Story: Cavan Scott
Art: Ibraim Roberson
Colors: Neeraj Menon
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
What They Say:
THE FINAL LESSON! After years in exile on DAGOBAH, legendary JEDI MASTER YODA is visited by a ghost of his past. Plagued by painful memories, he must enter the CAVE OF EVIL to face his ultimate fear. But will the Jedi’s greatest teacher recall the most important lesson of all?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With some Yoda-focused storytelling in the past from Marvel that was interesting, the first storyline worked well. With the second storyline, the creative team changed, which is something that has me more excited about the book so that we get more variety to it. With this final installment to wrap it up, Cavan Scott stepped into the writer’s seat and we get some pretty solid stuff as I expected based on their past work and familiarity with the property. Similarly, Ibraim Roberson returns for the artwork and that’s a big plus, especially with Menon doing the color work on it. Roberson has done Star Wars work before and it still feels very much Star Wars overall for the Marvel brand of it but there are some neat moments and layouts for how events unfold and the color design breathes some really good life into it as a whole.
With the previous issue confirming that it was Obi-wan that Yoda was talking to, we learn through the dialogue in this one that this is just before the events on Hoth as Obi-wan is getting ready to make his appearance there. That’s not the main focus, however, as it’s more about Obi-wan trying to get Yoda to realize what he has to do in helping Luke and others in the time to come. I do wonder how some of this squares with some of what we’ve seen in Rebels, for example, but it’s easy to massage that. Obi-wan knows that Yoda has a lot of guilt over the past and while we’ve mostly had it related to time since the Phantom Meanice, the High Republic stories, and connections there help to heighten how far back some his mistakes go – and we all make mistakes in life – and how the accumulation of so much for someone that lives so long can turn into some real paralysis at some point. I like that he has to deal with all of that in his mind and that it does have him less interested in being involved after what has happened at the end of the Clone Wars.
But Obi-wan is persuasive enough and that they end up at the tree that we know Luke will go into eventually is interesting. Taking us through the things that haunt him, some of which this series covered earlier, is welcome. It brings to clarity that it was Dooku that had killed Yaddle, which he likely know but had buried in his mind, and the way that he has failed so many of his fellow Jedi over the years. The time with Dooku is nicely done because of their relationship and knowing how it went with Dooku’s own padawan and impact from there and I continue to like the expansion on the character in even small ways. The exploration of Yoda’s guilt covers a lot of ground and it definitely helps to reshape your view of him on Dagobah from the film with all the backfilling that has been done over the years and I think the High Republic adds the most in a way because it’s so far beyond all the Clone Wars material and it’s heavy connectivity. That said, in the end, it all does the job of making Yoda realize he has to be involved on some level.
The Yoda series has been a lot of fun overall because it wasn’t trying to do a real ten-issue storyline but some variable shorter works with their own pacing structure. Being able to jump to different time periods and character configurations worked in its favor as well and that made each storyline interesting to see what the focus was and to try and see how it all comes together, which it does well here at the end. Cavan Scott has done some strong work on the novel side and has some very solid comic work with Star Wars as well so this has the right kind of tone and concept to it that it adds without destroying and does so in a way that’s not forced. I remember spending years reading comics and playing with action figures wondering who else went into the tree, for example, and what they saw and that including Yoda and the stories I made up myself. Blending Obi-wan into it worked well here too. The whole run has been good and this is a solid conclusion to it that will stand the test of time for those that read it.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 2nd, 2023