Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy

My Brother, My Enemy #1
*Image from DarkHorse.com
Collects issues # 1-5

reviewMy Brother, My Enemy begins after the explosive events of Empire’s last arc, The Wrong Side of the War, in which Luke discovers his childhood friend Janek Sunber is enlisted in the Imperial armed forces patrolling a prison colony on Kalist v1. In My Brother, My Enemy, Luke receives a message from Janek claiming that he wants to desert the Imperials and join the Rebellion.

When the Rebel team makes it back to the fleet after a narrow escape from Kalist V1 with Rebel tactician Jorin Sol, they discover that the Imperials have brainwashed Sol into a saboteur after he breaks out of his bacta tube and trys to murder Deena Shan. After Sol returns to his former self, the rebels deem him cure of his brainwashing and let him return to duty.

Against the orders of Princess Leah, Luke and Deena Shan go to the cordinates provided anf find themselves in a ship junkyard. They dock with Tank’s ship and find him strapped to a torture device. While in the process of leaving, Luke, Deena and Tank are ambushed by a shuttle full of Imperial stormtroopers. After an intense firefight, the three escape using the Rebellion’s limpet ship and receive a mixed welcome on their return to the Rebel fleet.

After being investigated and interrogated, Sunber is allowed to join the Rebellion under the careful eye of Tung Li. Shortly afterwards, the Rebel Fleet is ambushed by an Imperial battle group. After the Rebel’s flag ship is pounded by the Imperials, Tank reveals himself to be an Imperial agent,  stopping the Rebels from jumping to hyperspace. After a fist-fight with Luke, tank saves the incapacitated Leah from falling down into the burning hull of the rebel flagship, sacrificing his life for her’s.

Jorin sol, still under the influence of his Imperial brainwashing, manages to pilot the flagship into a hyperspace jump, saving everyone onboard. In the hours afterward, the Imperials find an escape pod floating in the wreckage that is rumoured to be Tank’s.

Though some aspects of this arc’s story were un-logical and confusing, what really made this arc for me was the amazing art by Brandon Badeaux. While his exaggerated muscle structure on was annoying at times, the overall design of  My Brother, My Enemy’s characters and locations was amazing. My favorite piece of art in this entire series would have to be the Tatooine sunset on the first page of the first issue.  Small gripes would include the really, really long stormtrooper neck behind Tank in Issue #1 (believe me, you’ll see it) and some other minor proportional issues.

Storywise, I would have really enjoyed seeing Han Solo in this arc. While I’m sure there is some explanation for his absence that I’ve forgotten about from the Empire comics, there seemed to be a lack of character development for anyone but Tank and Deena Shan. There wasn’t really anyone we could relate to in the story.

Overly-buff Luke and absence of character development aside, this was an enjoyable read that can speak to expanded universe fans as well as people getting into Star Wars comics.

By Chris Pence

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