Saturday, August 10, 2013

Star Wars-Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan by John Ostrander (review)

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Vol. 2 — Prisoner of Bogan 

 Star Wars-
Dawn of the Jedi:
Prisoner of Bogan (2)
by John Ostrander
  Dark Horse
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Summary: "Xesh, a mysterious alien warrior, is enthralled with the madman Daegen Lok and his obsession with conquering known space. Hunter teams are dispatched by the Je’daii to stop Lok and save the misguided Xesh, but they’re not alone. Xesh’s former masters have sent their own hunter—with orders to kill!"

Review:  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 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. 

 I received this from Diamond book Distributers in return for a fair and honest review.  Thank you for this opportunity!

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