Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Stephane Roux
Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Stephane Roux
This issue throws you immediately into the fight between the mastermind of the whole plot, Iaco Stark, and Cross. It’s solid action as Cross deals with droids trying to kill him. Outnumbered and outgunned, Cross uses his wits to outmanuever the overconfident Stark and his droids.
In addition to the great action, this issue and the series as a whole has shown how much a part of the society of the Star Wars universe the droids are. We see their benefits and how their ubiquitousness can be exploited. It’s a droid who has the most emotional scene of the book, showing the bond the characters share.
The finale is pure James Bond. An exciting escape, the villain’s lair collapsing around our heroes, the cavalry rushing in at just the right moment, Cross ends up with the girl and we get the tease of “Jahan Cross will return in Hard Targets.”
This series has definitely put a spin on our usual view of the Empire and its agents. Several times I found myself feeling weird for rooting for Cross, when he could have just as easily been the villain of a Luke or Leia story. It’s like the wise man once said: “Good is a point of view”.
Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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