Star Wars
Clone Wars - Volume 9

Authors: John Ostrander and Welles Hartley
Artists: Jan Duursema and Douglas Wheatley
Titan Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6338 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 338 6
Available 20 October 2006

Many Jedi have been gunned down by their own clone troops. Those lucky or skilful enough to survive Order 66 now find themselves faced with the darkest of questions. Is it too late to save the Republic they swore to defend? Some Jedi will make valiant last stands. Others will seek asylum in the shadows of the underworld, turning their backs on a galaxy that has betrayed them. Still others will try to carry on, attempting to bring freedom to the oppressed. And a resolute few will band together to topple Sith rule, setting a trap for the Emperor's new enforcer - Darth Vader...

Endgame is the ninth collection in the Clone Wars series of graphic novels. The three stories contained in this volume follow events that unfold at the same time, or soon after, the action in the Revenge of the Sith movie.

The first tale, Hidden Enemy, takes place concurrently with the events in Revenge of the Sith. This, takes up the lion's share of this collection, and follows Jedi Master Vos as he tries to come to terms with the fact that the Jedi have been scattered across the galaxy. There is also a welcome appearance by Vilmarh Grahrk (Villie), the demonic looking Devaronian who thinks quite a lot of himself, as well as several other familiar faces from the Star Wars universe.

Next up is Into the Unknown, which takes place two days after the events in Revenge of the Sith. This opens on the planet Toola. It follows several Jedi knights, including Dass Jennir, as they try to pick up what remains of their kind. In order to defeat the Sith they must make alliances in the most unlikely of places.

The finale story, and personally my favourite, is Purge. This is set one month after Revenge of the Sith and sees Darth Vader being lured into a trap by a group of Jedi. Even Vader couldn't possibly expect to win against such odds. It's not spoiling anything to reveal that he does overcome the odds. And it also goes some way to explaining how the galaxy came to tremble at the mention of his name.

Another fantastic collection of engaging tales from a series that is an almost 100% guarantee of quality stories.

Pete Boomer

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