I’ll be honest when I say that Dark Times is one of the comic lines that I haven’t been able to keep up with. I am however, a fan of the era. Rogue Jedi being hunted to extinction by Darth Vader and the Inquisitorious while small people take big stands against an increasingly powerful totalitarian regime? Where do I sign up?
However, this particular story arc fell a little flat for me. It has followed Dass Jennir, former Jedi Knight of no great skill and his companion Ember Chankeli as they are marooned on a desert planet while at the same time being hunted by an unknown assassin.
This issue features the final showdown between Jennir and the assassin as the Jedi races to save Ember’s life and the fallout after those events.
In a desert wasteland, it comes to a showdown. Using Jedi Dass Jennir’s friend Ember Chankeli as a pawn and his own tracking droid as a secret weapon, cold-blooded assassin Falco Sang believes he has the contest rigged. But what he hasn’t counted on is not one, but three willing sacrifices. How can you win against opponents who will risk everything?
And even if Sang wins, he still has one big problem: Darth Vader!
It feels to me that Out of the Wilderness is the wrong arc to jump into this ongoing series with. There is a lot of stuff in this book that is not referenced very well in the context of the overall plot and it feels a little bit like it is assumed that the readers have been keeping up with the series.
The writing is fairly solid. There are some slight inconsistencies and places where the dialogue gets a bit shaky, but that’s something that any Star Wars fan is used to. Douglas Wheatley’s artwork suffers some similar inconsistencies. It is very good for the most part, but there are some panels that just look… off. There were several times that I had to look at a panel several times to figure out what exactly was going on. All of that aside, the artwork is very well done.
If you have been following the Dark Times story so far, you definitely won’t want to miss this issue. If you haven’t been keeping up, I would recommend seeking out some back issues before diving into this particular story arc. You can pick it up from Dark Horse Publishing on April 25th for $3.50.