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Light and Dark by John Ostrander
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The dark side of the force can be a dangerous temptation to even the strongest Jedi, as Quinlan Vos discovers when he crosses light sabres with the true master of the dark, Count Dooku.



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Writing: 4.5; very good writing in this volume.
Artwork: 4.5; great artwork that definitely looks right out of Star Wars.
Theme: 4.0; four more tales set in the Clone Wars, these focusing on Quinlan Vos and his infiltration of Count Dooku's Separatist leadership; in the first, Quinlan goes undercover on Nar Shaddaa to get into Dooku's top ring of enforcers and is pursued by Jedi left in the blue; the second issue follows Aayla Secura as she and other Jedi try to destroy a Separatist compound and encounter Aurra Sing; the third follows Count Dooku's plot to turn Quinlan to the dark side, forcing him to complete various tasks to prove himself; and in the final, Quinlan takes his first mission as Dooku's apprentice, going to Coruscant under the impression he is sent to execute the secret Sith Lord in the Senate -- but Dooku has tricked him into believing the culprit's identity.
Content: 4.5; several battles with lightsabers and battles populate this volume, with quite a few characters dying and some even being cut in half or losing their limbs; Aayla Secura and Khaleen also wear revealing outfits.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.

The fourth volume in the Clone Wars graphic novel series, Light and Dark follows Quinlan Vos as he tackles his latest undercover assignment given to him by the Jedi: infiltrate the Separatists. Mace Windu, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Tholme, Quinlan's former Master, give Quinlan the mission to defect to Dooku's side -- or at least the appearance of it. In his first assignment, Quinlan tries to learn the location of a Separatist compound to help the Republic before being pursued by Agen Kolar. Quinlan decides to further himself into the Separatists' inner circle, making all but the three aforementioned Masters believe he has truly defected, even his apprentice, Aayla Secura. Meanwhile, Aayla joins Tholme, Kit Fisto, T'ra Saa, and the Dark Woman in the destruction of the Separatist compound, and they engage in battle with Aurra Sing. Shortly thereafter, Quinlan is able to infiltrate the circle of Dooku's lieutenants, vying with Tol Skorr and Kadrian Sey -- two other fallen Jedi -- for the role of Dooku's right-hand. In order to prove himself, Vos undergoes two dire missions: murdering a Falleen senator, and slaying a village of his kinsmen. Vos cautiously steps around the first, allowing Dooku to accept the sparing of the senator's life, but Vos gives into his anger and slays his fellow clansmen after learning of the cruel fate they bestowed upon his parents. This allows him entry into Dooku's circle, and to prove himself Vos enters the Senate undercover to kill a higher-up that Dooku had hinted is a Sith Lord, but he plays Vos into his hands by having him kill a senator, tricking him into believing the senator is actually the Sith. This book isn't as great as the others; it has good moments, but the only truly great story is the last one. Quinlan Vos is an enigma to me; at times, I find his character intriguing and enjoy reading his stories. At other times, however, I am put off by him. This book mostly falls into the latter category. Whenever we are confronted with him being a conflicted Jedi who is torn between his allegiance to the Order and the corruption he sees in the Republic, I really like the character. But there are quite a few times where I get very uninterested in the character, mostly when it ties into his undercover work. This book didn't really do it for me; I recommend it for the last story and the one featuring Aayla and the other Jedi, but the rest of it is pretty dull. It's still very integral to the overall story and much of it comes into play later, it just isn't that great here. ***Finished August 6, 2019*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Aug 6, 2019 |
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