'Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith—Spiral' - Advance TPB Review

 

Lost Tribe of the SithStar Wars as a universe contains the potential for many different stories covering different eras and genres and recasting heroes and villains again and again. The Lost Tribe of the Sith demonstrates this aptly. A group of Sith crashed long ago on the planet Kesh and have had to get by ever since. Though some knowledge of the Dark Side has been lost over the years, many of the core Sith tenets, including the ambition and struggle for power, remain ever present. It's this goal of power that is about to lead Parlan Spinner, a slave-born con artist, and Takara Hilts, a daughter of royalty denied every right and privilege of her family, on an adventure that will forever change the landscape of Kesh.


Neither Spinner nor Takara is exactly what I'd call likeable—they are Sith who are notably usually the bad guys after all—but they're well developed characters who aren't afraid to switch sides and objectives in order to achieve their goals and are rarely on the same page. Spinner, in particular, is constantly changing his position and jockeying for what he wants. It is the Sith way and it makes these characters stand out from their light side wielding counterparts. Takara's goal to be recognized and Spinner's goal to reach the stars are understandable, and their maneuverings are made even more enjoyable when put into the context of the higher political power games. It's like a series of chess moves are unfolding, only Takara and Spinner have yet to realize they're some of the pieces, not the players. While the bigger actions are to be applauded and the characters are a nice change from the norm, the actual details of the plot itself are a little over the top.

Speaking of, the art for Lost Tribe of the Sith is a little weak when compared to the art on some of the other Star Wars titles out right now. At times, characters seem incomplete, lacking any color to their eyes or appearing to have a missing (or very strategically hidden) arm. I also had some frustrations with the transitions from scene to scene. Oftentimes, a pivotal action moment would be missing only to be explained the panel after through dialogue. This sloppy bit of comic writing and art mostly felt like lost opportunities.

Kesh breaks away from the Star Wars mold and is a world with multiple climates! While the Keshiri people are largely left in the background, the world that's been created here is brand new and fascinating. Kesh is a world with very little metal, so with the exception of lightsabers, the Tribe and the other denizens of Kesh are forced to get by with medieval era technology. (Castle walls made from stone, wooden ships, and stone, glass, and bone blades and tools.) While based on the Sith order, the Tribe and the other groups found on Kesh are varied and provide some new ways to view the Force and the Jedi and Sith ways that I was quite pleased with. The setting looks fantastic and succeeds at being an interesting and vibrant new location to tell stories in the Star Wars universe.


Four Flying Uvaks out of Five

 

 

Last modified on Monday, 31 December 2018 23:42

Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

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