Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming
Issue #11 closed with a surprising turn of events as the feared Colonel Bircher turned out to be a spy for the Rebellion who crippled his former Star Destroyer and handed over his fighters to the Rebel fleet. Now, Princess Leia and everyone else in the Rebellion have to figure out if they can trust Bircher and what he has done for them.
I am bummed that we lost Bircher as a villain. Darth Vader is a tough act to follow in the villains category. I was enjoying Bircher’s own unique villainous style.
It could be argued that the previous issue closed with a deus ex machina turn in the final pages. Now we get to see Brian Wood explain how it is not so. In fact the majority of this issue is devoted to explaining that. It would’ve been nice if there had been a hint of this coming in the earlier issues. Maybe there have been hints and I’ve missed them. Bircher’s dramatic turn makes me want to go back and reread the whole run to see if I can find the clues.
I had to double check more than once that this wasn’t a double sized issue. It’s just 22 pages, but it feels so much longer. That’s not to be taken as a negative. There is a lot to enjoy here.
There is no big space battle or firefight in this issue. Instead, we get some great dialogue and character moments. Wedge gets some of my favorite scenes in the book. It’s in this issue that he feels most like the Wedge that we all enjoy from the Rogue Squadron books. Luke gets a pair of great scenes that really carry the emotional weight of the book.
The closing tease for the next issue does feel like we may be going down a familiar road. I have high hopes that Wood and the creative team will give us something unexpected.
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