The events of ‘Star Wars Jedi: The Dark Side’ #1 take place 53 years before Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the Rebel Alliance destroyed the first Death Star at Yavin 4. In the first major victory for the Rebels over the Empire, they kick-start a galactic shift in ideology.

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is dispatched to prevent the outbreak of a civil war on the homeworld of his Padawan Xanatos, whose father is the planet’s king. It is a mission that will lead Qui-Gon into close contact with the dark side and start him on a quest that will have a major impact on the future of the Jedi Order. This is the story of Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan before Obi-Wan Kenobi.

This book is a great opportunity for comic book and Star Wars readers new and old to jump onboard with a new series. It’s set in a wild and largely unexplored era of the Star Wars mythos.

I have always liked reading the Star Wars Expanded Universe stories (comic and novels). This story is certainly no exception. And even though I feel like it starts out a little slow, it is a nice introduction into the story of Qui-Gon’s first Padawan. It is always fun to see the pre-Phantom Menace stories, when they make reference to future Star Wars events.

I hope I don’t get killed here, but the Jedi Council is just terrible at decision making. I’m not surprised two Sith Lords (Vader and Sidious) were able tobring the whole Jedi organization down. This story is no exception. Why would you send the son of the king of a wartorn planet back to help resolve a potential civil war? The answer… poor decision making skills. Still, it will create drama and narrative, so I can’t really complain.

Ok, so in a week filled with #1’s this is one that should be added to your weekly pick up. And while you are it, add the series to your monthly pull-list. A very nice start to a new story by writer Scott Allie and the excellent art team of Mahmud Asrar and Paul Mounts.