Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: John Cassaday & Paul Mounts
It’s hard to believe that Star Wars has been back at Marvel long enough to have an Annual issue, but here we are nearly one year later.
This issue is a stand-alone story involving a Rebel spy named Eneb Ray working undercover on Coruscant. His cover is Tharius Demo, an Imperial tax collector. I’m not sure they can get much lower than that. Ray is a very good spy and has been doing his best for the Rebellion when he is contacted by Princess Leia.
Leia tells him that they need to rescue several Senators who are known Rebel sympathizers and are scheduled for interrogation and execution. Against his better judgement, Ray takes the mission, but things immediately get more complicated when he learns that the Emperor will be arriving to personally oversee everything.
This is a great action spy thriller story. Everything starts simple enough, but Ray quickly gets in over his head as he tries to not only rescue everyone but also to be the hero and go after the Emperor. Unfortunately for him, the Emperor is much, much better at subterfuge and plays poor Ray. This story is action packed and doesn’t slow down until the heartbreaking end. It may be minor, but it made me happy to see that they used the transport ship from the old X-wing and TIE Fighter PC games.
Kieron Gillen has written a great story. This was our first time with Eneb Ray but by the end of the book, we can really connect to him and get a good understanding of who he is. Angel Unzueta’s art showcases the action well, with so much going on we never lose track of the story in the action. This book compliments the ongoing story and doesn’t feel like a distraction from the current arc which can so often happen with stand-alone issues.