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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 - Force Storm Paperback – December 18, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829795
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So a really long time ago, "approximately" 36,453 years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the Thor Yor gathered together people from distant planets and brought them to the planet Tython at the galactic core, where they could study the Force. You'd think they would have become Tythonians but instead they became Tythans, a spelling change that only the Force truly understands. The Tythans learned to meditate. They learned to balance the darkness and the light. Mostly, they learned how to kick ass. They called themselves the Je'daii. The Je'daii warriors eventually battled Queen Hadiya, a despotic ruler who defied the will of the Force. How stupid was she?

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.
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Format: Paperback
Who: A new cast of characters, worlds and empires!
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.
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Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi is a bit of an ambitious idea for a comic book series from Dark Horse Comics and Lucasfilm. For years now, the various Star Wars "guides" have always included snippets about the civilizations that existed before the Old Republic, and the beginnings of the Jedi Order. It was always just a few pages or paragraphs, here or there, with tantalizing information.

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.
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