||I have not been a fan of the clone
wars since Attack of the Clones,
with only a couple of books (like Dark
Rendezvous and Labyrinth of Evil)
even coming close to being good, though the comics have generally been
really well done. As the clone wars raged on, however, and the stories
got either darker or ... I really don't know, but they certainly became
General Grievous is a case in point. A
day after reading it, I had already forgotten what occurred. First of
all, the artwork is completely forgettable, with very little to
recommend it. Simple in design, it is more like the Clone Wars artwork.
The cover for the graphic novel has more detail and emotion than
anything inside it.
The essence of the story shows how
inflexible and judgmental the Jedi Order was under Yoda's control. I
think I've said this before, but Yoda's Jedi Order deserved what it got,
because, even the best of them, like Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, couldn't see
past their petty prejudices to do what was right. Anakin might have gone
overboard, but he did have a good sense of morality until Palpatine got
to him. Here, Yoda and the Council forbid anybody going after Grievous,
even though they turned around and sent Anakin and Obi-Wan after him in
both Labyrinth of Evil and
Revenge of the Sith. Several Jedi,
who lost Masters or Padawans, decide they will betray the Council and go
after the machine/man.
On the Separatist side, Grievous has
picked up a group of Padawan younglings, and gets Dooku's permission to
experiment on them, for he wants to repeat the procedure he underwent to
become Grievous, but with the Force-sensitivity of a Jedi, now. He holds
the native Ugnaught population hostage (actually killing most of them
after an outburst by one of the older younglings), until one of the
Ugnaughts helps them escape. Grievous couldn't even defeat one of the
younglings without a prolonged fight.
Two of the Jedi end up fighting
Grievous, one losing his life, the other finally using his lightsaber to
mix some chemicals that cause a huge explosion, killing him, too, and
they presume Grievous died in the explosion. He survives, of course,
though it is not explained how, when a simple blaster shot to his
biological heart in Revenge of the Sith killed him.
The callous part of the story brings a
Padawan involved in the hunt for Grievous back to the Jedi Temple with
the younglings, all of them safe, and her being banished from the Jedi
Order. Are the Jedi in such great supply that they can afford to do
this? Especially when it is likely the banished Jedi will become rogues,
and are more likely to turn to the Dark Side? How is this different from
the case of Quinlan Vos, who was reintegrated many times?
The story didn't do much for me, and
the subplot of the mining colony who wants revenge on Grievous did even
less, as they don't even come into contact with the General. The story
was not terrible, however, as it does highlight several things that need
saying about the Jedi, in how "stuck-up" they actually are, and how
revenge and a logical mission to bring down the greatest Separatist
threat can be indistinguishable in motives. Still, this was not really a
tale worth telling.