Greetings Fanboys, Fangirls, EU Fans, and returning Beyonders!
And welcome to Star Wars Beyond the Films!
This week, true believers, your EU Guru Nathan P. Butler and The Defender of the EU Mark Hurliman, invite you to come on a journey into the far flung past of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as they explore the first arc of the new Dawn of the Jedi series by Dark Horse Comics.
Kicking things off, Mark talks about feeling like Wedge Antilles?! Well, sometimes. Both Nathan and Mark talk about why John Ostrander and Jan Duursema are two of their favorite SWEU creators.
Nathan then breaks down the chronology of the story’s setting. As we know; the printed word isn’t always correct.
Mark ponders if we will get a 0.5 issue as we did with Legacy? In fact, both hosts agree that the Zero and Zero Point Five issues set the tone of new eras very well.
In terms of historical story; are we witnessing the first force war? Mark has mentioned before how Dawn of the Jedi feels like a reboot of what we know about Star Wars, now he explains. No Jedi?! And a Clone Wars tie! (a good one) Mark’s talking circles again; and this week he explains bubbles within bubbles.
Is there something “extra-special” going on, on the planet Thyon?
At last Ashla and Bogen arrive! Not just concepts, but also physical locations.
Nathan runs down some places and people giving a deeper glimpse into the time period.
Sleeper ships! Good Sith? And the evil Rakata, and their Infinite Empire Tatooine with WATER! Yep, we’ve seen it hinted at. Now witness!
And with an early oceanic Tatooine we also get the Kumumgah, those even less talked about natives of the planet. These guys eventually become the Tusken Raiders and the Jawas! Maybe we’ll see how?
Mark fanboys’ out over Jan Duursema’s art.
Balance seems to be the key to the setting of Dawn of the Jedi. Each Je’daii is striving for an internal balance. And the planet Tython seems reacts to that balance as well. Xesh’s arrival sent the whole planet into huge Force Storm chaos.
See anything similar in the Je’daii Code with both the Jedi and Sith Codes?
The Je’daii oath:
- There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
- There is no fear; there is power.
- I am the heart of the Force.
- I am the revealing fire of light.
- I am the mystery of darkness
- In balance with chaos and harmony,
- Immortal in the Force.
The guys talk tech, samurai like swords, and Rakatan technology.
Another unique thing about this series and it’s tech; no lightsabers… well a Forcesaber. Rakatan tech has a very unique look to it, from the Forcesaber to the Star Forge.
Mark even mentions Star Wars: Riptide’s use of Rakatan tech, and how ironic it is that the Dark Side is what inspired the lightsaber.
Mark digs the sleeper ships and the way they were worked into the story. As well as the old naval feel of most the ships seem in the Zero issue.
Nathan discovers that Spanish has some ancient Sith in it. Hola if you feel me!
And please; tell us if you’ve heard that a Bazillion times before. Ah Earthizms.
Kesh, Crech, or Zesh? Turns out Xesh is pronounced Zesh.
Daegan…. What will he do, and how will it affect the story?
Where are we gonna go next? We later learned at San Diego Comic Con that there will be a Dawn of the Jedi novel soon to come! Into the Void.
Could Xesh be a redeemable character? His story will shed a lot of insight into the Rakatan’s ways. Any way you slice it, it’s going to be a wild time in a new era!
So much to discuss this week, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Star Wars Beyond the Films!