Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2 Review

by Dennis Keithly

Dok-Ondar tells the story of how he acquired a lightsaber from Greedo of all people in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2.

Warning: This article contains plot points for Galaxy’s Edge #2.

Galaxy's Edge #2 Cover

Galaxy’s Edge #2

Story: Ethan Sacks | Art: Will Sliney | Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara with Protobunker | Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham | Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards | Production Designer: Anthony Gambino | Assitant Editor: Tom Groneman | Editor: Mark Paniccia

After two issues of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a structure for the stories has taken shape. Black Spire Outpost on Batuu is an important, but remote, space port to both the First Order and the Resistance. Plus, it is a haven for the underworld. Nestled inside the city on the edge of the known galaxy is Dok-Ondar’s Den Antiquities. Named after its proprietor, the Den of Antiquities is the place to go for just about any rare collectible the galaxy has to offer. Dok-Ondar doesn’t just collect rare artifacts though. He also collects the stories of their acquisitions as well. Furthermore, if you enter his shop, don’t expect to leave until he has told you at least one story from his collection. The First Order hears the tale of a Clone Wars era lightsaber in Galaxy’s Edge #2.

Ki-Adi-Mundi's lightsaber

An Unlikely Protagonist – Dok-Ondar’s Tale

Galaxy’s Edge #2 actually features multiple stories. The issue starts with a reminder of how Ki-Adi-Mundi met his fate during the execution of Order 66 at the end of the Clone Wars. The final panel of this flashback features Ki-Adi-Mundi’s lightsaber lying on the bridge in Mygeeto. The story next returns to Mygeeto when Dok-Ondar tells the story of he acquired Ki-Adi-Mundi’s lightsaber. First Order stormtroopers arrived at Dok-Ondar’s store while attempting to flush out Resistance spies. While they are there, they attempt to intimidate Dok-Ondar into cooperating. Although they don’t respect history, Dok-Ondar can’t let them go without telling a story.

Of all the beings that might have acquired Ki-Adi-Mundi’s lightsaber, most Star Wars fans were surely surprised to discover that it was Greedo that got the job done, although that wasn’t his primary mission. As Dok-Ondar describes it in Galaxy’s Edge #2, Greedo was on Mygeeto to abduct a Givin from the banking clan. This particular Givin had implants similar to Lobot’s, and they augmented his already exceptional skills at math. Jabba the Hutt wanted this Givin and his skills to tip the balance in the underworld in his favor.

Surprisingly, Greed displayed a fair amount of competence in getting this job done. That is, he was competent right up until the end. He miscalculated the strength of a cable used in his escape, and when it snapped, the Givin fell to his doom from a skyscraper on Mygeeto. However, Greedo did manage to steal Ki-Adi-Mundi’s lightsaber during his escape from the banking clan. His hope was that Jabba would accept it as compensation for failing in his primary mission. Although Jabba wasn’t interested, Dok-Ondar just happened to be in Jabba’s audience chamber and paid handsomely for the ancient weapon.

A Haven for Outlaws

Greedo’s acquisition of Ki-Adi-Mundi’s lightsaber isn’t the only story in Galaxy’s Edge #2. There is another story that began in Galaxy’s Edge #1. A trio of scoundrels, which includes Remex the Clawdite, Wooro the Aqualish, and the human woman Kendoh, arrived at Black Spire Outpost in search of an ancient Sith artifact. They planted a monitoring device in the Den of Antiquities, and then they bided their time until Dok-Ondar revealed its location there and his plans to move it.

Their interest in the artifact and the arrival of the stormtroopers provided Ethan Sacks and Will Sliney another opportunity to show off a little more of Black Spire Outpost in Galaxy’s Edge #2.  Dok-Ondar revealed that he told the stormtroopers the story of the lightsaber to make a point. Black Spire is rising in importance to various factions of the galaxy. Should the First Order want to maintain their old on the outpost, they’ll need the support of the local leaders. Therefore, the First Order should think twice before coming back and making threats.

This raises the tension in the Den of Antiquities quite a bit. However, just before violence can breakout in the store, it erupts elsewhere. Woroo, sensing that things in Dok-Ondar’s shop were about to go south, heads out into the outpost and picks a fight with a Wookiee and then casts suspicion on the Wookiee as a Resistance spy. The stormtroopers confronting Dok-Ondar get this report just in time and leave the shop. Woroo’s fight provides readers with a few more tantilizing glimpses of Blackspire Outpost.

galaxy's edge #2 - Dok-Ondar and stormtroopers - Black Spire

Final Thoughts on Galaxy’s Edge #2

After two issues, the Galaxy’s Edge miniseries is proving to be a successful anthology. This series collects random tales from around the galaxy featuring characters known to readers while creating a mystique around Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in particular and Batuu and Black Spire Outpost in general. Furthermore, some of the details from this series are appearing in the parks in Disneyland and Hollywood Studios as well. For instance, the baby sarlacc featured in Galaxy’ Edge #1 is in Dok-Ondar’s shop inside the parks.

Galaxy’s Edge #2 also highlights the tension between the First Order and the Resistance that Star Wars fans might expect when visiting the theme parks. While the First Order claims dominion over the outpost, their control is tenuous at best. It isn’t just the Resistance that threatens their control. Scoundrels, smugglers, and bounty hunters call Black Spire their home and territory as well.

Finally, Galaxy’s Edge #2 promises a larger story with the revelation of the Sith relic. It appears as a hybrid of a Sith holocron and the Arc of the Covenant from Indiana Jones. Dok-Ondar teases its power when he notes that they can’t let Kylo Ren discover its existence. But, this is why Kendoh and her companions are on Batuu. They believe it is their ticket to untold riches. But, on Batuu, what could possibly go wrong?

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