Monday, January 16, 2017

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #1

The Expanded Universe is a treasure trove of Star Wars stories.  The last major series of books from Del Rey before the Expanded Universe was done away with is the 9-novel Fate of the Jedi.  John Jackson Miller's Lost Tribe of the Sith eBooks are prequels to Fate of the Jedi, chronicling the history of this missing Sith tribe on the planet Kesh.  The Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral comic book is a continuation of the novels.

This comic series is different than many Star Wars comics.  The story reads more like a fantasy tale mixed with some Star Wars elements.  The story takes place entirely on the planet Kesh because the inhabitants of the planet do not have interstellar travel, although a spacecraft is introduced and destroyed later in the arc.  In the first issue, the main characters of Parlan Spinner and Takara Hilts are introduced and spend half the issue in the Sith city Tahv where the backstory is fleshed out.  They travel from Tahv to the unexplored frozen continent Eshkrene aboard a wooden sailing ship.  Both Parlan and Takara had separate plans to mutiny and take the ship to the recently conquered continent of Alanciar, but their plans fail and both end up being pursued by the captain and his men when they are saved by a group calling themselves the Doomed.

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (August 2012)
The regular cover for issue #1 shows Takara and Parlan with the wooden ship in the background.  Being a Sith, Takara has a traditional red lightsaber.

The same month the first issue was released, Star Wars Celebration VI took place in Orlando, Florida.  Tate's Comics in Florida offered an exclusive cover for the first issue limited to 1000 copies at this convention.  This is Tate's Comics 2nd Star Wars exclusive cover.

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Spiral #1b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (August 2012)
Tate's Comics exclusive
The exclusive cover shows Takara in a similar pose to the regular cover.  Behind Takara is the leader of the Doomed, Kaliska.  Kaliska is a S'kytri which is the winged species introduced in Marvel's Star Wars Annual #1.

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith was not announced as a limited series and presumably, if it sold well, it would have followed Dark Horse's usual mini-series within a series pattern.  Like many Star Wars titles during this period however, this 5-issue story arc was all that was released.

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