Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi – The Golden Age Of The Sith #0
Dark Horse (July, 1996)WRITER: Kevin J. Anderson PENCILER: Chris Gossett INKER: Stan Woch COLORIST: Pamela Rambo COVER ART: Christopher Moeller LOGO/BOOK DESIGN: Scott Tice LETTERER: Sean Konot EDITOR: Bob Cooper
Set 5,000 years before the events of the movies, a Jedi named Odan-Urr loves studying the past, including the rise of the fallen Jedi referred to as the Sith. During his studies he uncovered a technique called Jedi Battle Mediation. It’s a large-scale variation of the usual mind trick uses to boost ally morale and lower the enemy’s. Aiding Empress Teta in claiming a planet for the Republic, he and Teta’s Jedi advisor, Memit Nadill, use the technique, which works too well. The pirates fighting the Empress decide “if we’re going down, we’re taking as many of them with us as we can” and start opening fire. While Teta’s forces easily defeat the pirates without the feared bloodbath, one supply ship was destroyed, leaving siblings Gav and Jori Daragon orphans. Even the Hutt that repaired their ship takes pity and releases their other ship out of collateral and the Daragon siblings decide to go exploring the galaxy.
This is just set-up for the next “Tales Of The Jedi” tale, set before the previous tales, and from what I can tell will feature the rise of the Sith chronicled in those early miniseries. It doesn’t really show the characters much, with only Odan-Urr really mattering to the story. However, the artwork is something to be praised on the penciler, inker, and colorist fronts. I like the outfit designs but what really caught my attention were the lightsabers. Not only is the concept of individually-designed lightsabers NOT starting in the prequel movies that came after this, but the few we get to see are adorned with ornamental addition (the most interesting being Memit’s saber, with a snake-like face on all four sides just above the hilt and before the part the blade comes out of, and a cutlass-like design in the preview art section, used by Gav). I hope to see some more cool designs as I go on.
There isn’t a lot here to really review. If the series as a whole is good then this is worth picking up. We’ll see as we go on as I haven’t read them since they first came out so I don’t remember how it was.