Jedi Fallen Order: Dark Temple #3 Review

by Ellie J. on October 09, 2019

After two issues of set-up, Jedi Fallen Order: Dark Temple is finally getting good. To recap the first two issues, this miniseries has two parallel stories set on the planet Ontotho. In the present, the Second Sister, an Imperial Inquisitor, is on the hunt for Jedi survivors, and is massacring the local Fylari with help from her Purge Troopers. In the past, Jedi padawan Cere Junda and her master Eno Cordova are on Fylar to investigate a recently-found temple, with help from Ontotho's Daa Corporation. Instead, they find the Daa Corporation in a dispute with the Fylari, an independent nation on the planet near the temple. In the previous issues, Cordova was killed by daa's enforcers, convincing Cere to take the side of the Fylari; in the present, the Second Sister continues on her mysterious quest.

In this issue, Cere and the Fylari drive off a squadron of the enforcers, but they're tracked back to their camp. In the next assault, Cere finds Chairman Daa, the leader of the Corporation. She's confronting him when she finds out that Cordova is still alive, nursed back to health by Daa. Two days later, Cere and ambassadors from Fylar meet with Cordova and ambassadors from the Daa Corporation; they manage to agree to stay peaceful for the time being. After the meeting, Cere expresses her anger at Cordova for taking Daa's side, but he reassures her that he's just trying to keep the two sides at peace until the two of them find out what's going on with the mysterious temple. 

Up until this issue, I wasn't really enjoying this series. The story seemed a little overdone for Star Wars; it's been done before with the Lurmen in The Clone Wars, as well as a dozen other stories. But now that the action and plot are picking up, I'm finally invested in what happens. I do wish the present-day story with the Second Sister would have a little more focus (because she's the best), but it's not a big problem. The art is really good; Paolo Villanelli is a fantastic artist (he did the Lando: Double or Nothing series before this, which I didn't like nearly as much). Overall this issue was good, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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