Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Alex Ross
Things are not going well for the Rebellion, and they seem to be going even worse for our heroes. Han Solo and Chewbacca are on the run in the very heart of the Empire. Luke Skywalker is grounded. Princess Leia is working to find the traitor in their midst and a new home for the Rebellion.
This issue opens with a bang, dropping us right into the thick of it on Coruscant as Han and Chewie try to outrun the Empire in a world that is nothing but Imperial Forces. Clone Wars fans will notice a small cameo by the former Republic, now Imperial Underworld Police officers.
The Han and Chewie moments of issue #3 were my favorite moments of that book and they continue in this. We see the classic smuggler pirate with the “it’s so crazy, it might just work” thinking as he tries to evade TIE fights between the buildings of the Coruscant underworld.
Back in the fleet, we see just how secretive Leia’s new squadron is. They are completely disconnected from the rest of the Rebellion and only Mon Mothma seems to know what they are up to. I never thought I’d say that one of my favorite parts of a book filled with action and dogfights was a small dialogue scene between Mon Mothma and a random Mon Cal crewmember. Brian Wood’s writing really shines throughout the whole book, but it’s small scenes like this that really set this book apart. These do not feel like one dimensional characters.
Luke is growing in the Force, and it seems like he may not be the only one. Prithi, his fellow grounded pilot overhears Luke talking to Ben Kenobi in the Force. Is she Force sensitive or is Luke merely talking out loud? We don’t know yet. Even though we already know that nothing will become of this relationship, I am very intrigued to see what happens between Luke and Prithi. There is definitely more going on with her than we have seen so far.
Leia has taken Wedge and Tess to scout another far off world. Things quickly escalate when the Empire drops in right on top of them. Wood and D’Anda are setting the bar pretty high in these early issues with the action, I just hope they are able to keep it going in the future.
This books is both familiar and completely new. It’s all the elements that we love rearranged into something that feels wholly original. I hope that they can keep it up, because I can’t wait to see where else we go.
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