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.
After my first reading of this issue, I felt that it had a very familiar feel
to it. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the title it
resembled was Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns". That classic series
takes place ten years after the last public appearance of the Batman and
features a retired and solitary Bruce Wayne hiding from his past. Demons drive
him to take up his Knighthood, joined by a reckless young red-haired girl. (If
you enjoy comics, and you haven't read TDKR you owe it to yourself to read
it... among the greatest ever written.) Redemption follows this story very
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.
Before the story connections clicked in, I noticed the similarity in artistic
style to that of 'The Dark Knight Returns'. Ulic's face and build looks like
that old Bruce Wayne, and both titles share a very "sketchy" look setting a
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.
Part of the legend of "The Dark Knight Returns" was that it breathed new life
into a Batman franchise that was spiraling into irrelevance. It brought the
title a new tone and a new level of writing.
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