[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, are on a mission on the planet Bri’n protecting its Priestess of Wood from the attacks of the Metal Clan. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan escape without fighting back, and this angers the Priestess. The trio go to Coruscant, where the two Jedi report back to the Council. Qui-Gon is troubled that the Priestess of Wood believes the Jedi to be warriors, and he is worried that the Jedi Order may one day become an army instead of simple servants of the Force.
Age of Republic: Qui-Gon Jinn #1 succeeds by focusing on the subtler interesting details of its titular character from Phantom Menace as well the inconsistencies of the Jedi Order from the prequels that were more focused upon in Last Jedi.
Qui-Gon was ready and willing to challenge the Jedi Council in Phantom Menace, and that was one of the more (positively) memorable moments from the film. Here, he questions the Order’s willingness to be true peacekeepers, and that answers genuine criticisms of the Jedi Order both in and out of the Star Wars universe. They seem more like warriors than peacekeepers and missionaries. They become an army for the Republic, and even Luke Skywalker becomes a Jedi warrior to fight against the Empire up until the end of Return of the Jedi.
It’s also a tightly focused and succinct story. A mission raises doubts and concerns in Qui-Gon, and he goes on short quest to answer those fears.
Cory Smith renders it all very well, too. Qui-Gon looks very much like his Liam Neeson representation while still looking like he fits in the world around him. The alien worlds shown in this issue have very creative designs that are brought to life in dazzling ways. Color artist Java Tartaglia keeps things vibrant and eye-catching throughout with alien color palettes that light up the page.
Star Wars Age of Republice: Qui-Gon Jinn #1 is an impressive first showing from this Age of maxiseries being put out by Marvel. Jody Houser does excellent work in bringing Qui-Gon to life in a one-off story that captures the identity of the character excellently. This book definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.
Star Wars Age of Republic: Qui-Gon Jinn #1 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Cory Smith, inker Walden Wong, color artist Java Tartaglia, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Paolo Rivera, and variant cover artists Cory Smith with Romulo Fajardo Jr., Giuseppe Camuncoli with Elia Bonetti, and Mike McKone with Guru-eFX.