Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review: Star Wars Omnibus Tales of the Jedi Volume 2

The second and last Tales of the Jedi omnibus from Dark Horse collects the following stories:

  1. The Freedon Nadd Uprising
  2. Dark Lords of the Sith
  3. The Sith War
  4. Redemption

Or in other words, the fall of Ulic Qel-Droma, the rising of Nomi Sunrider and the perdition of Exar Kun.

4000 BBY the galaxy was a very different place. Jedi romance was not forbidden, space exploration was not fully developed and Sith plans were more brute force than political cunning.

How good is it?

This omnibus is all about three major characters, Ulic Qel-Droma, Nome Sunrider and Exar Kun. If these names don't ring a bell then you should go back and read Star Wars Omnibus Tales of the Jedi Volume 1.

Exar Kun is now fully corrupted by the dark side and rages a war on the Galaxy. Its up to the Jedi to stop him and restore peace to the galaxy. Exar Kun will shake the Jedi order to its core. This war path will take another bright Jedi along a dark path. Ulic Qel-Droma, with nothing but the best of intentions will go down a road to perdition and embrace the Sith as a means to an end.

As predicted it doesn't go well for Ulic. However his journey is particularly interesting. Unlike most Jedi turned Sith, Ulic does believe to be working for a greater good, never seeing the error of his ways until it was too late. In the process he fights and maims his brother and leaves the love of his life heartbroken,

Ulic Qel-Droma's rise and fall story is a classic (if not, it should be) Star Wars story. You can't help but to root for Ulic when he is getting into trouble with the Jedi, feel disappointed with him when he lets himself get corrupted by the Dark Side and feel a bit gloom by the end of it all.

Star Wars stories are usually light on female characters but on Tales of the Jedi the reader is able to follow the chronicles of Nomi Sunrider, the woman that started as the wife of a murdered Jedi and grew to be the head of the Jedi Order.

She is strong and determined in her ways, as a mother and a Jedi. If you must, you can see her as the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Old Republic.

Ulic Qel-Droma and Nomi Sunrider are some of my favorite Star Wars characters in comic book format and Tales of the Jedi is the only place I can read up on them. On top of this, the Old Republic is a really great era that drinks from the Star Wars lore without having to worry too much about the Movies and continuity problems.

Art wise this is a bit weaker than the previous volume. On some chapters is even a bit bland. Overhaul is good, but there are moments where it could be better. In the Redemption story the art reaches its higher point.

Ulic Cain
Galaxy at War

Would I recommend it?

Very Highly. In fact, if I could only read one Star Wars comic (collected edition of course) it would be this one I'ed pick.

Great and epic stories, fantastic characters and great Star Wars era. This is what you'll find in this second Tales of the Jedi omnibus. This is a must read for any Star Wars fan.

Don't forget to read Star Wars Omnibus Tales of the Jedi Volume 1 first.

Publisher: Dark Horse
Year: 2008
Pages: 464
Authors: Various


  1. Sounds good.

    I have to be honest, though, and admit I haven't read a Star Wars comic in over a decade.

    1. Hi Arion,

      Its great that you got a good impression. Its my favorite SW related comic in my collection.

      It doesn't really matter if you've been away from SW comics. This one is well over 10 years old and has little to no continuity. In fact, apart from the Tales of the Jedi volume 1 there is no other continuity to keep track of.