Sunday, January 21, 2018

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0

As the cover of Dawn of the Jedi #0 states, it is not really a comic so much as it is a guide to the comic.  This guide uses prose and artwork to explain the backstory for the comic.  Dawn of the Jedi explores the Star Wars universe 25,000 years before A New Hope.  It tells the story of the ancestors of force-sensitive beings who were gathered from around the galaxy and brought to the planet Tython in massive pyramid-like spacecraft called Tho Yors.  Over generations other planets in the Tython system are inhabited by non-force sensitives, while those who are attune to the force remain on their home world of Tython.  These Je'daii eventually evolve into the Jedi and the Sith.  In addition to the history, key locations, beings, and technology are introduced so readers of the comic have a foundation for the stories that will be told.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (February 2012)
The standard cover shows a female and a male, presumably force-sensitive, with a glowing globe.  Neither character has anything to do with the story.  The Star Wars title is yellow.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (February 2012)
2nd print
Dawn of the Jedi #0 went back to print twice.  The second print uses the same artwork as the first print's cover, except Star Wars in the title is all white and the UPC box clearly states it is a second print.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0c - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (February 2012)
3rd print
The third print has all new cover artwork showing one of the Tho Yor spacecraft.  The UPC box clearly states it is a third print.

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