Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #3

Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #3 (of 5)

Writers: John Ostrander and Jan Duursema
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: David Michael Beck

Prisoner of Bogan #3 takes some interesting steps in a journey toward visions and darkness. This issue packs in a lot of story and a lot of action. There are duels, monster fights, and a lot of use of the Force.

In the last issue, things left off with Xesh and Lok crash landing on Krev Couer, a crystal planet. The Je’daii were on their trail on the moon of Bogan. Meanwhile the Force hound Trill was sent to find Xesh. All three storylines continue in this issue as all parties chase after different things. Xesh and Lok explored a bit of the crystal landscape on Krev Couer with the Je’daii and Trill on their heels. There’s quite a bit of action as Xesh and Lok face off against Fenn, Zana and Sek’nos. Their combat dominates the issue. Toss in a couple monster fights with mutant spiders and slash rats, and the action level in the issue is at its maximum.

Yet with all that, the comic still packs in a lot of story, too. The issue actually kicks off with A’nang’s holocron and its revelation of the early history of the Kwa and their use of Infinity Gates. As the story moves to Krev Couer, it yields light on the location, adding to the mythos of the series. This world building (or galaxy building) continues when the plot heads to Nox. The planet turns out to be a factory world where everyone lives in bubbled cities that protect them from deadly pollution. Point by point, Dawn of the Jedi uses these moments to build a whole new realm within the expanded universe of Star Wars. It’s certainly an interesting way to fire up readers’ imaginations.

Beyond world building, the story also builds upon the characters. In this issue we get to see more of Lok’s madness and his power with Force illusions. Fenn and Zana are fleshed out a bit more and there’s a hint of a relationship between them. The last few pages also setup a nice story angle between Trill and Sek’nos.

With a story filled with twists, turns, action, and story building, there’s a lot to enjoy in Prisoner of Bogan #3. When combined with the gorgeous artwork, it makes for an entertaining issue. I give it a five out of five metal biknis and look forward to seeing where it goes next. Will Lok fulfill his vision of an army armed with forcesabers? Will Trill lead the Rakata to Tython? Will Xesh ever escape the throes of the dark side? Hopefully Prisoner of Bogan #4 and #5 will have those answers.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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