Script | Haden Blackman
Art | Agustin Alession
Lettering | Michael Heisler
Cover Art | Dave Wilkins
The fledgling Empire has crushed the Jedi and ended the Clone Wars. It should be a time of celebration for them as they welcome the first new recruits from the Imperial Academy. However, this is a time when loyalties will be questioned and the Empire faces its first of many rebellions.
When we last left off, the graduation ceremony on Coruscant had been interrupted by an attack. It is now clear that this attack was part of a much larger, coordinated attack on the Empire. Many of the new Imperial Officer graduates have taken up arms against the Empire, even moving against the Emperor himself.
Our hero, Lt. Laurita Tohm, is an unlikely one. It is his loyalty to the Empire that propels the story and allows us to sympathize with a character who would normally be the villain in Star Wars.
Haden Blackman has written a fantastic story here. The action is fast-paced and exciting. Agustin Alession’s art is top notch. The inter cutting between the different action scenes is great and feels like George Lucas’s editing style of the films. One of my favorite parts was a parallel with the Order 66 scenes in Revenge of the Sith, putting Darth Vader on the defensive instead of leading the charge.
All this builds to a climax of Darth Vader being forced to deal with the ghosts of his past, and delve into areas of Coruscant, and himself, he would rather see buried.