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Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 4 – Light and Dark


Star Wars: Clone Wars - Count DookuWhile we mentioned that the last volume in this Clone Wars series ended on a cliff hanger, it isn’t addressed in this book. The series is following an interweaving pattern of concurrent stories through the various volumes and, as a result, we don’t see anything of Anakin and Obi-Wan here. Instead we get a good dose of two of the Jedi’s agents: Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura.

Star Wars: Clone Wars - Aayla SecuraBoth working under cover, it’s Vos’s story that is most interesting, as he comes into contact with Count Dooku – the character played by Christopher Lee in the films.

The plot is consistently thickening in this series, with questions thrown open about whether Vos is too deep under cover and liable to beat Anakin to a conversion to the dark side; while Secura, originally Vos’s apprentice, is busy making a name for herself but also falling into her undercover personas a little easily at times.

On the art side, Duursema maintains position as our favourite artist on this series, particularly when it comes to recreating familiar characters from the films. The colouring doesn’t approach the gorgeous painted effect we saw in the first volume, which is something of a shame, but it’s perfectly adequate and at its best during the blistering lightsaber battles.

The plot is heavily burdened with what we know is coming in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, as you’d expect from a series that’s attempting to do little more than flesh out some back story. But it’s an entertaining journey that will certainly appeal to Star Wars fans and, as with the other volumes in this series, may well be more attractive to the casual fan than the latest batch of movies.

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Story: 3 Art: 3 Overall: 3

Written by: John Ostrander
Art by: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons
Publisher: Dark Horse (US), Titan Books (UK)
First published: 2004
Originally published as: Star Wars: Republic 54 & 63, Star Wars: Jedi - Aayla Secura, Star Wars: Jedi - Dooku

Andy Shaw

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