Script: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Dave Wilkins
Ania Solo is on the run. Things have become steadily worse for her ever since the lightsaber fell into her possession. Much like her Great, great, great Uncle Luke (I’m assuming, since we still don’t know her exact lineage) she has found her whole world turned upside down, pulled into events shaping the future of the galaxy.
Regardless of her parentage, she definitely has the Solo ability to outrun the authorities. The issue opens mid chase with Ania and her Mon Cal companion Sauk. They are only able to escape with some accidental help, the act of a bumbling fool or the Force at work. Either way it’s a lot of fun and just what we expect from Star Wars.
Meanwhile, our Imperial Knight Yalta Val’s situation has not gotten any better. He is imprisoned by the Sith Lord who ambushed him in Issue #1. Forced to wear some kind of helmet that doesn’t look very comfortable. I wonder if we are going in a Man in the Iron Mask direction, does this mean Ania is d’Artagnan? On the other side of the galaxy, others are starting to notice that Master Val’s mission is not going as planned. The impostor Knight’s disguise isn’t going to hold up if more Knights come looking for Val. So whatever our still unnamed Sith warrior has planned, he may want to act quickly.
Ania and our Mystery Guest’s paths cross in a great confrontation. We see her character as she stands up to him and doesn’t back down, possibly she senses that something isn’t right about him. It all quickly turns into a firefight and a chase.
For an issue with this much action, the writing and art are very strong and are more than just filler between action scenes. The story moves quickly and is always giving us fresh turns in the action. Ania and her gang are a great group and I can’t wait to see what they do with her in this story and later books.
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