Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciler: Leinil Francis Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artists: Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Princess Leia and Sana Starros are on board the top secret Rebel prison. A team of mercenaries and droids have attacked the station that harbors the worst offenders from the Empire that have been captured by the Rebel Alliance. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are on Nar Shadaa attempting to earn back the credits that Han lost gambling.
When we were introduced to this super secret Rebel prison, I really did not like the idea of the Rebels doing this. I felt it did not mesh with their ideals of freedom and democracy. In this issue the morality gets even muddier as it seems the mercenaries are not interested in helping prisoners escape, instead they are executing prisoners in their cells. It seems like this is a cover for something else they are doing, possibly freeing Dr. Aphra and delivering her to Vader, but it’s not yet clear what other game they are playing.
With this all being a story of questionable morality, I like that Leia and Sana are working to protect the lives of the prisoners and not just leave them up to the fate of these killers. It even gets to the point where Leia not only saves Aphra’s life but also agrees to let her loose to help them. I’m very interested to see what Leia, Sana and Aphra do together in the next issues.
On the opposite side of the heavier Leia prison story is the light Han and Luke story. Luke has attempted to make deals since Han is likely to cause more problems. There is a fun bit of Luke trying to act like Han and boast about the Millennium Falcon like Han does. Ultimately they end up hauling nerfs. We do get see a canonical nerf for the first time. The story is light and not much happens, but it does help to balance out some of the intensity from the Leia story. It looks like the next issue may have more for Han and Luke to do.
Jason Aaron continues to write a good story. The prison is still an odd choice to include, but I like seeing Leia and the Rebels trying to protect lives. Sunny Gho’s colors are working overtime in the prison as everything is heavily saturated orange, red and yellow. Yu and Alanguilan’s artwork helps to keep the story moving at a fast pace, even when Luke is getting puked on by a nerf.
The current storylines are far from my favorites, but the characterizations are strong and there is a promise of more to come as both stories take interesting twists. It’s a lot of setup this time around, but I like the direction they are moving in.