Reviewed 11/01/97: Reviews issues #2 - #5
This series is definitely unusual... I'd say that the writing is of good
technical quality, but the story just didn't grab me. In the end, I just
didn't care if the characters lived or died.
Naturally the nature of the project has this danger built in much more than
those dealing with the movie characters, because the reader isn't predisposed
to like the characters. I excused this series on this basis until now. I felt
exactly the same way about the X-Wing series (actually, I liked the TOTJ
concept much better than X-Wing)... but the good work in 'Battelground
Tatooine' and the phenomincal 'Empire's Service' arcs have moved me from bored
I'm not sure exactly what can be done, because clearly DH has committed to
linking this series to events in the Jedi Academy novels and will be limited
by that focus.
The main positives I see are the extensive use of non-humans (even non-
bipeds), the ability to show multiple Jedi (with specialties) working together
and the newfound ability to get just exactly the right amount of similarities
to the movies to tie-in, but not copy.
While there are no blatent problems, you shouldn't buy this book for the art
alone. Pencils and color are average.
I like the fact that non-humans are featured, but the quality of design is
largely inconsistant. Some are quite good while others are simply earth animal
heads with a human body (only slightly better than classic Trek).
This arc of TOTJ isn't good enough to be excited about, nor bad enough to be
upset about. I suspect that this is why DH has had to plead with its readship
5/10. Not recommended.