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IF YOU WANT A GRIPPING STAR WARS YARN, THIS CERTAINLY DELIVERS, 16 Nov 2012
I've thoroughly enjoyed the Dark Times series so far. This latest collection, this time scripted by Randy Stradley, continues the high standard of writing, writing which is mirrored and expressed so well by the superb art of Dark Times regular, Douglas Wheatley. Wheatley has an excellent sense for narrative flow, composition and timing which really conveys the characters' emotions and predicaments while showing convincing motion during action sequences. In silent panels, his clean lines show you the characters' thoughts, through the lean in a character's stance or set of their face, to a degree I've often found lacking in comic art.
This is the fifth volume in the Dark Times series and, to get the most from the storyline, I'd recommend any newcomer to start with the first part, The Path to Nowhere. That said, this volume can be enjoyed as a standalone piece, and there is a short recap at the start that sets the overall narrative so far.
The protagonist, Dass Jennir, a wandering Jedi, is trying to find his way in a galaxy all but bereft of Jedi following the Purge (Order 66). Jennir, at odds with society, is an outcast and pariah as the Empire seek out the last of the Order, offering huge bounties on Jedi, dead or alive. Jennir is resourceful but not just concerned for his own survival by any means; he's just as determined to help others in plight, even if he doesn't always get it right.
Jennir's companion Ember is a great addition, introduced in the previous volume 'Blue Harvest,' when she hired Jennir, and what stands out about her here is her range of emotions and reactions, rather than some staid notion of a woman. She's feisty and makes a good counter to Jennir's often self-controlled, if tortured, personality.
The droid H2 returns, its polite, almost child-like personality reset a fun contrast to its sarcastic brilliance in Part 4. The crew of the Uhumele also return, following the trail of Jennir.
The new assassin character in this is another well executed player in the drama, and Wheatley's compositions are spot on with the deadly nature of this villain and his equally cold droid, I-Z.
The writer and artist here have done a sterling job of conveying the humanity of the characters throughout this story. Dark TImes has not yet let me down, and it's not all that often that graphic novels really grip you with such quality drama. I can only add that 'Out of the Wilderness' is well worth buying for its more mature treatment of the Star Wars galaxy. If you want your Star Wars to have characters you can care about and root for, this won't disappoint.