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Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force War #5Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5 of 5
Dark Horse Comics
Ostrander, Duursema & Parsons

The ending of Dawn of the Jedi is a very ho-hum effort that feels like a comic that knew it couldn't hit all of the characters for its finale, so it simply focused on two or three. It's a series that is obviously rushing to a conclusion because of the license changing hands, but I was hoping for much more of an ending to this rich universe that Ostrander and Duursema created. This is simply an ordinary comic book unfortunately.

The war comes down to four individuals. The primary villain (Skal'nas) reaches the gateway that allows access to anywhere in the universe, presumably to invade anyone and everyone. He's got his force hound (Xesh), who was briefly a Je'daii (Jedi) before having his memories restored, helping to keep the rest of the Je'daii at bay. Xesh's brief Je'daii trainer, Lok, and his love interest, Shae, attempt to kill or rescue Xesh while stopping Skal'nas in the process.

The plot of the comic is a fine one. It involves a lot of the aspects of regular Star Wars lore. Someone falls to the dark side, some look to redeem, while others simply want the threat ended. This comic does a nice play off of those basic ideas.

The comic book barely deals with any of the supporting cast. After Ostrander and Duursema went through such great care to adding in cities, temples, Masters, Journeyman and all of these other characters, they barely get a panel in the entire comic. The book just felt like it was trimmed down to the barest of essentials to end the series. I was very surprised the book was so focused on the final battle and little else.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsThe artwork is also of the average variety. The book tries to capture the action and emotional pull of the dark side on its panels but it feels like they are out of synch with the dialogue. For example, there is a panel where Shae is on her flying Rancor with Lok behind her and she appears to be screaming at him, but she has no dialogue on the panel. The book does have some very detailed pages and in some very key spots. The art just comes in as average overall though.

Dawn of the Jedi started as an epic but concludes in what feels like a race to the finish line. The ending is satisfactory for some of the characters involved in terms of their fates but there are too many question marks to make this a comprehensive ending. When you finish a story and think to yourself, "that's it?" then you know you have a problem.

3 out of 5 Geek Goggles