Script: Matt Kindt
Pencils: Marco Castiello
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Standard and Ultravariant Cover Art: Adam Hughes
Variant Cover Art: Matt Kindt
The Rebel’s have a plan. At least we hope they have a plan. Han Solo and Princess Leia have both been captured while on secret missions. Now the fate of a rogue Stormtrooper and the Rebellion’s fight against the Empire rests in the hands, or paws, of Chewbacca the Wookiee.
There is something to be said for Matt Kindt’s story and writing. He has taken the Lucas approach of dropping us into the story midways quite literally. We are 3 issues in and I still don’t understand what the Rebels are hoping to accomplish. However, I don’t feel confused by the lack of information, instead you feel like a co-conspirator. We are just another Rebel. One who doesn’t know the whole plan in case we are captured by the Empire. We only know this small piece of the puzzle.
Issue #1 was Han Solo’s wild (possibly drunken) ride. Issue #2 was Princess Leia’s covert espionage. Now in Issue #3 it’s Chewbacca’s turn to take the spotlight. He is the contact for the rogue Stormtrooper who quite literally holds the keys to the Empire’s secrets.
It’s a challenge for the creative team and for us the readers when you have a main character who does not speak, or at least not in a way that we can understand. In the previous issues, we never knew what Han and Leia were thinking but we had their dialogue, this time we don’t even have that much. This time our POV character is the Stormtrooper.
We may not get his name, but by the end of this issue we do have a good idea of who he is. On one hand he is a special operative trooper who has undergone extensive training, but on the other hand he is willing to defect to the Rebellion. He is constantly going back and forth between his experiences with the Empire, his history with the Wookiees, and what he is experiencing now which contradicts much of what he learned with the Empire.
It seems very unusual but the issue that has almost no dialogue in English/Basic might be the best written issue yet. Next month is the final issue and there are still quite a few loose threads to tie up. We can only hope that Matt Kindt and crew are up to the task.
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