Review: Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets #1

Script: John Ostrander
Pencils: Davide Fabbri
Inks: Christian Dalla Vecchia & Davide Fabbri
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Stephane Roux

It’s three years before the destruction of the Death Star, and Imperial Intelligence Agent Jahan Cross has been sent on a mission back to his home planet of Alderaan.  This homecoming will be anything but peaceful, he will have to contend with Boba Fett and Count Dooku.

Agent of the Empire – Hard Target #1

The story opens with a flash forward look of Cross fighting Boba Fett.  The dialogue here is really great.  In just one exchange, barely a few lines, you can tell these two have crossed paths before.

We rejoin Cross in the present on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.  What could possibly go wrong?  We meet a younger Princess Leia, an older Bail Organa, and a new Count Dooku of Serenno.  The Dooku family tree is not clearly explained.  I believe, Adan Dooku, is the Sith Lord’s nephew.  He and his family were in exile which spared them much of the post-Clone Wars wrath against Serenno and the Dooku name.

The night is cut short by a Mandalorian assassin.  Being a Dooku can be hazardous to your health.

Cross returns to Coruscant to find out that not everything is going the way he thought.  Maybe the Empire is just a new name for the same corrupt system that crippled the Republic.

Ostrander’s writing is fast and fun.  Nothing feels out of character.  Ostrander was able to capture the voice of the characters from the films, you can hear Jimmy Smits voice for Bail Organa’s dialogue.

The art is crisp and bright, a nice contrast to the darkness in the story.  I loved the costume and character designs, just that right amount of 70′s fashion from the original trilogy.

This is a great return for the character and this side of the galaxy.

4/5 Kath Hounds

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.