Star Wars: Tales Of The Jedi – The Golden Age Of The Sith #1
Dark Horse (October, 1996)“Into The Unknown” WRITER: Kevin J. Anderson PENCILER: Dario Carrasco, Jr. INKERS: Mark G. Heike, Bill Black, & David Jacob Beckett COLORIST: Perry McNamee COVER ART: Russell Walks LETTERER: Willie Schubert LOGO/BOOK DESIGN: Scott Tice ASSISTANT EDITOR: David Land EDITOR: Bob Cooper
Since we last saw them Gav and Jori have taken the task of mapping hyperspace routes. However, they aren’t very good at it and now they can’t afford to have their ship repaired, even though Gav is sure this next one will be successful. Their last one led to a smuggler’s drone ship being destroyed and he’s ordered payback on the parties who mapped them out. The Jedi from the preview rescue our heroes from assassins and the siblings steal back their ship, determined to either map a successful route or be blown up trying.
What they got right: Not counting the preview I looked at last week this is my first exposure to the Tales Of The Jedi time period, and I like the concept. The Star Wars Universe has a lot of history to go over at a time when the Jedi Knights were still young and seeing what shaped what would become the Old Republic. Gav and Jori are likable characters and I want to see more of them. They’re also apparently Force sensitive but unlike what would be the case in the prequels (or at least the official side material like a “news” site they ran) they don’t necessarily take kids at a young age to become Jedi. Gav and Jori declined to join because they weren’t patient enough. (Sounds like me and drawing.)
What they got wrong: I know these are the old days and I don’t expect to see X-Wings or anything, bu the ship designs don’t really feel like Star Wars ships. I didn’t like the vehicle designs in The Phantom Menace except for Naboo Royal Cruiser and Darth Maul’s ship but at least they felt like they belonged in that universe.
Recommendation: So far it’s a curiosity and if that’s enough then look into this comic. Otherwise I’ll have a better idea as I go through this miniseries as to whom I’d recommend it, if at all.