Review: Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets #2

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

The heads of the major families of Serenno have convened a summit to determine who will control the powerful Dooku house after the assassination of the current Count.  The Empire has it’s own interests in who should be controlling the Dooku family and ultimately Serenno.  They have sent Agent Jahan Cross to facilitate and make sure the Empire’s interests are served.  Don’t worry it’s not all political discussion.

Agent of the Empire – Hard Targets #2

We meet Cross’s father, Davim Cross, a former diplomat for the Republic, now the negotiator overseeing the transition of power.  The elder Cross is well aware of what his son does and does not approve of the Empire’s role in this.  It’s a tense exchange and you can tell that he wanted his son to be so much more than he is.

After the family reunion, Cross meets with Rodas Borgin, the man the Empire wants to make sure becomes Regent.  Cross quickly learns that Count Dooku’s legacy on Serenno did not end with his death at the end of the Clone Wars.  Darth Vader brought the vengeance of the Empire upon the heads of Serenno who did not oppose the Sith Lord Count’s treasonous acts during the Clone Wars.

The last act of the story is a pirate attack on an airship over the skies of Serenno.  This series has been very good at delivering exciting action set pieces and the pirates attack on the airship continues this.  It’s all the swashbuckling action of a classic pirate adventure, but with a great Star Wars feel to it.

Ostrander’s writing is great throughout but really hits a high point with the dialogue between the young Dooku and Cross.  Fabrri’s art work really shines with the pirate battle.

The story wraps with the pirates escaping and the young Dooku being captured by a mysterious woman from Cross’s past.  It’s a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more.

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.