This issue was definitely the best in terms of artwork. Guess this is because the quality of the artwork had improved in the years that passed between TSW and this arc. Granted, after the two epic-scale arcs, the idea of a character-based arc seems like a let down. Then again, I liked Nomi's arc better than the Beast Wars of Onderon arc. And I liked this arc as well. I'll get to that in a little bit. Now, onto Ulic. In your previous post, you raised an issue of how those who fell to the dark side don't seem to go through a trial and so forth, first off I don't know what Veitch was thinking. As for your issue, on one level I agree with you. In the case of Oss Wilum and most of the other Jedi who joined Exar Kun, they were possessed by the Sith spirits that were released from the Holocron. One could argue a case of "not of sound mind" for Oss Wilum. The galaxy and the Order might be able to forgive him, but he needed to seek self-forgiveness. As for Kyp and Ulic, things aren't as lenient. In Kyp's case, yes Exar Kun tempted him with power, but Kyp could have chosen not to accept. But he did accept. He knew what he wanted, and he knew what he was doing. In Ulic's case, he knew that he was taking a dangerous path. Doesn't matter if he was filled with grief, rage, or desire for revenge because of Arca's death. I don't recall who said it in the real world or the literary world, but this line held true for Ulic: "When you think like the enemy, you become the enemy." Of the two, we see a clearer sense of punishment administered upon Ulic than upon Kyp. Stripped of the Force vs. a life sentence of community service, so as to speak. Brainwashed into being a Sith lord? While there were external influences, consider the path he took to get into Aleema's good graces. As for his redemption. I don't see it as a case of making it up to the galaxy. At first, he was intent on spending the rest of his life in exile. It's only because of Arca and Vima that he saught the path of seeking self-forgiveness and earning redemption from a few individuals. Particularly those who had been greatly affected by the war - Nomi and Sylvar in this case. I can see a parallel his redemption and death and Dinobot's from Beast Wars. Both wanted redemption from those who were important to them. As for the rest of the galaxy, as Dinobot said, let them hear their stories - good and bad. Then let them judge each of them accordingly. This arc also served as a way for the readers to see how some of the main characters from the story have fared since the war. We have Ulic, Nomi, Sylvar, Thon, and Tott Doneeta. Thon and Tott Doneeta are the only ones who seemed to have changed the least. Nomi's situation, in terms of her being a parent, seemed to paralells Leia. Both had so many obligations that they had very little time to spend with their children. And in both cases, their absences seemed to have affected the girls more than the boys. I know that Nomi had no son, but I'm disregarding that for the moment. I don't want to come of as being against women in the workplace, and I'm not a parent, but I think both Nomi and Leia made serious mistakes in being in the roles they did. Personally, the moment someone becomes a parent, taking care of the child should become that individual's first priority. Everything else, including work life, comes second. I never had a problem with Leia being Minister or Chief of State, but as we've seen she wasn't able to find the balance between her obligations at work and her parental obligations. She spent more time at the former than the latter. She could have served one term as Chief of State, then step down. She could still have had a job working for the NR government, but it would have been a job that would have allowed her to be a part of her children's lives. Once the children reach adulthood and go away to college, so as to speak, she could have become Minister of State or Chief ot State once again. It's akin to someone in the medical profession having a child and decide to shift from being on call at a general hospital, with it's irregular and long hours, to taking up a private practice and have a regular 9 to 5 workday, five days a week. Once the child is 18, the parent could choose to return to the hospital. I doubt that what I'm suggesting seems either unreasonable or unfair. But those are my opinions. Sylvar's a complex individual. I think she became "unbalanced" over the course of the war. When I speak of balance, I'm not speaking of mental health or light vs. dark. The balance in this case is the ability for one to be both a Jedi and an individual. This is tied in with a Jedi's allowance to love and have a family. I feel that the Jedi in this time period had a balance within them that allowed them to be Jedi while having families. The PT Jedi didn't have that, and I think that played a key role in their downfall. It definitely had a key role in Anakin's fall. Luke's order is trying to find that balance, and for the most part, I think they have. As for the Legacy Jedi, I hold the PT survivors responsible for the return of the "old ways" so as to speak. I think Sylvar was like Anakin in that neither had been able to make peace with themselves over their personal losses. Ulic managed to help Sylvar find peace with herself and regain her balance. That only happened to Anakin at the very end. As for Vima, she definitely represented the future of the Jedi order at the time. As for what else she had to offer, she played a key role in Ulic's redemption. She knew his story, but she believed there was more to him than what her mother and others had told her. She believed in him more than anyone else at the time, including Ulic. She believed that there was still good in him, just as Padmé and Qui-Gon believed that there was still good in Anakin after he had fallen to the dark side. Just as Luke believed in his father. Ulic wanted to redeem himself, but he didn't know how. Vima showed him the way and proved that despite everthing he did, everything he had done, he had the heart of a Jedi.