Review: Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse, Part 5

Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Stephane Roux
Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Letters: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Stephane Roux

The entire galaxy is in danger and only one man stands in the way; Imperial Intelligence Agent Jahan Cross.

Cross has fought his way on board the Iron Eclipse station, only to find his loyal droid companion, IN-GA, has turned on him and it seems all hope is lost.

Cover of Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse 5

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”.

3/5 Kath Hounds

Reviewed by Paul DePaola
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About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.