Qui-Gon Jinn will kick off the Ages of Star Wars maxiseries for Marvel. Here’s what we need to look for in the first issue.
Say what you want about The Phantom Menace – it didn’t live up to the hype, Jar Jar, Anakin was just an annoying little kid, Jar Jar, too much politics, Jar Jar, etc. The list goes on.
One thing that can’t be denied is the aura of coolness surrounding Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn.
As the Ages of Star Wars comic maxiseries gears up for release, it’s Qui-Gon who will kick off the Age of Republic saga on Dec. 5. It makes sense, especially since he was arguably the main character of Episode I.
There’s still a week to go until the issue hits the shelves, but it’s never too early to speculate on what’s in store for us. Here’s some predictions for the Qui-Gon comic.
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Beef with the Jedi Council
Qui-Gon is famous for not being a member of the revered Jedi Council, even though he’s one of the Order’s most respected Jedi. The only time we really saw this play out in The Phantom Menace is when he presents Anakin to the Council as the Chosen One.
I want to see some badmouthing between the two parties. Well, not badmouthing, but something like a big disagreement or a falling out with a fellow Jedi. According to Marvel’s digital comics shop, Qui-Gon “is known to bend the rules and it’s gotten him into plenty of trouble with the Council.”
Let’s see some of that “trouble” play itself out.
Obi-Wan training session
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After reading the brief description of the issue, this isn’t likely. But hey, the Obi-Wan hype has been building in the past couple days from the unlikeliest of places. We get a solid dose of Obi-Wan in Episode I and we loved it, but we never actually saw training or meditation sessions between Master and Apprentice.
It’s not likely because the issue will focus on “a mission that goes awry”, but if I was a betting man, Obi-Wan will play a role in this book. However, on the off-chance that sessions with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are revealed, it would put a smile on my face.
Studying to become a Force ghost
We all know how Qui-Gon met his demise. What we don’t really know is how he unlocked the secret of life after death. Yeah, this was addressed a little bit in The Clone Wars when Yoda traveled to learn the inner-workings of the Force – but this issue isn’t about Yoda, though he does make an appearance.
Qui-Gon was one of the most unorthodox Jedi that we’ve seen, but one of the things that made him stand out was his ability to return as a Force ghost. I think that it would be awesome to see this in Qui-Gon’s issue, but the odds seem low.
Flashbacks to Count Dooku’s tutelage
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Before he turned to the Dark Side and took up the mantle of Darth Tyranus, Count Dooku was a respected Jedi Master. It was under Dooku’s guidance that Qui-Gon began his journey to becoming a Master himself, and it was his death that contributed to Dooku’s betrayal of the Order.
We know that Qui-Gon must have meant a lot to Dooku. After all, it was a factor in his decision to join the Sith. What I want to know is whether or not the feeling was mutual. Did Qui-Gon view Dooku as a kind of father figure? Did he know that Dooku was becoming frustrated with the Council, a frustration that he would have for himself?
The bottom line is that a flashback to Qui-Gon’s Dooku days would be really interesting to see on the page.