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Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith February 10, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in comic books, comics, Dark Horse, darkhorse, jedi, scifi, sith, Star Wars, starwars.

It wasn’t all that long ago that I reviewed Darth Bane : Path of Destruction . Little did I know at the time that the book was little more than a novelization of this comic.

Star Wars Jedi vs. Sith is the graphic novel (or trade paperback) that collects the six issue Dark Horse comic book series. The art is manga’ish and blocky but it is engaging.

The story well – it’s fantastic.

Jedi vs. Sith tells the same story that fills the back half of Darth Bane : Path of Destruction – A thousand years ago the Sith were many and they battled endlessly with the Jedi Army of Light. Lord Kaan ruled the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness and sought the destruction of Lord Hoth and his Jedi followers.

Darth Bane emerges as THE SITH and the Jedi walk away thinking they’ve ended the Sith forever.

In comparison to the book – which i read first even though the comic book predates it by some 5 years – the comic book is quick and fast paced. The book is a different type of engagement, looking deeper into Darth Bane the man, the sith and the motivations behind things. The comic is…well it’s a comic. You just can’t get the same sort of introspection and development (not typically at least).

I am glad i’ve read both though as the experience of reading a comic is very very different than reading a novel. It’s not quite like taking two viewpoints of the same history, more like looking at two versions of the same painting. The biggest addition in the comic book are the kids – only one whom (Rain) even makes an appearance in the novel.

Apparently Dark Horse Comics (the publisher) also thinks that this is a landmark graphic novel and they are re-issuing it as a hardcover as part of the their 30th anniversary

celebrations for Star Wars. It’s expect to be available April 4th of 2007. Personally I don’t have a problem with the softcover (and it’s cheaper). You can click on the first cover image to see if Dark Horse still has any (of the cheaper version) avail.


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