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Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Defenders of the Lost Temple
Author: Justin Aclin
Illustrator: Ben Bates
Year Published: 2013
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Synopsis: On a mission with a Jedi general, one clone trooper contemplates his own worth as a copy of a great Mandalorian warrior. He has never been the best soldier, and as he learns about the Jedi and the power of the Force, he begins to feel that perhaps what has been setting him apart from the other clones is his own connection to the Force. As the investigation progresses through a booby-trapped, abandoned Jedi Temple, this one clone will discover who he is and also see where he came from when the Mandalorian Death Watch suddenly appears.
Review: Unfortunately, this graphic novel did not live up to my standard of Star Wars comics. Maybe it is just for a younger audience than the Star Wars graphic novels I usually read. The characters are unknowns and they don't feel very Star Warsy to me. One clone thinks he might be force sensitive and it plays out in an unusual way. The artwork was reminiscent of the current Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, but more colorful and cartoony.
The story is very Indiana Jones, in that they are searching though a temple for a lost artifact. Some of the booby traps just didn't feel like Star Wars to me.
Although this may be a good graphic novel for a younger audience interested in all things Star Wars, I would recommend you find another Star Wars comic. I give this novel a 2.5/5.