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The most ancient Tales of the Jedi.
on 10 September 2004
It is 5000 years before the destruction of the Death Star and the Galactic Republic is flourishing. However, the young hyperspace explorers Gav and Jori Daragon are not. Orphaned and bankrupt, they gamble everything on a random hyperspace jump, hoping to find a new trade route and earn their fortunes. But they stumble across something long-forgotten and dismissed as myth; the Empire of the Sith.
It's a great opportunity to see how the Jedi and the Sith originally came into conflict. The Sith Lord Naga Sadow, seeing his Empire begin to stagnate misdirects his people's attention to a nebulous threat (George Bush Jnr anyone?) represented by Gav and Jori. There's also a fair dose of cutthroat politics as Sadow shows the ruthlessness and cunning essential to a good Dark Lord. Although, due the time frame of the story, the only familiar face is Odan-Urr (who appears in 'Dark Lord of the Sith' and 'The Sith War') there is plenty of Star Wars elements to attract fans; including a fierce duel and a climatic space battle. Also, just in case you're interested, one of the Sith characters is a severed head in a jar!
The artwork takes a bit of getting used to, sacrificing finesse for an overabundance of detail and colour. Another problem is that this is just the first half of a two-pat story, so you'll have to fork out for 'The Fall of the Sith Empire' too. Finally, and (to be honest) unimportantly, the Hutt character is generous and benevolent, which seemed a bit off compared to their usual money-grubbing double-dealing.
So far, the earliest Star Wars story (chronologically speaking of course), so a good place to start if you want to get the full picture of that Galaxy Far, Far Away.