Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming
This is the penultimate issue of Brian Wood and Dark Horse’s Star Wars comic run. Issue #19 also marks the beginning of the next storyline after the end of the troubled Arrochar story.
After Arrochar the story and the characters really have nowhere to go but up. The Rebels escaped the Imperial trap and made it to the relative safety of deep space, again adrift without a home. We the readers also made it through that and pretty much any story they gave us I would view as a step above.
Luckily for us we have a pretty good start here with the story of a deep cover agent on the run from a bounty hunter and the Empire, carrying some piece of vital information that could be as important to the Rebellion as the Death Star plans.
We open on the agent, Seren. She is on the run through the junkyard of Lotho Minor being chased by IG-88. Things have become so desperate for Seren that she calls out to Leia for assistance directly by name. Leia can’t pull the fleet away, but she can use Han and the Falcon to rescue an old friend.
The story is pretty straight forward. Go find Seren and get out with the important information before the Empire or the bounty hunter can catch up. Of course we wouldn’t have much of a story if things went according to plan or worked that smoothly. It’s a quick and exciting story, the kind that works best for Star Wars. Mixed in are some really good character moments as Seren questions the life of a deep cover operative, and Leia tries to use this mission to redeem herself after the problems on Arrochar.
Brian Wood and the creative team have given us a much better story than we have had in the pages of Star Wars in quite a while. It’s a simple, fast paced, action story. It’s refreshing to read a story where the entire fate of the galaxy or the whole of the rebellion doesn’t hang in the balance. This issue is much closer to what was new and exciting about this run in the first place. It’s all wrapped up with a bittersweet To Be Concluded tag.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.