Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming
Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles are trapped aboard the Star Destroyer Devastator, and their ride home may have just run out of air. Leia is faced with a life or death decision. Will Han and Chewie ever escape Coruscant? Everything in this issue feels like it’s building towards a climax.
This issue is filled with some great moments. First we have the most obvious reveal, but it was still satisfying. Wedge finally uses the name Rogue Squadron. It was fairly obvious that this was coming with all of the X-wing action and the secret Stealth squadron, but I love Rogue Squadron and hearing Wedge use the name for the “first time” made me happy. It ends with a nice scene of Luke and Wedge talking about Biggs and those pilots who didn’t survive Yavin.
Luke and Wedge find a way to escape the Star Destroyer, but it’s not the way they had originally planned. I’m not sure if it’s a problem with the art or if it was in the script itself, but Stormtroopers don’t fly TIEs. I would’ve preferred them to just be dressed as Imperial pilots instead.
Leia is still in the Alderaan Graveyard with a decision to make regarding Rogaren. It’s a good scene showing Rogaren’s pain and grief. He has no illusions about what he designed and what it has been used for. He knows that he shares a blame in the death of Alderaan. I know others have had problems with Wood’s characterization of Leia, but I think she has been the strongest character in this series and has had the most interesting and emotional storyline thus far.
It is with great relief that I see we have finally gotten Han and Chewie off of Coruscant. I’ve mentioned it before, but this storyline has just dragged and felt so off kilter with the rest of the book. It’s clear that there is no love lost between Solo and Boba Fett, but I don’t know if I like how they have made everything between Solo and Fett so personal. Regardless we have left Coruscant behind and Han and Chewie have a new partner.
D’Anda’s art really shines in this issue. I’m not usually one impressed by big splash pages but D’Anda does give us an impressive look at a Star Destroyer’s hangar bay. Overall, I feel this issue is much stronger than the previous issue.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.