Qui-Gon Jinn #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Qui-Gon Jinn #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Penciller: Cory Smith
Inker: Walden Wong
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera

Qui-Gon Jinn #1 kicks off the Age of Republic series with an interesting little self-contained story. In this issue, it explores the character of Qui-Gon, his willingness to find his own way and seek wisdom from the Force, and it probes at the flaws of the Jedi Order. It’s a pretty good story.

The action revolves around Qui-Gon trying to broker a peace between two warring sides about the fate of some trees. He and Obi-Wan narrowly escape the conflict, and Qui-Gon speaks with Yoda about his concerns. This is where the comic gets deep and really digs into some fun concepts. He talks about how the Jedi Order is incorrectly viewed by outsiders as warriors. He talks about how being located on Coruscant leads them to being a tool of the Republic. Yoda listens to him, but doesn’t appear to be troubled by anything. Despite that, Qui-Gon listens to the Force and lets it guide him to a place for answers. He travels to a far off planet and finds a place strong in the dark side. There he has a vision, which might be hinting at Anakin and the death of the Jedi Order. Regardless, Qui-Gon finds a positive message, one of hope by eschewing violence to find balance. He returns to Coruscant, finishes the peace mission, and has a final conversation with Yoda where they have a nice little chat about the dark side. I like what they said about it. You can’t find balance with dark side because it consumes. It’s an interesting thought.

Storywise, this issue is strong and gives readers lots to think about and plenty to like with Qui-Gon Jinn. There’s some action, some character exploration and some Force philosophy. The art, however, leaves a little to be desired. It’s okay, but it could have been better. It could also come down to personal taste, too. I’m not a fan of the style used in depicting the human characters. The aliens, environments and ships all look good.

With a good story and descent artwork, I give Qui-Gon Jinn #1 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s worth checking out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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