Published: November 13, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Penciler: Paolo Villanelli
Colourist: Arif Prianto
Cover Artist: Will Sliney & Dono Sánchez-Almara
ONE AGAINST A WORLD. Jedi Knight ENO CORDOVA must risk his life to uncover the secrets of the Dark Temple on Ontotho…while the fearsome Ontothon army approaches! Can Padawan CERE JUNDA alone stop them from taking the temple for themselves? And who are the deadly TEMPLE GUARDIANS and what are they protecting?
Rosenberg, he’s a man who likes to keep his cards close. We have had so much teased by this series, that I’m hoping this issue we’ll get some answers. Surely with the game released in the same week, now is the perfect opportunity to finally know the truth…
…Or not! We are still left with questions, the most important, what is so important about this temple! We do finally get to see inside this temple. The way that Villanelli illustrates it is exactly right, it is dull, old and devoid of much colour. With not much to actual see, it makes the whole thing even more of a mystery. The fact that it has booby traps, ancient guards and a language that neither the Republic nor Empire know, just adds even more to the mystery. Rosenberg teases us with actually allowing us inside the structure but gives no answers to what importance it could possibly hold. It’s frustrating and yet a wonderful hook to make readers want more. When the end came, an audible no came out of my mouth!
We then also have the mystery of who is to blame for, well, everything! The opening in the time of the Empire is, as always, wonderful. These snippets of current times really give this comic an edge. When they find Threelo, he says the Jedi are to blame. But as the issue continues, it seems everyone is blaming the Jedi! As happens so often, the mediators, who are trying to help a situation, are caught in the middle and blamed by both sides. Are the Jedi really to blame or are they another set of victims in this story?
And as I’ve just mentioned, Threelo is alive in the ‘present’ moment. Battered and parts showing, but he is active. Repairable? I hope so! This character I’ve come to really like, and although the story works well with Cere’s master returning, it has also diminished the part that Threelo has played in this comic. I really hope he is able to come back in a future series, as this droid’s humour is second to none and I think could give Han Solo a run for his money.
The artwork is as it always is, it draws you in and guides you into this other world. The action sequences move with wonderful fluidity, carrying you along the journey with ease. Villanelli knows how to use detail well but also when to refrain from adding too much.
It seems the week for penultimate issues, and Fallen Order is no different. Entering the temple, I thought we’d have answers, yet I have more questions. There is a lot here for Rosenberg to get through in the comic, perhaps too much. I do wonder how much is going to be left open for the game to fill in. With the game having finally been released, I’m sure there will be more interest shown in this series. If you are here because of the game, and I hear wonderful things, then I don’t think this comic will disappoint. I’ve tried to promise myself that I won’t play the game until this series has finished, a tall order if I do say so myself! For the finale, hopefully Rosenberg can give us some answers as well as showing us how this all fits in with the latest Star Wars game release…
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Dark Temple is a five-part series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic bookstores. This issue retails at $3.99.