Redemption lives up to its name. Of all the graphic novels in the Tales of the Jedi series, this one is by far the best. It’s still probably not quite up to the quality of comic series that came later, but a marked improvement and a much more enjoyable read.
Probably the reason why this is so much better is because it is much more character based instead of plot based. The characters of Ulic and Nomi now have a background to draw from to create deeper richer psyches. However, some of the other characters, particularly Veema, are still a bit cliché and superficial. Veema’s the disgruntled teenager being spunky and rebellious, and there doesn’t seem to be much more to her character.
Consistent with the darker, simpler more emotional plot, the artwork is a perfect complement. It gives the characters a much darker weathered look, especially Ulic. The level of detail is also much simpler which is consistent with the fact that it’s less based on plot. The editing of the artwork is also well done and makes it easier to follow than with previous installments. The shading is also artfully done and gives the graphic novel a much darker gritty feel. The art in general was one of the best parts.
Overall, Redemption is exactly what it says it is. The dialogue is still a bit ordinary, as if Kevin Anderson didn’t care too much about quality, but in general it’s a marked improvement.