The GeeksverseStar Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1
Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011 by

Written by: Scott Allie
Penciled by: Mahmud Asrar
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: A- Mahmud Asrar; B- Stephane Roux
Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
Editor: Randy Stradley

I’m not up on my full Pre-Phantom Menace Star War history, so this was the first I’d heard that Qui-Gon Jinn had a Padawan before Obi-Wan. And judging by the behavior of Xanatos, he seems to have needed the first Padawan in order to learn how to be a master. Xanatos is not a good Jedi-to-be.

We don’t get much of Xanatos beyond that he’s somewhat bigoted and has a very strong attachment to his home. What we do about the young man makes me wonder how he was able to become a Jedi in the first place.

The script is decent. Allie’s story progresses quickly. There’s an interlude on Telos IV, before we hear about the Jedi’s involvment, that comes across as odd. We meet two people who seem to be behind the troubles. The odd thing is that we don’t know what the troubles are because we hadn’t heard anything about the planet before and we have no clue who the two people are. So the conversation between them doesn’t make any sense because there is no context to make it relevant.

Asrar is channeling Rick Leonardi strongly in this issue. It’s not as soft as Leonardi’s work, with a hard edge to the lines. The layouts are nice with nice movement. There’s some jumpiness in some of the action, but overall it works.

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Xanatos is an odd choice for a Jedi Padawan.

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