Imperial Knight Jao Assam and Ania Solo are continuing their quest to track down the missing Sith Lord, Darth Wredd. But they seem to be the only ones who care that a Sith Lord is on the loose. The previous issue ended with Solo and Assam’s only lead being impaled during a botched escape attempt.
Ania and Jao are now staring down the barrels of some very unhappy locals. They wanted to see the informant killed in the public execution and aren’t too happy about the outsider interference. Ania is quickly picking up the art of agressive negotiations. An important skill to have when you travel with a Jedi… errr… Imperial Knight.
Once again, it seems the Force is guiding everyone to Dac, the dead Mon Calamari homeworld. Jao and Ania quickly fall into one of the oldest tricks in the book: live ships hiding among the debris that once was part of Dac’s orbital yards and stations.
Things are happening on Dac, but it’s not the great Mon Cala rebirth that was rumoured. Darkness is growing on Dac. However, what Ania and Jao discover is not what they or anyone else in the galaxy predicted.
Bechko and Hardman’s writing continues to impress. While the story here is pretty straight forward, as we follow Ania and Jao from point A to point B to point C, it still has enough twists to keep you guessing. They have created a story that could’ve easily fallen into so many traps or familiar beats, but seems to avoid them.
I know I’ve said it many times before but Ania Solo continues to be one of my favorite characters. This series could’ve easily turned into her training as a Jedi or Imperial Knight once she discovered the lightsaber back in Issue #1, and it’s still possible that she might go down that road. Right now though, she is shining as a smart, strong character that showcases all the best parts of her Solo, Organa and Skywalker ancestors.
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