The fourth problem of Daniel José Older’s The Excessive Republic: Path of Shadows brings with it new revelations and added heartache because it careens head-first into the tragedy of The Fallen Star. Even this problem comes with a physique depend, although one would possibly argue that the duplicitous Physician Uttersond had it coming.
“No matter It Takes” opens with an intriguing look into Uttersond’s life exterior of his masquerade with the Nihil, and lays out his plan to betray not solely the Nihil however the Jedi too. It’s so intriguing when The Excessive Republic authors introduce characters that paint the Jedi in the identical disdainful gentle because the Nihil. Whereas the Jedi are in the end a pressure of fine—or at the very least view themselves as the final word good—there are folks across the galaxy that view them as a hindrance to their livelihoods. Regardless of his minor position on this period, Uttersond is a reasonably advanced character whose motivations are rooted in being dismissed (regardless of being a physician) and mistreated (he’s referred to as a rodent repeatedly) by authority figures. There’s one explicit panel that encapsulates his breaking level so brilliantly that I can solely commend Dave Wachter and Giada Marchisio for his or her good art work that captures such uncooked frustration.
For Emerick and Sian, this can be a pretty uneventful problem up till the ultimate pages. They lounge round, fretting over what’s to come back, as Sian performs lovely music and taunts Emerick calmly about his fretting. It’s solely a matter of time earlier than they discover themselves thrust right into a firefight with the Nihil as they pinpoint Uttersond’s location. Aboard the ship, Emerick faces off towards Uttersound, however finds himself struck down by one thing. These poor Jedi can’t catch a break.
Fortunately, Sian attracts his lightsaber and fights again towards their pursuants, with assistance from Beesar Tal-Apurna who actually saves the day. The showdown on the ship is fairly spectacular, with Uttersond coming unglued towards the Nihil who interrupted his ploy, and the spectacular assault leveled by Beesar. It felt like watching a extremely enjoyable struggle sequence, reasonably than simply studying it within the pages of a comic book e book.
As they retreat, Sian appears out the window and watches because the Starlight Beacon bursts into flames—taking with it quite a few beloved and revered Jedi. I anxiously await Emerick’s response to this devastating loss. And admittedly, the one solution to make up for the approaching ache of Emerick realizing that he’s misplaced lots of his shut pals and allies within the destruction of the Starlight Beacon could be for Older to let Emerick and Sian kiss. It’s what the folks need, man. Make it occur.
Path of Shadows continues to be a really good piece of fiction, weaving new threads of style into Star Wars and delivering absolutely realized characters in a brief variety of pages. Older continues to show how proficient he’s at creating characters who really feel like previous pals, regardless that they’ve solely been in our lives for a number of months.
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Path of Shadows #4
Path of Shadows continues to be a really good piece of fiction, weaving new threads of style into Star Wars and delivering absolutely realized characters in a brief variety of pages.