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Book Review: The Desperate Mission, Dark Warning (Star Wars – The Last of The Jedi Series) by Jude Watson

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Okay, let's get one thing straight: I’m 32 but don’t really act it.  I’m a big kid at heart –  just ask my wife. I collect comic books, snatch up Star Wars trading cards and toys on ebay, and have Tivo season passes for animated series like Legion of Super-Heroes, The Batman, and Fantastic Four.  

Now, I share these things with my seven-year-old stepdaughter, but the truth is I was into them long before she came along and will still be after she loses interest. Luckily, my wife is working on a new addition to our family, so I’ll have more “excuses” to watch other animated shows and corrupt the baby with cartoons, comics and, most importantly, Star Wars. 

Star Wars is my all-time favorite genre; thousands of my hard-earned dollars have gone into acquiring choice action figures, trading cards, comics, magazines, books etc. I'm always on the lookout for the next great addition to the franchise. Recently, I came across a series from Scholastic called Last of The Jedi and I was immediately intrigued.   

The first two books, entitled The Desperate Mission and Dark Warning respectively, take place between Episodes III and IV. Obi-Wan Kenobi is frantically trying to find any surviving Jedi, while racing to reach the great database on Polis Massa to erase any information about Luke & Leia’s birth before Malorum, an inquisitor of the empire, discovers this powerful secret.  

Along the way he finds Ferus Olin, a former padawan whom Obi-Wan enlists to his cause. But before he can do that, he must repair the rift between them. Back in his academy days, Olin harbored a deep resentment toward Obi-Wan and Anakin, feeling that they got all the attention because Anakin was “the chosen one.” Boba Fett also emerges as an obstacle that the pair must deal with, which, ironically, adds some comic relief to the stories.   

By the end of Dark Warning, we learn that Obi-Wan must head back to Tatooine to watch over a certain child. This is not surprising considering there's really not much that can be done with his character as Lucas already established that Obi-Wan spent the time in between Episodes three and four in exile.

Books three through six will thus focus on Ferus Olin, who is upset that Obi-Wan is leaving and tries to convince the Jedi Master to come with him to find other Jedi, including one rumored to be held on Coruscant in the former Jedi Temple. But that's for my next review. 

Even with their darker themes, as far as I can tell, Last of The Jedi is a series that is being enjoyed across the generations. Not only are children enjoying the stories, but so are the parents who are reconnecting with their kids through this timeless story. Word of advice: very young children will probably be left lost or disinterested with the more sophisticated plot lines, according to conversations I've had with other adult Star Wars fans who have tried to share these stories with their children. Darker themes and four-year-olds don’t often mix.  

But then again, according to Obi-Wan, these are the dark times. And anyone looking for a bit more info about the times in between the prequel and the original trilogy should definitely pick this series up – and also look out for a five-issue mini-series entitled The Dark Times from Dark Horse Comics, which will deal with the newly-created Darth Vader. And yes, of course I'll be reviewing those as well. 

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