Script: Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Art: Gabriel Hardman
Colors: Jordan Boyd
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Agustin Alessio
Ania Solo has seemingly run away with an old flame, Ramid, leaving her friends Sauk, AG-37, and Jao Assam behind to fend for themselves in a minefield. However, it’s anything but a romantic getaway for Ania, as she finds herself shoved into a very small closet aboard Ramid’s ship. Turns out he is more interested in the bounty on her head than anything else she has to offer.
As if being kidnapped and having a bounty on her head wasn’t bad enough, now it seems she is the Triumvirate’s number one most wanted. It’s clear that there is much more going on here than we can see with her. Ania is accused of killing an Imperial Knight, but no one is saying who she killed or when she killed them. She seems to be good in a fight, but I don’t see her able to kill an Imperial Knight. As we’ve seen, Jedi are not the easiest to kill. Someone wants her out of the way, either back in hiding, rotting away in a Triumvirate prison cell or dead. What secrets does she carry?
The story here is broken into two pieces. Ania dealing with her kidnappers is where the action of the story is, as she attempts to escape and her kidnappers realize there is more going on than they expected. Aboard AG-37’s ship we get the character building and background information, but it’s more than dry exposition.
We do start to learn more about Ania’s history here. We see her first meeting with AG-37, and that she is not the first Solo he has encountered. Now that is a story I want to see.
I’m happy that Hardman has returned as an artist because the last two issues have looked incredible. It’s not to say anything bad about the previous artists but Hardman’s art always seems to add that extra something.
Bechko and Hardman have again written a great script. The story is not a fun one, but kidnapping gone wrong plots rarely are. The story is tense and exciting with a real sense of danger, especially at the end.
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