Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order - Dark Temple #4 Review

by NumidianPrime on November 16, 2019

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Paolo Villaneli
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel

In the fourth issue of Dark Temple, Cere and Eno have brokered a temporary truce between the warring Daa Corporation and native Fylari people so that they can explore the mysterious titular temple for themselves. 

I really enjoyed the first issue in this series and then didn't as much enjoy the next two issues. The general conflict of the series with the Daa and Fylari just didn't grab me. It still hasn't completely but this was definitely the issue that I enjoyed most since the first. It doesn't hurt that I have now played the game that this comic is intended to tie into. The series has done a good job of making care about Cere and Eno but the game did an even better job, which has now made me more invested in the comic. It's easier to see now how the comic has been setting up the game, both in terms of actual plot and in character portrayals. Cere and Eno are different people by the time we see them in the game but at the same time you can see how they grew from the characters we know in this comic. 

I also think that the darker twist the comic has taken make it more interesting. It's been a pretty straightforward and stereotypical story so far but there seem to be some indications now that it might not wrap up all that well for everyone, which is intriguing to me. I'm still not completely invested in the conflict or the charcaters outside of the two protagonists but it's easier to get more invested in the comic when I don't have an idea of how I think it will go, especially after having correctly guessed numerous plot developments in the previous issues. It makes me more interested in reading the next issue. Villaneli's art has been great throughout the run even when I haven't been enjoying the story as much, so I hope he continues to get Star Wars work after this. 

After playing the game it's also easier to see why this story was decided upon. At first it seemed to me like outside the two principle characters it didn't have much to do with the events of the game but now, without any spoilers, I have some guesses about how the next issue will dovetail into some concepts from the game, which is a little exciting. For the first time in a while, I'm actively looking forward to reading the next issue.

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