Story: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Paolo Villanelli
Colors: Arif Prianto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
What They Say:
ONE AGAINST A WORLD. Jedi Knight ENO CORDOVA must risk his life to uncover the secrets of the Dark Temple on Ontotho…while the fearsome Ontothon army approaches! Can Padawan CERE JUNDA alone stop them from taking the temple for themselves? And who are the deadly TEMPLE GUARDIANS and what are they protecting?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The penultimate installment of this series brings us to a point where more teases are made as to the importance of what’s going on without actually getting any of it. This isn’t a surprise as I expected Matthew Rosenberg to hold out til near the end to lead into the game itself more fully. There’s a lot going on in this book and it moves forward well with a good bit of energy, a lot of that carried by some fantastic pages from Paolo Villanelli once again. I love the way his layouts come out and just the amount of detail to it overall but his work combined with Arif Prianto’s color work is almost revelatory – especially digital editions. This just leaps off the page and makes this alien world really come alive beautifully.
With another nod at the start in the “present” focusing on the Inquisitors combing through the ruins, the bulk of the book takes place in the past where everything is heating up fast. Daa and his men are set to head into the temple to find what they’re after, and Daa is incredibly confident to be sure, while the Jedi have their own goals. Cere and Cordova have been almost working completely different paths since the start of this adventure with Cere far more focused on the people and the Fylari in particular. Cordova, heading into the temple on his own while telling her to stay put, is intent on finding the secrets himself that should be relayed back to the Jedi. He’s playing a dangerous game in regards to whether he should even be in there with the agreement made but the allure of the past has him in its grip. Some of the traps inside attempt the same but he’s able to evade that.
Things go worse when Cere sneaks in herself to deal with some of Daa’s men that went in as they’re looking to secure the place and kill the Jedi so they can just run roughshod over the whole thing. The action is solid, the realization that the traps are largely newer and not part of the original temple alters perceptions a bit, and we see some pretty interesting things unfold – though Daa’s men really don’t rise to the occasion in the best of ways. Everything just keeps piling on and on, however, with the war outside getting into full gear. I like how everything is ramping up but at the same time it’s something that’s going to read far better when you have all five issues at once instead of the monthly-ish run that we’ve had which slows the impact of it all.
While the story is solid enough it’s the artwork and overall visual design that’s really making this a must-read book. I’m definitely curious to see how it all ends and hope there’s enough payoff to it because it’s been an interesting ride with some weird moments at times that worked better than they should have. And with it working from a different time but connected to other time periods, it just heightens my interest as it focuses on largely all-new characters, settings, and situations. With one more to go there’s definitely the potential for a strong ending and I’m hoping that the team can stick the landing and maintain this beautiful look.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: November 13th, 2019