By Various (Dark Horse Books)
As the 30th anniversary of the monumental film franchise rolls on, this particular segment concludes with the final volume reprinting material from Star Wars: Republic issues #79-80, 81-83 and the one-shot Star Wars: Purge.
The long running plot involving Jedi Quinlan Vos, who might have been seduced by the Dark Side or might possibly be an agent of good submerged deep, deep undercover is resolved in spectacular manner in the first story Hidden Enemy. Written by John Ostrander and illustrated by Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, all the questions of his allegiances are answered against a backdrop of the Emperors masterstroke against all the Jedi coming into effect.
Into the Unknown by Welles Hartley and Douglas Wheatley feature an overview two days after the Jedi were slaughtered and depicts the decisions of a pitifully few survivors on how next to proceed.
Set one month after the slaughter of the Jedi, Purge by Ostrander and Wheatley finds yet more survivors encountering the Emperor’s new weapon as Darth Vader goes on his first mission since donning his emblematic black mask and helmet.
These are all strong stories both for fans of this brand and also comic narrative in general. Edgy, fast-paced, action-packed and very well illustrated, they serve to show what can be produced when top talent gets to play with mass market properties that have a willing, eager and receptive audience.
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