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Quinlan Vos

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Powers:
Can lift memories from inanimate objects with which he comes into physical contact.

It is not insignificant that his lightsabre is modeled extremely closely on that of Qui-Gon Jinn. This was deliberate, according to illustrator Jan Duursema.

Bio:
Quinlan Vos is a near-human Kiffar Jedi Knight hailing originally from the planet Kiffex. Most of his tales center around his struggle with the dark side of the Force, and his quest to regain his memories.

According to some commentators (and, notably, Wikipedia), his first Master was Qui-Gon Jinn. However, we at comicbookdb.com have yet to find a reliable source for that claim. Indeed, we note that the editors at Wikipedia are not in consensus on this point. However, there is hard visual evidence of at least two connections between the two Jedi in comics. First, the young, pre-memory-loss Vos and Qui-Gon did share an adventure together in the form of "The Stark Hyperspace War". In this tale, Qui-Gon did take on an advisory role to Vos—but Tholme was clearly still his "Master". Second, there is an intentional similarity between Vos' and Jinn's lightsabres, in exactly the same way that a padawan would honor his master. So, it is possible, especially in the confused mind of the adult Vos, that Quinlan at least regarded Jinn as his former master.

The person generally regarded as his Master was the one who both discovered his youthful Force sensitivity and graduated him to Knighthood: Jedi Master Tholme. Tholme is, at least as far as the comics make explicitly clear, the only master Vos ever had.

Much of Vos' early appearances (that is, before the title became known as Star Wars: Republic) concern themselves with the effect of losing his memory, and the extent to which his padawan, Aayla Secura and Master Tholme help nurse him back to some kind of mental health. Important to these early adventures, too, are Vos' interaction with the Devaronian con-man, Villie.

When the title came to be known as Star Wars: Republic, and the focus shifted to the Clone Wars, the stories focused less on Vos' mental health, and more on his spiritual health. The big question mark hanging over his character's head was whether he was still loyal to the Jedi and thus the light side of the Force.

Quinlan played a major part in the Clone Wars by infiltrating Count Dooku's inner circle and giving information to the Jedi. He was led back to the dark side of the Force by Count Dooku, who revealed to Vos through his psychometric powers that his Great-Aunt was responsible for his parent's deaths by betraying them to the vampiric Anzati. Vos slew his aunt on his homeworld and was accepted fully into Dooku's command and shortly worked as a triple agent against the Republic, until his true colors were shown when he assassinated a corrupt Republic Senator. In the end, though, it turned out that Vos had been loyal to the Republic all along, although in order to completely infiltrate Dooku's Inner Circle he had to fool even those on the Republic's side into thinking that he was allied with Dooku. He commited many evil deeds in the process.

At war's end, he finally revealed his true loyalties, overcoming Dooku's temptations to truly turn him to the dark side and killing the Dark Jedi Sora Bulq.

Shortly after this, Quinlan's love interest Khaleen revealed she had a child on the way. Quinlan told Khaleen to go to the far edges of the galaxy where she and their unborn child would be safe, and promised that once the Clone Wars were over he would leave the Jedi Order and find her.

Returning to the Republic, Vos was given command of a battalion of clones, and moved his troops to Boz Pity. Though only briefly mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the film, Revenge of the Sith, this fact receives much greater attention by Dark Horse. Indeed, practically the whole of the trade paperback, Star Wars: Clone Wars volume 8, details what Vos was doing on Boz Pity.

Furthermore, the comic book novelization of Revenge of the Sith includes a scene not included in the movie. Having apparently left Boz Pity, Quinlan Vos is shwon to be on Kashyyyk riding on top of a Clone Turbo Tank when Supreme Chancellor Palpatine issues Order 66. Another tank fires at the one Quinlan is riding on, and Quinlan is presumably killed in the fire. Lucas planned to have this scene appear in the movie, but never got around to filming it.

This allowed for Star Wars: Republic to conclude in a way that mirrored the very end of Revenge of the Sith. The final tale of Quinlan Vos ends with a greater exploration of Vos' time on Kashyyk, and how what we saw in the comic book adaptation was not, in fact, his death, but the beginning of his new life. It ends with him in hiding on a remote world, holding his probably Force-sensitive son, Korto, in the presence of most of the comics' cast of characters that have been important to his life since his first issue.

This entry uses a small amount of material provided by wikipedia.org.

Notes:
Now that his prequel-era journey is ostensibly complete, it's entirely possible to revise our initial impressions of his complete struggle. Rather than simply viewing him as someone who flirted dangerously with the dark side, it appears he was a practitioner of Qui-Gon Jinn's ideals of the "Living Force". Though he is largely depicted as having been on the "wrong" side of the Force in most of his appearances, it is ultimately his belief in the good of personal attachments and using the Force "in the moment" that is shown to vanquish the Emperor. More so than most comic characters, his final appearance invites a re-examination of all his other stories, leaving the reader with a different view off the man. Though comic commentators long saw him as a "Han Solo for the Jedi", he's ultimately the embodiment of the Jedi transition from Qui-Gon Jinn to Luke Skywalker—an Old Republic glimpse into the ways of the New Jedi Order.

First Appearance: Star Wars (1998) #17

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Issue Appearances:
Dark Horse Extra (1998)

Star Wars (1998)
Star Wars -erikoisjulkaisu (2003)
Star Wars [FIN] (1999)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (2004)
Star Wars: Dark Times (2006)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2010)
Star Wars: Jedi (2003)
Star Wars: Republic (2002)

Group Affiliation(s):
Galactic Republic (Old)
Jedi Order (Old)
Order 66 Survivors

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"I am not a part of the dark—simply deeper in the shadows."




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