The issues collected in this Omnibus are from the comic series "Republic," which was re-branded as "Clone Wars" when it was released in 9 trade paperbacks. These stories in particular take place prior to those TPB's. Having read through the entire series myself, this Omnibus is the start of one of my favorite expanded universe characters. It captures the genuine fun and excitement many Star Wars fans crave and breathes new life into the stale, boring era of the prequel trilogy.
Republic centers around the members of the Jedi Council, and answers the simple question "why should I care about these Jedi?" You learn bits and pieces about what makes each council member tick throughout the series. A few of the Republic stories have been collected in past Omnibuses (Prelude to Rebellion, Outlander, and Emissaries to Malistare), but this is the one to start with if you want to read the best of the series--the struggles of Quinlan Vos.
"Quinlan Vos-Jedi in Darkness" follows the story of the troubled Jedi, Quinlan Vos, who upon getting his memory erased and left for dead on Nar Shaddaa, must gain back his lost knowledge and avoid the temptation of the dark side of the force. Throughout the story, Quinlan Vos meets the Devaronian smuggler "Villie" who serves as his occasional sidekick, who attempts to profit from Vos' misfortunes. He's got some groan-worthy dialog occasionally, but nonetheless is an intriguing character who compliments Vos well. Also among the main cast is Quinlan's pupil, the fan-favorite Aayla Secura, and Vos' former master, Tholme.
The best stories in this collection are without a doubt Twilight, Darkness, and Rite of Passage, primarily for John Ostrander's pulp-writing and Jan Duursema's brilliant visuals. Although written by Ostrander, "The Stark Hyperspace War" feels like a failed experiment in storytelling. Everything is told in past-tense like a campfire story and never really picks up because you're constantly reminded of that, and as you read, you'll be aching for it to be over. Fortunately, skipping it doesn't have any impact on the main storyline. "Infinity's End" serves as a nice little side-story between Twilight and Darkness, but you will quickly miss Duursema's art. "The Devaronian Version" is a humorous take on Twilight from Villie's point of view. Any fan of the "Tag & Bink" stories will enjoy this one.
Overall, this collection is worthy of a 4.5 star review and shouldn't be missed for any Star Wars fan. Here's hoping Dark Horse releases the rest of Republic in Omnibus format! These books are top quality, low-priced, and look incredible on your shelf!