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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm Review

 
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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm will retail for $18.99(USD) at its release in December, but it’s available for preorder now from Amazon for just $11.64. However you get hold of this comic-book, whether it be from a local comic dealer, the library, or from a friend; it’s definitely worth a read – or two.

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Posted September 29, 2012 by

 
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A long long time ago……on a planet far, far away and even longer and further away still is where this comic begins.

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storms begins approximately 36,453 years before A New Hope, and as the name suggests, the first few pages are packed with the essential origins of both the Force and the Jedi (or Je’daii as they were formally known).

The Force, it seems, wasn’t always reachable from other planets and systems. It was only the select few from a small number planets who could feel the force. These elite few were collected, then taken to remote planets at the very center of the entire galaxy.

There, they were trained in using the Force and the balance it requires…by the very planet and the Force itself. To put it more simply, any small disruption in the Force (such as one person using the Force to steal, for example) would cause massive trauma to its inhabitants through the planet via earthquakes and storms. This is a concept I really liked, as it makes the je’daii more relatable on a human level, and also makes you appreciate the time it took the je’daii to create and maintain the balance in the force.

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storms is definitely not for those who find it hard to engage in a long story. Your patience –as was mine – will get tested, but you will ultimately be rewarded upon finishing the first volume. As you read, you find yourself ultimately becoming one with the story through the vivid and highly detailed imagery (courtesy of artist, Jan Duursema), as well as the great story (told by writer John Ostrander). Both remain consistent throughout this comic, as the odd beauty of the planet and the strength of the drama unfolds.

You’re drawn into the more action packed story as it follows three young padawon learners and their first encounter with, what I assume, is the beginnings of The Dark Side, through Xesh. From there, the sub story comes into play. With the appearance of Xesh comes a great imbalance within the Force.

With a background of growing up on a ship where fights to the death are entertainment, and pillaging and plundering weaker planets is an occupation, the Je’daii planet is really gonna start kickin’ up.  Xesh, however, also brings to light a better understanding of how the iconic lightsabers work, as Je’daii used primitive swords.  You’ll get to see the base of more well-known/important characters, such as Anakin Skywalker, as well as a slow buildup on how the overall storyline in the Star Wars franchise that we all know and love developed.

I’m quite a big Star Wars fan. But there are others out there that are bigger fans of the franchise than I who would probably not be as welcoming to this series of comic book. But, I will say that Star Wars fans –no matter how “into” the franchise you are – should check out ‘The Dawn of the Jedi’ series, I personally really welcome the thought of continuing reading this series, as I would enjoy to see how the characters develop and see how writer John Ostrander, will created the base for the entire Star Wars universe that we all know.

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm will retail for $18.99(USD) at its release in December, but it’s available for preorder now from Amazon for just $11.64. However you get hold of this comic-book, whether it be from a local comic dealer, the library, or from a friend; it’s definitely worth a read – or two.


Alex