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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 - Force Storm Paperback – December 18, 2012
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For the first twenty pages, the story is told in narrative (i.e., not a lot of dialog balloons) which makes sense given that the story is largely an historical overview. The story then shifts to the Infinite Empire's attempt to cull those who might be sensitive to the Force from every planet they find. After a Force Hound senses the planet Tython, Predor Tul'Kar claims the right to conquer it. A Force Hound named Xesh arrives on Tython, leading to Force-wielding battles with Je'daii-in-training, while Je'daii masters try to prevent the dark side from engulfing their world.
Dawn of the Jedi tells an interesting, multi-faceted story that links a variety of worlds and early Jedi warriors. The themes are familiar: light vs. dark, the need for balance, impetuous youth who don't listen to their sage elders. Speaking of balance, the story does a nice job of balancing development of the Jedi history with blistering action. The prose isn't bad at all and the artwork, supported by vivid coloring, is richly detailed. This is a worthy addition to the Star Wars legacy. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could.
What: The very beginning of the Je'daii Order, before the advent of the Lightsaber
When: 36,453 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars 4: A New Hope)
Where: Ando Prime and the Deep Core on planet Tython
When the story opens, I was entranced. The art is excellent with great scenery as the reader is walked through the background of the story.
For thousands of years, people would gather on Ando Prime to meditate at the base of a pyramid-like structure high in snow peaked, jagged mountain ranges. And then one day everything changed. The mountainous Tho Yor opens its doors and those meditating enter. Everything after this is all bonus and too easy to ruin with possible spoilers.
The writing is incredibly smooth. There's no confusion between narrative and dialogue. Even between action scenes, the story keeps the reader engaged by developing some very interesting characters. There is a very strong female main character, who is not perfect, but is definitely one to remember.
If you are one of those who think the good guys come out unscathed, you are in for a surprise. The bad guys in this story will make you wonder if the Je'daii can take them down. This whole line of suspense building is very well done. It's consistent and entertaining, beginning to end.
My only disappointment is that now there is yet another backfill story awaiting. Where did the Tho Yor come from and what is in those mysterious diamond shaped craft? But maybe this will be received well by other readers, knowing that the ultimate beginning of the Force is still out there in someone's creative plans, with more clues than we had before.Read more ›
Now, with this series, these brief mentions are being expanded, and the story of the pre-cursors of the Republic and the Jedi is finally being told. In the first volume of this series (which takes place many millennia before the beginning of the Star Wars films), Force Storm, the Force-sensitives of the galaxy are gathered together on living vessels and taken to the planet Tython. Once there, they begin to learn about this mysterious energy field that has been studied, worshiped, and is the center of much philosophical and scholarly debate, this "Force". After the name of some philosophers that were part of the group taken to the planet, the new servants and students of this Force are called the Je'daii Order.
In this early period, the Je'aii are quite different from their successors that will follow them many thousands of years later. For one thing, they are not divided so sharply into different camps, as the Jedi and Sith are later to be. For them, too light-sided is just as bad as too dark-sided. They both blind you to the bigger picture of the universe, and put one out of balance. Though this view is wrong according to canon, for those just starting out in their knowledge of the Force, it makes sense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good. More entertaining than I thought it would be. Of coarse I used to read comics, now they are called graphic novels. I miss those times.Published 5 months ago by Reynaldo
Wasn't disappointed, I have wanted to read it for a long time. Looked everywhere for it. Must read if you are a Star Wars fan.Published 10 months ago by Christopher Smith
I really appreciated this volume. I've always been curious as to how the Force started.Published 11 months ago by TravelBug1984
Really easy to download and it’s a great story for those who haven’t read it and are thinking about making a purchase. Go for it!Published 15 months ago by Christian Zwick
Great old time story about the star wars universe - ancient storylines and beginnings of the jedi/sith. Great new characters to follow in this line of comicsPublished 15 months ago by Jonathan K.
Great graphic novel (TP). Gives good info on how the sith and jedi began.Published 16 months ago by B. Scheib