it 4.5 stars...I'd give it less, but the first part gives some very vital info about the notorious Asajj Ventress (and the plot is pretty darned good).

The final part of the comic is a story about another battle in the Clone Wars, this one with Yoda.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Willis on December 18, 2005
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I've been pretty majorly disappointed with the entire line of Clone Wars tie-ins. For such a major event in the Star Wars chronology, one would think that it would yield a great storyline. Instead, we've been feasted to yawn-inducing new characters and a majority of storylines only marginally featuring the main characters. This volume of the graphic novels is the exception to that rule.

Instead of the usual cliches about war, this graphic novel gets into essential events and scheming. Without spoiling anything, it features Bail Organa, the emerging Rebellion(!), a great Palpatine story, the origin of Asajj Ventriss (!!) - the only good character to come out of the fiction, and developments with the main characters as well as the peculiarly dodged central figure of Yoda. In other words, character development that has been missing from the novels. If you only get a few Clone Wars tie-ins, I would recommend this as one of them. Pretty good stuff. And this comes from a sceptic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arsoth on March 8, 2006
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Even though this is a done in a comic book format, it flows and captivates you as much as a real novel. The story covers some important occurrences in politics dealing with Organa, Valorum, and Palpatine. There is also good stories including Obi-Wan, Anakin, and an excellent one with Yoda. Not to mention some great background on Asajj Ventress. It fills in a lot of gaps in the story and has plenty of action along with great artwork. Every Star Wars fan needs to read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cécile on January 24, 2012
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This is the fifth volume of the Clone Wars TPB.

This TPB collects several issues:

-Dead Ends: a rather political story centered around Bail Organa, trying to get the Senate not to give more powers to Palpatine.

-Bloodlines: an absolutely chilling story about what Palpatine does to get rid of someone who is getting close to his secret. This story is told backwards, which makes it all the more interesting, and chilling.

-Hate and Fear: this is the original Asajj Ventress backstory.

-No Man's Land: this is the continuation of the previous part, detailing further Obi-Wan and Alpha's escape. This part illustrates the bond between Master & Apprentice, between Obi-Wan and Anakin.

-The Best Blades: Yoda goes on a mission and things go from bad to worse. This story illustrates how the war is affecting the Jedi, which is something you can see from one of the Padawans' reactions in this.

9.5/10. This is a very solid collection of stories.
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By Jason Martin on May 20, 2008
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So far, I think as an overall contribution to the Dark Horse Clone Wars series, this has been the weakest book. I really enjoyed everything but Yoda: The Best Blades at the end.

The first 3/4 helped advance the storyline with Obi Wan and Alpha, but then the entire story-telling experience changes with Yoda: The Best Blades. The style and tone of the story is dis-similar to anything so far in the series. There were basic elements that helped define Yoda and his support for the war, but I really couldn't get past the Japanese drawing. If I wanted that style of storytelling, I would've bought The Best Blades as a stand-alone.

Of course, whether I loved the book or not, it is book 5 of 9, and the story must continue. You can't leave out such big plot points as introduced here.
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