'It matters which side we choose. . . For every action we undertake, for every word we speak, for every life we touch--it matters. I don’t turn toward the light because it means someday I’ll "win" some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.'
A Jedi with a mind of his own, not blindly following the will of the Jedi Council, Qui-Gon Jinn first leapt off the Theed balcony and into our hearts in 1999. Although only seen in one film, Qui-Gon made a major impact through his mentorship to perhaps the most beloved Jedi of all-time—Obi-Wan Kenobi—and through his bold and controversial stance to train a young Anakin Skywalker in the ways of the Force. Since then, Qui-Gon has gone on to speak through the Force to both Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda in Episodes II, III, and the Clone Wars, respectively. In recent years he has benefitted from a resurgence in interest. Claudia Gray has written a short story about his appearing to Obi-Wan in From a Certain Point of View, and then went on to write the seminal Qui-Gon masterpiece, Master and Apprentice (which we unanimously loved here at Youtini—read our review here). Qui-Gon received his own stellar issue of Marvel’s Age of Republic this year as well.
A closer look at Qui-Gon shows him to be calculating, deeply devoted, and yet roguish. He becomes obsessed with the ancient Jedi prophecies, is closely attuned to the Living Force (the mystical energy field, not the podcast), and he isn’t afraid to go out on a limb to bring in an outcast. He once served as the Padawan under none other than Count Dooku himself, which is explored in glimpses in Master and Apprentice and Dooku: Jedi Lost. On the other side of his Knighthood is his training of Obi-Wan. In addition to Master and Apprentice, the Legends universe has some excellent stories set during this time-span. Phantom Menace prequel Cloak of Deception is a tale of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan investigating an assassination attempt on Chancellor Valorum and Jude Watson’s TWENTY-book Jedi Apprentice series details this relationship in great detail. Several Legends-era comics cover Qui-Gon as well—Jedi: The Dark Side ties into Jedi Apprentice's darker plotlines, and Last Stand on Old Mantell is a self-contained story of Jinn & Kenobi on a mission to a lawless world.
Qui-Gon may have met his noble end at one of the blades of Darth Maul, but his legacy is large in the hearts of many great Jedi—and many Star Wars fans as well.
The relationship between Jedi Master and Padawan is tumultuous as often as it is tight. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi know this fact all too well. In the midst of their struggles to work together, Qui-Gon gets an offer that would allow them to part ways forever. However, after being sent on what may be their final mission together, Qui-Gon begins have visions that cast everyone’s future into doubt.
Claudia Gray once again does what she does best by delivering a moving, impactful story that delves into big questions surrounding the Force. She was entrusted with hugely important characters and uses them expertly.
It may be lonely at the top…but it’s also dangerous. Chancellor Valorum learns that fact when a terrorist group makes an attempt against his life. However, there is no shortage of enemies for the leader of the Republic, and Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are soon assigned to the case. As arguments spark in the Senate and the jockeying for power intensifies, it seems that someone must be benefitting…but who?
James Luceno delivers a story filled with conspiracy, duplicity, and political intrigue as he fleshes out the character of Chancellor Valorum and enlightens readers to just some of the turmoil that ultimately led to the vote of no confidence in his leadership.
The Sith are a thing of ancient history. Some even question their existence to begin with since not a single one had been seen for centuries. But as a long-awaited prophecy starts to come to fruition, the Jedi will soon learn that their greatest fear is emerging from the shadows.
Soon, they will reveal themselves to the Jedi.
Soon, they will have their revenge.
This three-issue series is a good example of a Prequel-era story of a Master/Padawan Jedi team tasked with a specific mission on a hostile planet. These mostly exist prior to the Clone Wars and are representative of Obi-Wan’s words, “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire.”
Last stand on Old Mantell takes the duo to Order Mantell, a lawless industrial planet also visited in the classic Brian Daley audio drama. They are in search of a missing ship and before their quest is over they must face off against slavers.
A high-speed two-part comics story features Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan trying to stop a runaway luxury cruiser from a violent crash.
In the start to this series written for audiences ages 9-12, Jedi student Obi-Wan Kenobi competes for the attention of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. He and fellow hopeful Padawan Bruck Chun provoke each other to anger, threatening their futures with the Jedi. Obi-Wan’s future as a Jedi Knight hangs in the balance as he battles his anger with his peer.
As a result of his displays of his temper, Obi-Wan is sentenced to serve in the Agricultural Corps on the planet of Bandomeer. Also assigned to this mission is Qui-Gon himself. En route to their destination, the Republic ship is ambushed by pirates. This mission might prove to be Obi-Wan’s last chance to prove that he has what it takes to be a Jedi.
Tying in closely with the events of the Jedi Academy series, this miniseries explores the backstory of Qui-Gon’s apprentice Xanatos’s fall to the dark side as a mission takes the duo to Xanatos’s home planet of Telos.
Part of the expansive young reader material by Jude Watson in the early days of the Prequel EU, Legacy of the Jedi is a hybrid story with three parts, featuring Dooku across four eras: a young Padawan, a Jedi Master to Qui-Gon Jinn, a disconnected and disheartened Jedi exile, and a Sith Lord entangled with his past and with Obi-Wan and Anakin. We see him first being exposed to the Dark Side, pursuing revenge on a former friend, and finally the merciless and powerful monster facing memories of the past he would rather leave behind. This Legends novel is one of the most unique Star Wars books you’ll find and one that stands out as a great look at Dooku across the timeline.
Secrets of the Jedi is an essential book in the Jude Watson universe of young reader books. It tells three connected stories about illicit relationships that three Jedi hide: Qui-Gon and Tahl, Obi-Wan and Siri, and Anakin and Padmé. The plot revolves around the Jedi trying to save a young boy and his family from an assassination plot by a gang of bounty hunters. This book should probably be read after reading both the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series, but you could also enjoy it on its own if you prefer chaos.
Few know much about Count Dooku or his past that led him from the highest ranks of the Jedi Order to the knee of Darth Sidious. But when he charges his new assassin, Asajj Ventress, with her first mission, he also opens a window into his past. That past, riddled with dark prophecies and broken relationships is the key to Ventress understanding her new master…and his weaknesses.
Cavan Scott, bolstered by a whole host of voice actors, delivers one of the most engaging, immersive stories in all of the Expanded Universe with Dooku: Jedi Lost. This origin story enriches Dooku’s character so much that it even manages to elevate his on-screen appearances in the films.
This pre-Phantom Menace series tells the story of the Yinchorri crisis (referenced in Darth Plagueis). The Yinchorri are violently expanding their empire by invading several other planets. Mace Windu and many other prominent Jedi must investigate and preserve peace. But readers soon learn that Darth Sidious had orchestrated the crisis for his own nefarious purposes. . .