Quinlan Vos: Jedi of Awesome
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!
One-Shots Revealed & Reprinted
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.
Excellence & Disappointment
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.
Rogue Planet (Star Wars Legends)
#9 - Rescue in the Core
Oh my God. How am I going to survive three more of these? I vowed to read all of the Legends books and comics that I own... I'm regretting that decision now. Jar Jar is okay(ish) in small doses, but this entire book is full of Gungans talking the same way as him. It was so painful to read.
#2 - The Bartokk Assassins
A much more entertaining instalment, possibly because it was able to jump straight into the action without any preamble. I'm impressed that Windham could cram so much into such a short book and make it work. So I'll overlook that ridiculous mental image of Rune Haako and Daultay Dofine disguised as Duros lol
#5 - The Ghostling Children
Well, I'm shocked. This book was really quite good, especially given that it's only part of the story. The extra handful of pages (it was slightly longer than Windham's contributions to the series) might have helped with the pacing. Wolverton is also a much better writer (which isn't a slight against Windham - Wolverton is just brilliant).
Star Wars Episode I Journal: Anakin Skywalker
I own several books that are different versions of The Phantom Menace and this is just one of them. Wow, they sure crapped these things out! I actually like this one, because it really does read as though a 9-year-old boy wrote it. I was 10 when I first picked up this book. It was incredibly influential on my writing at the time. So while the story isn't original, I think it does have something to offer.
Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queen Amidala
So in the previous review I said that the Anakin journal was hugely influential on my writing at the time. Well, that had nothing on this! Jude Watson is my favourite of the YA Legends authors and she was certainly in fine form here. I feel like she reallyunderstood Padmé. Or perhaps I just prefer her characterisation of Padme over everyone else's! Journal books can be hit and miss... this one was a massive hit for me when I was a kid. It's still a hit for me now, to be honest.
Star Wars Episode I Journal: Darth Maul
I did not enjoy this "journal" as much. It doesn't read like an actual journal, though it does still have the Jude Watson shine. Additional scenes aren't just there to add pages - they actually add to Maul's characterisation. I will also admit to being disappointed that the pages are normal paper, not the pretty ones seen in the previous journals.
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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