Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Ryan Kelly
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming
A lot of the Rebellion’s problems in Star Wars #9 come down to poor planning. They would be in a much better position if they would just take some time to go over their plans a few more times. Of course one thing the Rebellion does not have in abundance is time. So an oversight and review committee is a luxury that they probably can’t afford.
We open with Leia investigating the Graveyard and her discovery of the old Venator class Star Destroyer among the remains. Inside the ship Leia discovers that she is not the only one who carries a heavy burden for the loss of Alderaan. Leia’s interaction with Tag Rogaren is a good scene, however it feels like the reveal of his true self is more than a bit forced. The reveal could have been laid out better. A very conveniently placed book aside, his character is an interesting one as a man who is seeking penance for the horror that he helped unleash on the galaxy. I do feel that there are more surprises waiting inside this ship for Leia though, and not all of them will be welcome ones.
While Leia was fairly collected in her dealings with Rogaren, that could not be said of the rest of our heroes. Han and Chewie are in one danger after another on Coruscant. With Han’s story I’m starting to notice a time lapse problem with the rest of the story. Luke and Leia’s story feel like they have been going on for days if not weeks, Han has probably only been trying to escape Coruscant for a day, possibly two. I do wish they would hurry up and get him off of Coruscant as the story has been running long enough that we are starting to question things and are losing that suspension of disbelief.
Luke and Wedge are trying to sabotage the Star Destroyer that has been hunting them all along with Prithi waiting below. It really doesn’t feel like this plan was well thought out from either the writer or the characters. The ticking clock of air remaining in her Xwing to save them just feels false.
Darth Vader wraps everything up with a villainous mustache twirling monologue as we see him beginning to put his plans for Luke and the Emperor into motion.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book, especially if you’ve been reading and enjoying the whole series, but this one also feels like it had the most flaws and problems. It may just be that earlier issues had done so much so well that this one feels lacking.
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