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Book Title: Star Wars: Clone Wars, Volume 2: Victories and Sacrifices|
The author of the book: W. Haden Blackman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 640 KB
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Edition: Dark Horse
Date of issue: December 8th 2003
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Background: Victories and Sacrifices, released in September 2003, collects issues 51-53 of Republic and the second issue of the Jedi series of one-shots: Republic: The New Face of War (2 issues, March-April 2003) was written by Haden Blackman and pencilled by Tomás Giorello. Republic: Blast Radius (1 issue, April 2003) was also written by Blackman and drawn by Brian Ching. Jedi: Shaak Ti (1 issue, May 2003) was written by John Ostrander with art by Jan Duursema. All of them also contributed to Clone Wars - The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales (my review) with the exception of Ching, who (in addition to several other Republic issues) also did the art for about half of the Knights of the Old Republic series.
The New Face of War is set about 3 months after the Battle of Geonosis (22 years before the Battle of Yavin), features Obi-Wan, Anakin, Durge, and Asajj Ventress, and takes place on a moon of Naboo. Blast Radius takes place about a month later, and also features Obi-Wan, Durge, and Asajj Ventress. Mace Windu (retitled "Catspaw" here) is set another month after that (5 months after the Battle of Geonosis), and features Shaak Ti (obvoiusly) and Quinlan Vos. It takes place on Brentaal IV.
Summary: In The New Face of War, the Jedi stumble upon a Gungan settlement that has been wiped out by a chemical attack, and soon find themselves fighting for their lives against the Separatists' most elite assassins as they try to prevent a similar attack on Naboo.
In Blast Radius, Obi-Wan teams up with a group of legendary Jedi to steal the antidote to the Separatists' chemical weapon, but they find themselves in a trap that they may not all escape from.
In Catspaw, Shaak Ti leads a small team into an enemy fortress in a desparate ploy to turn the tide of a battle that the Republic has already lost once. Once inside, she is forced to trust old enemies and hope that at least one of several long-shots pays off.
Review: The New Face of War is probably the strongest of the three in terms of action, though it isn't long on plot. There's lots of well-drawn dueling, and depiction of Asajj Ventress particularly shines. It's reasonably exciting, even though the outcome never really feels in doubt (despite some obvious attempts to make us believe otherwise).
Blast Radius is fine, but it's greatest strength is also it's greatest weakness: It introduces several new and awesome Jedi characters, but never gives a chance to really get to know anything about them. And there's no reason to even try to care about them, because we know from the beginning of the story that none of them survives. It feels like a really cheap way to grind up some Jedi to prove that there are "stakes" to the conflict. And if you aren't a big fan of Durge (and I'm not) then you aren't going to care for much of this collection. I don't buy that he's so absurdly epic as to be more than a match for multiple "legendary" Jedi.
Shaak Ti has the most to offer in the way of plot and character development, but it's trying too hard to be a story about how Jedi handle the notion of "revenge" without ever really committing enough to flesh out its ideas. And here, again, there's an attempt to put the outcome in doubt without it ever really feeling like it is.
Overall, this collection is long on action, and there's some great artwork to go along with it, but it doesn't feel like anything of consequence happens. Hard Contact (my review) handles the idea of a threat of chemical warfare way better. This is super-skippable.
The New Face of War: C
Blast Radius: C
Shaak Ti: C
Read information about the authorW. Haden Blackman is a writer who has long worked in the Star Wars universe. He is also the project lead on the MMO Star Wars: Galaxies and the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
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