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Star Wars: TIE Fighter #3 Review

Pulse-pounding TIE Fighter action!

In the latest issue of TIE Fighter an uprising within an uprising occurs, more TIE Fighter dogfights go down and the tight-knit team is rocked. Jody Houser, Roge Antonio, and Geraldo Borges continue their excellent look at a group of some of the greatest pilots the Empire has ever known.

So what’s it about?

Read our preview.

Why does this matter?

This comic series connects to Alphabet Squadron so you best keep your eyes on it for the full picture. It’s also a unique Marvel Star Wars comic as it breaks from the usual mold of major players and reveals what it’s like to be a cog in the machine.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Set phasers to stun! Wait, wrong series.
Credit: Marvel Comics

The last issue felt a tad slow in its approach but it all picks up here with some blaster action and a ton of dogfight spaceship battles satiate fans. Houser and Antonio do a good job moving the characters from point A to point B and effectively ramping up the stakes and situation by the end of the issue. It’s also an issue that reminds us that any one of these protagonists could die while piloting a TIE Fighter.

This is some of the best TIE Fighter dogfighting I’ve ever seen and Antonio should be commended for keeping the action easy to follow and exciting. The use of translucent helmets continues to work well to show us the characters’ emotions under their helmets. When there are 50 ships zipping about in space it gets chaotic, and you feel that pressure on the pilots.

The backup drawn by Borges gives us a look at Teso, the de facto leader of the group, and how he came into this role. Houser continues to show us the humanity in these characters even if they’re not fighting for the good guys. It’s easy to think every Empire officer is evil, but this series continues to show the lines are much more blurred.

Stormtroopers using their noggins.
Credit: Marvel Comics

It can’t be perfect, can it?

How this group of pilots gets off the planet is a bit too convenient for my tastes. A few blasts and a heart to heart is all it takes to turn a Stormtrooper’s head, I guess, even if it’s a group of Stormtroopers who have gone against the Empire. It seems a little too convenient that the one Stormtrooper they speak to is willing to let them go.

Is it good?

Continues to deliver pulse-pounding TIE Fighter action while never forgetting the humanity of each pilot along the way.

Star Wars: TIE Fighter #3
Is it good?
Continues to deliver pulse-pounding TIE Fighter action while never forgetting the humanity of each pilot along the way.
Lots more dogfight scenes
Does well to capture the humanity of the characters
The resolution in the opening pages comes way too easy

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