Star Wars’s Dawn of Jedi began with a group of beings called Dai Bendo who attended a massive edifice known as the ‘Tho Yor. They seek revelation and waited until the Tho Yor called to them. Soon the Tho Yor called to the people around the planetary system, offering guidance and wisdom to those who seek it. The Tho Yor acted as a space ship and lead toward the planet Thython where the people experience an energy similar to the calls they answered from the Tho Yor. Being attuned by the force, they called themselves as Thythans and they studied the force until they achieve the ‘Knowing’. They study the balance of the light and darkness and when there’s an imbalance, the Thython reacted with storms and quakes. So they began to learn how to seek balance in themselves and called themselves the Je’Daii.
The first part of the graphic novel told a story of the beginning of the Jedi, however the novel took another turn. Years later, a group of people began to haunt for the force sensitive children and murder them by the help of Force Hounds. For reasons unknown, the force hounds obeys they commands and became competitive with each other. One of the powerful Force Hound is known as Xesh who had the highest affinity to the force-sensitive. The Je’Daii soon aware of the severe imbalance in the force and some of them received visions of Xesh.
Frankly, I rarely read anything from Star Wars non-film canon but what made ‘Dawn of Jedi’ appealing is the content that precedes the story incarnations in the future. It took the story back towards the allusive history of Jedi and Sith. The prequel itself is intriguing without the overloading of canon which can be enjoyed by most new reader or old ones that seek newer stories. Its action packed and filled with impressive colourful illustration and realistic characters. One of the interesting aspect in this novel was the female Je’Daii; Shae Koda and Tasha. Both Je’Daii are interesting and unadorned feminist characters in a male-centric series. One being impulsive while another struggled with her roots.
The novel doesn’t skimp on action and violence. It’s definitely a chaotic world but more natural attuned as the Thython reacted physically to the force unlike the mystical elements in the subsequent series. In Xesh, we see the other side of the darkness in him. He uses the force like the Je’Daii but apparently more powerful in his hate. It does provide an interesting progression in the next volume of this series.
Jedi are a spritual journey in itself. It is apparent in the movies as it was with the Clone Wars tv series and the novels. People didn’t realize it’s a fictionalized religion, and this book is heavy on the Jedi mysticism and history.
Readers who anticipate more blaster fights and the fascist imperial clone army and space fight would be disappointed with this book. I do need to remind you, its a prequel of all prequel, its set thousands of years before the civilization so its more a fantasy science fiction than science fiction with little fantasy in it. It is recommended to Star Wars readers who wanted and eager for more stories about the history of the Jedi and also those who are a fan of the Sith, might enjoy Xesh’s storyline in this volume.
I do enjoy it even if I’m not a fan of the embellished canon of the series. So, its good for new readers who don’t want to be burdened by the impressive Star Wars canon but wanted more stories on the Jedi.
This graphic novel will be published on 12th December 2012 and the ARC is received by the courtesy of Dark Horse Comics via NetGalley.