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Tales of the Jedi: Redemption #1
Ten years after the Sith Wars, Ulic Qel-Droma tries to find a solitary place to live. Nomi Sunrider gathers the first meeting of Jedi for ten years.
For the record, I was tired of TOTJ and had no anticipation for this series at all. Somehow, this issue made me care about these characters I'd lost interest in. Maybe because 10 years has given them a fresh look? Ulic is defeated, Nomi is a leader and Vima is insolent. Tott's the same, but I'm not quite sure what he's been up to for the last ten years.
Not much happens other than introducing the characters and the situation, but that's par for the course for any issue #1 of 6. The dialog was well written and the typical Anderson references to other Anderson material is very forgivable here as setup allowing people who have lost interest in TOTJ to pick it up again.
Color aside, it shares many of the qualities I liked about the Manga ANH adaptation. These characters are very detailed and alive. The terror at Ryloth was very real, even in the beasts of burden.
Gossett has a general rule that a character's mouth is either completely closed or open wide enough to check the back molars. I've never really cared for that, but it's less annoying in this issue than ever before.
The colors are understated and stunning. Yavin was soft, alive and haunted. Rhen Var was cold. Exis Station is as beautiful as the Special Edition Cloud City, yet different. But best of all, you could feel the heat coming off of the page at Ryloth.
Can 'Redemption' do the same for 'Tales of the Jedi'? From what we see in issue #1, it's certainly possible. Is the title worthy of such a direct comparison to Miller's masterpiece? No, but it's a step in the right direction.
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