Published: February 13, 2019
Writer: Jody Houser
Penciler: Luke Ross
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
THE FORMER JEDI BEGINS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR HIS SITH MASTER! However, an unexpected encounter with an old student threatens his plans. Caught between his old life and his new, will DOOKU be able to protect the secrets of the SITH? And does he control the DARK SIDE, or is he merely its tool?
Count Dooku arrives on Sullust and is greeted by Kap Klyp of Sorosuub. Dooku is there to negotiate on behalf of his master, but firstly Klyp wants to take him on a tour of their engineering feats.
Bored of the tour, Dooku makes his excuses and wishes to return to his quarters prior to their evening meal. He turns away, but someone has recognised and calls after him. Jedi Knight Jak’zin remembers Dooku duelling with Master Yoda when from he was a Padawan on Coruscant. Dooku requests that Jak’zin join them for their meal and Klyp agrees. Back in his quarters, Dooku contacts Darth Sidious and discusses Jak’zin and the possibility of him being turned to their cause. He is sternly reminded of the rule of two by his master.
Over dinner, Dooku quizzes Jak’zin on why he is on Sullust, but the Jedi cannot give anything away. They retire, Dooku and the Jedi leave together, but his questioning does not stop. Finally, Jak’zin gives up that he is there to investigate the Kadana Syndicate. Unbeknown to him, this is the main objective of Dooku’s visit to Sullust. Maybe, he can use him to assist his own mission. Jak’zin agrees for Dooku to assist and they set off in pursuit of his lead.
They reach a warehouse and as they try to open the door, Dooku pushes Jak’zin to one side as a laser cannon fires at him. This is then disabled, and he uses his lightsaber to cut through the door. They immediately come under attack, but the laser bolts are deflected straight back at their source disabling their attackers.
Searching the warehouse, they stumble open a cache of weapons. It is now clear to Jak’zin that the Kadana Syndicate deal in arms. Suddenly they are surrounded by the members of the Kadana Syndicate who attack them. Jak’zin and Dooku ignite their lightsaber’s, but the Jedi is dumbfounded that Dooku’s blade is crimson red. Ignoring it momentarily they make quick work of the Syndicate members.
Jak’zin questions Dooku over his blade, but a single blaster bolt from a rifle under Dooku’s force control cuts down the Jedi. Dooku turns to a survivor of their defence and lifts many guns into the air with the force and unleashes their charges at him.
Dooku’s trip to Sallust has been successfully, he leaves Klyp behind to return another time to complete the negotiations.
On the cover from Paolo Rivera we have the usual layout with Dooku in action but accompanied by some really cool title lettering. The usual movie still from Lucasfilm and a concept I can’t remember seeing before from Power. The puzzle is now nearing completion, with the McKone/Guru-eFX collaboration, but the stand out cover is a late announcement.
John Tyler Christopher (JTC) announced at the weekend that he has drawn up an exclusive variant that will only be available through his website from February 28, 2019. This time the subject of his chosen Action Figure Variant series is Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Master. This is my must have for this issue, just hope I am lucky enough to be able to order one!
Now, I would love to have seen this as an early episode of The Clone Wars. Set prior to Dooku’s allegiance to the Separatist cause had been revealed but post him leaving the Jedi. So, in some ways a twilight moment in Dooku’s past. It seems that at this point in time he is doing his masters bidding, while still being recognised as the aristocratic representative of his homeward.
I really liked the fact that the Jedi Knight Jak’zin recognises him, but he is manipulated to let Dooku in on his mission. Obviously Jak’zin is influenced by being in the presence of someone he looked up to and is blinded to the treachery and his fate that lies ahead.
Also, a clever addition to this was how Dooku uses the blasters to kill Jak’zin, disguising the fact that a Sith had taken his life.
The one thing I am not sure about is the look of Jak’zin. The tiger looking humanoid seems a little out of place to me and didn’t feel right. In saying that, everything throughout this issue is so well drawn and coloured. Luke Ross just seems to have a knack of nailing it every issue he is involved with.
Bria LaVorgna brings the issue to a close with her behind the scenes lowdown on Count Dooku, with a really well written article.
On the whole, this is one of the stronger issues in the series.
Next issue is the penultimate issue of the series and tells a tale of Padmé Amidala.
This issue was released on 13th February 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.