Vima finds Ulic and tries to convince him to train her. Sylvar attempts to find peace
on her home world, but finds herself facing a struggle with the dark side of the Force.
This issue is light on plot, but strong on character.
Both Ulic and Vima are very sympathetic here. Ulic is a haunted and defeated
man whose current plight seems punishment enough for previous wrongs. Vima
isn't a typical hardened shell victim that many neglected teenagers turn into.
Instead, she's become vulnerable and soft with the prospect of the father
figure she never had. (Yes, I know how cliche it sounds... but it rings true
Sylvar, the definite weak point in issue #2, comes off much better as well. We
see the inner demons that cause her rage, not simply the rage itself. Jedi
struggling with the light and dark side is very interesting when done well.
The art in the Vima/Ulic scenes is wonderful. You really get the sense of the
centuries abandoned buildings, the "shattered" imagery of Ulic and Vima and
the intensity of the storm.
The look of the architecture and landscapes of Sylvar's home world are very
original and well done. The population, on the other hand, just don't look
right. Nor does Sylvar who could almost be a different person in each panel.
I must exclude the entire 'blood hunt' scene where Sylvar and Tott are both
great... especially the high energy running panels and lightsaber poses. The
giant bugs, on the other hand, felt uninspired like something out of an old
low-budget 'B' movie.
I haven't talked much about the color in this title. It has kept in line with
the sketchy look of the book and has been consistantly solid. This issue, I
took particular note of the detail in the color in the hair of the various
characters. Very nice!
This title is back on track. If issue #2 turned you off, give it another