Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5

Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5 (of 5)

Writer: John Ostrander (story by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema)
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: David Michael Beck

This is it. The end of a series and an era. The Je’daii and the Rakata duke it out on Tython’s surface. Below, deep in the chasm leading to the Infinity Gate, Xesh must choose between his Rakatan master and Je’daii Koda. Yet there is a third part to this story in A’Nang’s holocron. The Tho Yor can be awakened to fight the Rakata, but it will require a sacrifice. While not all of the answers are given in this issue, much of the main story is wrapped up.

Xesh plays a central role as he must fight to regain his freedom. The Rakatan Predor Skal’nas managed to warp Xesh back into his control, but his ability to maintain that control is not absolute. Je’daii Shae Koda is determined not to give up on Xesh, even if she has to risk her life to do it. There are other battles in this issue, but there’s is the most important. If Xesh wins, the Rakata become the masters of the galaxy. If Shae wins, the Je’daii restore the balance. In this much, the story finds an end as one side wins and the other side loses.

Along the way, there is a lot of visual splendor. My absolute favorite scene is when Lok is seized by the dark faces of the dead in a grim looking panel. The purple hues and the glowing orange eyes is a haunting visual. Aside from that scene, I really liked Butch the flying rancor. There’s just something about that creature that brings a smile to my face and there’s a nice panel showing Butch flying out of the chasm near the end. And speaking of ends, the final panel of the series is a nice way to end it. It’s promises untold stories, futures and destinations. Some people might not like the open endedness of the finale, but I think it’s a nice way to leave it.

There are some unanswered questions, though. This series opened up a new chunk of the Star Wars timeline. Readers got a glimpse of the characters and places of this era, whetting our appetites for more. Whether we’ll get more is up to Disney and the powers that be. For now, we’ve seen the last of the Dawn of the Jedi era. John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parson, Wes Dzioba, Michael Heisler and David Michael Beck brought this series to life and kept readers entertained with a cast of all new characters in a completely unexplored time period of Star Wars. They went to the beginning and created something that captured our interest. For that, I congratulate them all on a job well done, and give Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #5 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. Yeah, a really nice finale. Great dialogue exchanged between characters I thought as well. Particularly between Skal’nas and Daegon Lok.

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