Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Marco Checchetto & Angel Unzueta
Colors: Andres Mossa
Cover: Marco Checchetto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
The Emperor’s final commands have been issued. Across the galaxy, Imperial forces have begun to attack predetermined targets, including Naboo where Princess Leia and Shara Bey have been sent.
Han Solo and his strike team have begun an offensive against Imperial bases to gather intel about the remaining Imperial forces. Kes Dameron and his partner, Sakas, are trying to crack the defenses of an Imperial base. The creators definitely know how to open a book. Each one in this series has opened on a major battle or action scene, it’s a great way to pull us into the story. Han and his team make their way into the base and learn the terrible truth about what the Empire has put into motion.
Naboo is quickly getting overwhelmed by the Imperial weather dominators and they have no military to mount a counter-offensive. The plan that they come up with is a good example of how to make the best out of a contrived idea. Turns out there are some old N-1 Starfighters that somehow never got accounted for. On the surface, this story point just feels like the silliest video game style nonsense, but Rucka’s writing makes it work. It does make sense that the Naboo royalty could be subtly working against the Empire. Either way, it’s great to see Leia taking a more action-oriented role and volunteering to jump into a fighter against impossible odds.
The last half of the book is all about the space battle, an homage to the finale of The Phantom Menace as the vastly outnumbered and outgunned fighters go into battle to save the day. It’s an exciting and dramatic fight as we are never sure who is going to survive the battle.
The story does have some very convenient moments, but Rucka and Checchetto never make it feel forced or insult the readers with a deus ex machina. Next week is the final issue of this mini-series. I am both excited and saddened to see this story go.