I had a hard time with this one. I think a lot of it has to do with the time jump. This jumps up over 100 years from the last known books and charact...more I had a hard time with this one. I think a lot of it has to do with the time jump. This jumps up over 100 years from the last known books and characters I had previously read. This really threw me. For the first part of the story I had no idea the time setting. This book just jumps right in, not really expaining anything of what is going on on the planet or galaxy in general. I almost stopped for that alone but being this was Star Wars I was determined to continue.
**Warning- Potential Spoilers ahead**
My biggest confusion and utter perplexion however is the main character, Ania. Ania SOLO. The great, great granddaughter of Han and Leia. She lives a simple life and says she is nothing like her ancestors. Ummm....what was HAN?! Anyways, she ends up making a name for herself which is great. But what threw me is what line is she descended. Anakin didn't have any, Jaina was never said to have any and Jacen had a child but he did not go down as some hero by any means and his only child's parentage was secret. So I wanted to know where Ania comes from. What has happened since I last heard of some of my favorite characters?! I have no clue with this. I am left with so many questions right now and not the kind that have me eager for the next volume.
The story itself, once you remove all known information (or lack thereof) is decent. Not the best but not terrible. Ania really does a good job growing as a character. The art I enjoyed quite a bit. Dark Horse always seems to have some good artists. So on that level for being a comic, I am quite satisfied.
Will I read the next volume, yes. It is still Star Wars. Am I in a hurry for the next volume though? No. I can wait. In fact, I would prefer to read some actual books first that may shed some light on my many questions. (less)
This really could have been better. Lots of things left out and altered from the movie. Nothing major but as a fan I found it a bit offensive. Convers...moreThis really could have been better. Lots of things left out and altered from the movie. Nothing major but as a fan I found it a bit offensive. Conversations were half copied and half created, the race was made WAY too simplistic, even for children. To me, books like this should leave one wanting to see the movie. This one had me wanting to avoid it. Not too bad for a young child but not for fans. For a kid too impatient to watch the podrace scene, the can read the mini, less action-filled version. (less)
For a Star Wars Comic this was better than several others I have read recently. The Dark Horse Star Wars Comics have always been a favorite but I am a...moreFor a Star Wars Comic this was better than several others I have read recently. The Dark Horse Star Wars Comics have always been a favorite but I am an old-school-style comic fan so most comics these days seem to be lacking in my opinion. The comic has the Dark Horse creativity but does seem to have some more modern comic touches. A nice blend for all ages of fans.
This story mainly focuses on Leia, Luke, Wedge and fellow Rebels trying to find a new base after The Battle of Yavin. Luke is portrayed much as he was in the movie 'A New Hope' which is accurate as this takes places just a few weeks after that one ends. Leia, however, is quite different. More kickbutt in personality. Attitude, Flying in combat, etc. While it was fun to read, it was a bit too much for her character. She has always been strong and could generally fly but the stuff she was pulling hear, flying as good as Wedge, just didn't fit right.
The next major storyline we have is Han and Chewbacca doing some intel and trade work on Coruscant and getting a bit over their heads. Also we have a shorter bit with Darth Vader when is is sent off after a demotion. While I liked the Hand and Chewy story, Vader could always use a larger spotlight in my opinion. It seemed to be there mostly for filler on some pages.
Overall, not a bad start to this story arc, but I felt there was not enough there to fully grasp the characters. New, original characters did not stand out very much. I love when they pull 1 or 2 new characters and spotlight them. I saw the opportunity but a lack of execution. Still, the stories were enjoyable, the art was good and still one I will add to my collection and is worthy for Star Wars fans, or any comic fans, to check out.(less)
This book was ok. That is the best I can say for it, and barely okay at that. VERY much a children's comic. This is not all ages. It is a life lesson,...moreThis book was ok. That is the best I can say for it, and barely okay at that. VERY much a children's comic. This is not all ages. It is a life lesson, kids book, using star wars. The art coloring and drawing seems geared toward a 6-7 year old. So young children's at that.
While it was okay for children, for adults or Star wars fans like myself, this was a bit annoying. Besides our heroes names and basic looks, there is no lingering star wars galaxy feel to it. The creatures an not known Star Wars creatures, in fact I think the author made them all up and not very well either. They were quite cheesy. The plot line for Rook, the smuggler, was fine but I feel like they butchered Obi-Wan's personality. He goes on a vengeance kick through the whole thing. Having read the books on Obi-wan, including his childhood, this makes no sense to his character. That really dragged me down. It served a lesson purpose for children but was so out of place the who they choose as the hero. Anakin chasing someone he knew from childhood would have made more sense. Plus, they never explained why he was so set on giving chase.
Overall opinion, great for your elementary age child as they are likely too young to read the other books. Very simple to read with LOTS of color (reminded me of Lilo and Stitch). But not for teens, adults really. I think for the older audience, this drifts too far from the Star Wars that we know and love.
I received a copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors and Dark Horse so a special thanks to them. I received this in exchange for a fair and honest review.(less)
Overall, this was nicely done. The story takes place around the middle/end of the 'Tribe of the Sith' series. So I must say that before reading this,...moreOverall, this was nicely done. The story takes place around the middle/end of the 'Tribe of the Sith' series. So I must say that before reading this, go read at least the first 4 books. They are just novella's so they should not take very long. It gives a lot of backstory to what is going on.
One of the first things I liked it this book was a line when the the Keshiri (the land natives) are talking about who the Sith are, and they say “We know, because they told us so!” I had to laugh. Poor fools do not realize any world exists besides there own so the think the Sith are basically Gods (or descendants of Gods).
The Sith have been stranded on the world for around 2000 years. They have re-cultivated a new life for themselves. Yet it is also painfully obvious they have forgotten some of the true ways of the Sith. Yet they strive to use what they know.
An escaped slave and Sith come across a group in the southern reaches, previously unexplored. There the meet The Doomed. Also they unleash an old Dark Lord (Dreypas).
While most Star Wars fans are aware of the Jedi Code and Sith Code, this book introduced a new code. The Code of the Doomed. "War is a Lie. There is no defeat, there is serenity. There is no victory, there is death. Through power, I am enslaved. Through the force, I am doomed.” I loved it!
The artwork was probably the biggest downfall. It seemed rushed. And too much red was used all over. Now I know the artist is good because at the end are some great full page signed pictures that are great, and more varied in color. I just wish that detail went into the rest of the book.
Overall, a fun adventure. It is a great portrayal of what happens years after a powerful nation may be crushed and isolated. How different group evolve/adapt. The snarky comments made throughout the story made it that much more fun.
A big thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for the book. (less)
This was an okay graphic novel. I liked the artwork and story concept but there were certain things that were off. However, being this is based off of...moreThis was an okay graphic novel. I liked the artwork and story concept but there were certain things that were off. However, being this is based off of a novel, some of the responsibility falls there so my rating will be a bit generous.
The storyline for Xesh shows such promise and also between Hawk and Lok. The Jedi (Je'daii)are still in the baby steps of understanding the force and learning and the don't even have lightsabers yet! In fact, young Xesh has the first these Je'daii recall seeing. Now, I am not exactly sure when in the timeline this takes place but with the ships they had, it doesn't seem right. I mean, we have a Sith (race) Je'daii who were not on the side of good. When everything kick-started they were on their own world still. The Je'daii from Dathomir also didn't add up from other books I have read, but I suppose history may have been lost and forgotten on both sides... Perhaps is it just me, but with the other Star Wars books I have read, this doesn't seem to fall in line, but being this is based on a novel, I blame that author more. Did he read other novels before writing his own?
Also, why is there a sandworm from Dune in Star Wars?! I am fine with large worms, but draw them in a new way, don't take the same exact worm from another world. At this point, I can't help but wonder how well either side did their research.
What I did find very interesting were the Force powered ships and how the 'force-sabers' can only be used by those channeling the force. thus far, they only know how this works in anger. The Je'daii are more basic here, more about balance. Not so black and white, good and bad which I though to be neat. This idea crops up throughout the Star Wars timeline but not too often.
This book also focuses on self-discover and honesty. I really did enjoy seeing how the characters grow, mature and come to terms with things through out the book.
Overall, not bad, but not superb. A good story on it's own but yet own more storyline that seems a bit detached for the overall timeline of Star Wars. (less)
I really enjoyed getting some behind the scenes info on some art concepts. You get to learn who the the characters are initially drawn to resemble. Th...moreI really enjoyed getting some behind the scenes info on some art concepts. You get to learn who the the characters are initially drawn to resemble. The is particularly a lot in the creation of Darth Maul and the concept for the Sith in appearance. We get to learn about the art team plus see several discarded ideas that are not in the movies. A great book for any Star Wars fan.(less)
This book was filled with information about the Sith, and Dark Lords of the Star Wars movies. Various facts about powers, artifacts, plans, etc. Some...moreThis book was filled with information about the Sith, and Dark Lords of the Star Wars movies. Various facts about powers, artifacts, plans, etc. Some of the information given was already obvious from the movie and really did not need as much attention as it got in the book. Some of the info about the 'artifacts' was not very accurate from other sources I have read and consider to be more accurate and official sources. However it did have some unique information for someone who has not read any other books. I wish the author focused some more attention on real Sith practicing and info and not just what was in the movie. Once in a while you get a bonis fact but mostly just movie info and assumptions based on that. A fair book to read through, maybe learn something new, but not a great sourcebook of facts and information by a long shot. The quiz-map at the back will be fun for youth.(less)
In this story several members of the Rebel Alliance come across an Imperial refueling station. Amongst the group is Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. Ho...moreIn this story several members of the Rebel Alliance come across an Imperial refueling station. Amongst the group is Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. However the story puts a lot of emphasis on a woman named Deena. Deena is an average woman who wants to make a difference in the would but never has seemed to do much real good in the past and feels rather useless. However, to the Allaince, no one is usless. Very good story. I like reading about new or smaller characters. Its a nice change from the main movie-based characters. Yet those characters are still there, but they are have the minor roles. Its a nice change.(less)
This story focus' on a guy named Wyl. He helped the Rebel Alliance in the previous comic in this series. However that assistance is caught and a bomb...moreThis story focus' on a guy named Wyl. He helped the Rebel Alliance in the previous comic in this series. However that assistance is caught and a bomb is implanted in his head so if he doesn't do as he is told be a crime boss, he will die. He gets a team together for a special mission that is thought to be suicidal. The story highly focus's on his never ending conflict over what to do. I give this barely a four, 3.5 is more accurate. Overall a good comic. Decent art, fair story. I enjoyed the variety of alien creatures the book showed. (less)
Nicely written comic. The story focuses on how the empire infiltrates the rebel alliance by brainwashing one of their own and using an old friend of L...moreNicely written comic. The story focuses on how the empire infiltrates the rebel alliance by brainwashing one of their own and using an old friend of Luke's, from Tatooine. The story leaves you wondering what their motives are and which side they end up on (and I'm not giving that away). Especially Luke's friend. The conflict of it all and which of them is fighting for the right side is well written. The writer did a good job expression various thoughts and emotions and were also caught well enough by the artist. Te artistic style was very details which I like. I really enjoyed they way he played and worked with shadowing. My only complaint was the characters were often drawn looking too old. He was suppose to be around 18 years old but does not look it. Nor does Leia. Otherwise though, very well done.(less)
A good collection of some of the original comics from the early 90's. The first story here focus on the Sith empire, led by Naga Sadow against Empress...moreA good collection of some of the original comics from the early 90's. The first story here focus on the Sith empire, led by Naga Sadow against Empress Teta and some of the Republic, with Jori and Gav Daragon caught in the middle. This adventure covers about 1/2 the book. The next part is an introduction to Ulic, Cay and Freedon Nadd. Also included is the introduction to Nomi Sundrider, who is married to a Jedi and sees him murdered before her eyes. She then begins her own training with a Jedi named Thon. I highly enjoyed these adventures. They originally took place in the following comics: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith Vol 0-5, Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire Vol 1-5, and Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Vol 1-5. The stories were well done but I was not a huge fan of the artistic style, especially through the stories of Naga Sadow. Overall, the omnibus is a great way to organize the various comics for readers.(less)