Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Stephane Crety
Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Victor Manuel Leza
Something is rotten on the planet Arrochar. Princess Leia is set to marry the Prince of Arrochar in order to secure the Rebel Alliance a new home base on their planet. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker has been sent along with a squad of Rangers to explore the mountains in order to help relations between the native populace and the Rebels.
This issue is split between Luke’s adventures in the mountains and Leia’s final preparations for her wedding. The issue opens on Luke Skywalker in the mountains. It’s clear that while Luke has great Jedi power, he has yet to reach his full potential. It takes a while but his Spidey sense does start tingling to warn him of the extremely obvious danger in front of him. I was expecting the soldiers to start Hailing Hydra after revealing their evil plans.
Back in Westeros, sorry the Arrochar Royal Palace, the Prince and his advisor discuss his upcoming wedding with Princess Leia. Leia has doubts about her upcoming nuptials and the Prince is hoping that overtime their political union will become one of love. It’s about as exciting as it sounds.
Thankfully the issue makes a turn for the better about halfway through. Luke begins receiving messages of warning from Obi-wan and has to make it down the mountain while on the run. The action picks up here and continues through to the end of the issue. While Luke is on his way back to warn the Rebels, more evil plots are being put into motion in the capital.
It’s no secret that I have not been enjoying the Arrochar storyline. It has not felt like Star Wars. It is not all bad though. A slow start builds to the final pages that deliver on the action and drama we expect. The action ends on a cliffhanger that does have me interested to see where they go in the final chapter of this story arc. Thankfully this has been more than a rehash of Courtship of Princess Leia.
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