The Clone Wars Graphic Novellas
#12 - The Sith Hunters (unreviewed - do not own)
#13 - Defenders of the Lost Temple (unreviewed - do not own)
Clone Wars: Secret Missions by Ryder Windham
Star Wars: Clone Wars (Republic series)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
Quinlan Vos: Jedi in Darkness (Star Wars Legends/Dark Horse Omnibus)
Some years ago, I started collecting the EU (now Legends) comics and was so frustrated to discover how difficult it was to piece together Quinlan Vos' adventures. Then I saw the Dark Horse omnibus collections begin to appear. I waited. I bided my time. And finally they delivered - this was certainly worth the wait! How excited I was to read these stories for the first time. None of that excitement has faded, even now.
The Quinlan Vos omnibus contains some of the best storytelling in the entire Legends canon. I do not say this lightly. It is no surprise that Vos was ported over to the Disney canon, such is his popularity - and such is the quality of the comics that gave us his story. I wasn't even put off by Villie's comedic "point of view" being included in this collection. In fact, I actually quite enjoyed it!
Menace Revealed (Star Wars Legends/Dark Horse Omnibus)
This omnibus was more of a mixed bag, including small one-shots that vary from orphaned content to promotional material designed to sell toys. These didn't contain enough pages or plot to make them memorable. Some of the longer one-shots weren't too great either.
That said, the Jango and Zam duology contained lots of sassy fun (though the storyline itself was hardly brilliant). The Jedi Quest adaptation had a good script but was let down by hideous art (was that really supposed to be Obi-Wan!?). The only standouts here were the Aurra Sing comics. For Aurra's sake, I could overlook my dislike of the Dark Woman.
Emissaries & Assassins (Star Wars Legends/Dark Horse Omnibus)
Whew. There was a lot of content in this omnibus. To start with, there were some Episode I-specific tales that I enjoyed, much to my surprise, especially given that one was a summary of events by Obi-Wan.
The bulk of this collection - making the middle section quite beefy - were stories involving the Jedi Council. This is where you'll get introduced to Legends icons A'Sharad Hett and Quinlan Vos (what a boss - and in my opinion, his retconned "appearance" in The Phantom Menace doesn't count as an intro). Unfortunately, while these stories were interesting, they weren't particularly compelling. Ki-Adi-Mundi... I've never seen that poor dude written well in any comic. As for the Dark Woman, I can't say I'm impressed. Maybe I'd actually like her if she was given more of a personality? Something beyond "my training methods are dark but totallllllyyy don't create Dark Jedi and Sith Lords"? lol
The good news is that the omnibus finished on a very strong note; the Jango Fett comic was exceptional and may be one the greatest visual stories I've ever encountered in the Legends canon. So if you were wondering, this is why my rating is still so high.
But I was intrigued by the mystery and I didn't even mind that there were loose plot threads left at the end (because I know that one such thread is probably named Sidious lol). An okay finale to a series I love very much, even after two decades and that troublesome adulthood thing.
But I would never skip these two books in my reread of my admittedly vast Legacy canon collection. For Siri Tachi fans, this is essential reading. I think it's obvious that I'm one of them!
The bonus story at the end is a good read, but it's nothing special.
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.
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