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Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos - Jedi in Darkness Paperback – December 1, 2010
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Republic centers around the members of the Jedi Council, and answers the simple question "why should I care about these Jedi?" You learn bits and pieces about what makes each council member tick throughout the series. A few of the Republic stories have been collected in past Omnibuses (Prelude to Rebellion, Outlander, and Emissaries to Malistare), but this is the one to start with if you want to read the best of the series--the struggles of Quinlan Vos.
"Quinlan Vos-Jedi in Darkness" follows the story of the troubled Jedi, Quinlan Vos, who upon getting his memory erased and left for dead on Nar Shaddaa, must gain back his lost knowledge and avoid the temptation of the dark side of the force. Throughout the story, Quinlan Vos meets the Devaronian smuggler "Villie" who serves as his occasional sidekick, who attempts to profit from Vos' misfortunes. He's got some groan-worthy dialog occasionally, but nonetheless is an intriguing character who compliments Vos well. Also among the main cast is Quinlan's pupil, the fan-favorite Aayla Secura, and Vos' former master, Tholme.
The best stories in this collection are without a doubt Twilight, Darkness, and Rite of Passage, primarily for John Ostrander's pulp-writing and Jan Duursema's brilliant visuals. Although written by Ostrander, "The Stark Hyperspace War" feels like a failed experiment in storytelling. Everything is told in past-tense like a campfire story and never really picks up because you're constantly reminded of that, and as you read, you'll be aching for it to be over. Fortunately, skipping it doesn't have any impact on the main storyline. "Infinity's End" serves as a nice little side-story between Twilight and Darkness, but you will quickly miss Duursema's art. "The Devaronian Version" is a humorous take on Twilight from Villie's point of view. Any fan of the "Tag & Bink" stories will enjoy this one.
Overall, this collection is worthy of a 4.5 star review and shouldn't be missed for any Star Wars fan. Here's hoping Dark Horse releases the rest of Republic in Omnibus format! These books are top quality, low-priced, and look incredible on your shelf!
The first story arc in the Omnibus is Twilight; issues #19-22 of the Republic series. These issues address the matter of Quinlan Vos basically awakening in the midst of a bad situation and learning that his memory has been completely wiped while he was en route to a mission. He commissions the help of a shady gambler named Villie to figure out who was behind the mind-wipe and where his padawan is! This story arc basically introduces Quinlan Vos formally and starts off the entire omnibus's storyline as well and it's done with the awesome comic art that the Republic series should be known for by now.
The next arc is entitled Infinity's End (Republic #23-26) and is about Quinlan's continued mission to find out what in the world happened to his memory and his padawan and his journey leads him to the planet Dathomir which ends up being full of evil witches hellbent on enslaving him. Quinlan is tasked to find out what the witches are up to with their digging and drilling and to find out what happened to a nearby planet that was completely obliterated. Vos eventually unravels the mystery but not before fighting off the fierce witches of Dathomir and preventing them from entering the Star Chamber; a place that holds the power to destroy entire worlds! This arc shows Quinlan's struggle with the dark side. A struggle that sticks with him for a very long time.
The next arc is entitled Darkness. This one continues right where the others left off (Republic #32-35) and follows Quinlan Vos and his jounrney to Kiffex; a prison planet that is near Quinlan's Guardian home of Kiffu. Here he finds (and is attacked by) a vicious band of feral Anzatis and encounters his brainwashed padawan, Aayla Secura who suffers the same mental wipe as he does and only remembers Quinlan as an enemy! She is manipulated by a Jedi-gone-bad Anzati named Volfe Karrko and it takes Quinlan, his master Tholme, a blind Jedi named Zao, and Quinlan's Devaronian friend Villie to escape the dreadful planet with Aayla in tow and Karrko out of the picture!
Following Darkness is the arc The Stark Hyperspace War which is Republic issues #36-39. This story arc is a giant flashback where some veteran Jedis (and others) of the Stark Hyperspace War tell the story to Aayla Secura and recall the horrible Bacta shortage and how it was all a plot between the Trade Federation and Stark, a space pirate, and how the Jedi had to unravel the entire plot by themselves. It also showed the beginning of an army of the Republic and the fall of that very army; led by a man named Tarkin. Plo Koon, Tholme, a Wookie Jedi named Tyvokka, a young Obi and Quinlan, Qui-Gon and others aid in the quest to end the conflict and return to Coruscant with Bacta back in supply and many lives saved.
The Devaronian Version (issues #40-41 of the Republic series) is next which is basically a retelling of the events from the Jedi Council" Acts of War series from the Rise of the Sith Omnibus but with Villie being the hero and lots of embellishment on his part.
The final story arc is entitled Rite of Passage (issues #42-45 of the Republic series) and has Quinlan, Aayla, and Master Tholme being sent to Ryloth, Aayla's homeworld, to uncover a conspiracy and kidnapping of Aayla's cousin and eventually Master Tholme himself. It's up to Quinlan and Aayla to discover the kidnapper and bring him to justice. However, they did not count on the kidnapper being in league with two Morgukai assassins bent on killing both the Jedi!
Overall, the entire omnibus is full of beautifully done art and great page-turner writing that really draws you in. It shows Quinlan's struggles and the eventual rise to Master status along with his former Padawan Aalya becoming a Knight. It all leads right into the Clone Wars era as well and introduces the Morgukai warriors and shows Villie quite a bit as well! It's a fantastic read and well worth picking up to get yourself caught up to finish off the series!
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
Now, on to my opinion of this particular volume. I just finished reading this book this morning, so I want to write my review while the story is still fresh in my mind:
Story: The book has different stories and for the most part they are OK but nowhere near the best stories I've read in a Star Wars Omnibus. It seems to me that Quinlan Vos (who's an extremely interesting character if well utilized) was undermined by OK writing (at best). The stories were wildly entertaining and it was a good way to pass time, but I can't shake the feeling that I was left disappointed by the overall level of writing. Rating 3.5 out of 5.
Art: I understand that there are different artists working in different stories and even though I appreciate the different styles and even though it works here (for the most part), I expected a little more and I'm slightly underwhelmed by the artwork used in these particular stories. The art is not BAD, but they are not as good as it could have been. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Overall impression: 3.5 out of 5