The Year of Jinn: Qui-Gon Goes Solo in Dark Horse

Hot on the heels of his visage appearing to Obi-Wan Kenobi in two episodes of Cartoon Network’s The Clone Wars, the venerable Jedi Master is back again in a new comic’s mini-series from Dark Horse. Though he only appeared is in what most consider to be the worst of the Star Wars films, ol’ Qui-Gon has some kind of bizarre staying power. According to, the forthcoming series called Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side will feature the exploits of Qui-Gon roughly 10-15 years before the events of The Phantom Menace. And it sounds like this mini-series may actually have a new take on not only the character, but also present a fresh perspective on Star Wars storytelling. And it all has to do with Dark Horse Comics editor and writer Scott Allie!

Qui-Gon Jinn and tonicDespite the assertions from the infamous Plinkett reviews that Qui-Gon is a drunk and an unethical crazy person, it seems that there is a lot of love for him out there in the fan community. Instead of being a stoic and strangely manipulative Jedi Master, comic writer Scott Allie is imagining him more as a Clint Eastwood-type character. Known primarily for handling the various Joss Whedon titles at Dark Horse, Scott Allie has revealed that he is not a massive Star Wars fan but has done a lot of his research into the expanded Star Wars universe via his 5-year-old son. He also mentions that the series will not focus to heavily on the Sith, or other familiar elements of the Star Wars films. Even Yoda will only have a brief cameo. With an eye on making a Star Wars adventure accessible to a reader perhaps unfamiliar with the totality of this complicated fictional universe, it sounds to us that Scott Allie’s Qui-Gon series might be exactly what disgruntled Star Wars fans might need to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Still, its seems Qui-Gon is a strange choice. Not only did his appearance contradict the previously held assumption that Obi-Wan was exclusively trained by Yoda, but the ridiculous notion of the midichlorians came straight from this guy’s mouth. Would a new Star Wars comic series be better served by focusing on real Clint Eastwood-types like certain smugglers and scoundrels?

In any case, if someone can make Star Wars comics super-fun and Qui-Gon Jinn relevant, we bet it’s Scott Allie.


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