Jedi Council: Acts of War #4 (of 4)
Story: Randy Stradley
Art: David? Fabbri
Inking: Christian Dalla Vecchia
Coloring: Dave McCaig
Lettering: Steve Dutro
Cover: David? Fabbri, David Stewart
Reviewed by: JF Boivin (11/27/2004)
The Jedi strike force on Yinchorr finally find the location of the Yinchorri Command from a Devaronian prisoner: it is under the surface of a fourth planet named Uhanayih. Meanwhile, Chancellor Valorum passes a vote to send a Navy fleet to help the Jedi at Yoda's suggestion. Once they are found, the Yinchorri surrender easily. But all this was part of a sinister plan by the Sith, who are also content that a Jedi Council member has died and the Yinchorri threat is out of the way.
This series will forever be known to be the introduction and the death of Council member Micah Giiett. Even though he wasn't a "movie" Jedi, he was as important as all the other Jedi Masters in this series. And the way Stradley developped his character and personality over four issues with a large cast really shows his talent as a storyteller. I mean, I came to care about Micah, so when he is sniped by a Yinchorri flying by, it feels very cheap. And the way he just gives up, even if he sacrifices himself for a worthy cause... the medical technology in Star Wars is really advanced, and I'm sure they could have healed him. Oh well. This is a nice lead-in into the "Prelude to Rebellion" series, as Mace suggests Ki-Adi Mundi as a replacement.
Another link to the ongoing series is the Jedi learned of Vilmarh Grahrk's involvment, and are determined to find him, even though they suspect he wasn't the mastermind behind this whole plot. The mastermind, of course, is Darth Sidious. And true to The Phantom Menace, he chooses not to rreveal himself until the right time has come. For now, he is just content to manipulate events behind the scenes.
Although the storyline is a bit weak at times, overall this is an entertaining series, full of action, intrigue and interesting characters. Plus, it's a true "prequel" as it foreshadows a lot of elements from Episode I and other Expanded Universe fiction. It shows that the Jedi are not infallible, and that even Mace Windu can make mistakes.
It seems to get better with each issue. This will make a good trade paperback collection, as the art is consistent throughout.
Although it's not perfect, I really liked this series as one of the earliest stories chronologically in the Star Wars universe. It has good things for fans of Jedi, fans of the movies, and fans of Star Wars adventure.
Rating: 8 / 10 Highly Recommended