Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3

Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3 (of 5)

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

As war falls on Ska Gora, the dark side triumphs. Utilizing the forcesabers of their enemies, the Je’daii tip the balance in order to defeat the Rakata and their legions of flesh raiders. But spies within their ranks doom the Je’daii to failure. Even Xesh, a Force-sensitive who knew only the dark side until he found the light with the Je’daii, falls victim to the Rakata. In the darkest issue yet, things couldn’t look more grim for Typhon.

With only two more issues to go, this series has a lot to wrap up. Will Xesh be able to redeem himself? Will the Je’daii beat the Rakata? Will Sek’nos or Lok get their revenge? This issue leaves a lot hanging. However, it also delivers a lot of great moments as the drama is poured out in full force.

Along with the gripping story, there is some really nice artwork in Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3. Jan lays out some great collage pages, intense character close-ups, and one wild scene plunging Lok into a sea of planets. My favorite artwork, however, is two pages before that planet scene, where Xesh and Skal’nas approach lok in the torture room. The lighting and coloring of the panels harkens back to The Empire Strikes Back and the carbon freezing room. The texture on the floor and the warm lighting really seals the vibe, yet the offset of the background colors using cool blues is just perfect. The art leaps off of the page and looks magnificent. It’s an aesthetically please piece.

The solid artwork and engrossing story certainly deserve a high score. Heck, I even liked the striking cover art showing Lok being blasted in a barrage of swirling colors. Force War #3 earns a five out of five metal bikinis. Yet I can’t help but wonder how they can possibly wrap this series up in just two more issues. It’s a tall hurdle, so we’ll have to wait and see. I kind of hope Xesh can make it out of this alive and in the light. With so much darkness, there has to be some hope.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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