Hux may be one of the most peculiar villains in all of Star Wars. He’s a bit of a whiner, clearly has a variety of complexes to work through, and is likely pure evil. Put it this way: If you go on a date with Hux, you’re going to have a bad time. That date has come for Kylo Ren and Hux, who end up marooned on an alien world with little to no technology.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
Leonard Kirk has drawn quite a few of these Star Wars series and for good reason: the man knows how to draw realistic faces of the characters and he draws great technology. I was pondering just this past weekend why Marvel hasn’t locked him down with an exclusive contract. This issue is just more proof that they should.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue opens with Hux as a little boy living on Empire or First Order ship. He’s bullied at a young age and demeaned quite horribly. You can quickly see why the poor guy turns out to be such a bastard later on in life. Cut to Hux waking up as his ship barrels down on a planet and he quickly snaps into action. His actions do nothing however, and the ship crashes. Soon he finds himself the only survivor save for Kylo Ren on an alien world. Taylor does an impeccable job reminding us how much these two hate each other and it’s made clear the only reason they don’t kill each other is that it would displease Snoke.
As the story pushes along we learn how much Hux knows about Kylo Ren’s past which is weaponized against an innocent bystander. I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers, but it’s an interesting twist as Hux reveals how conniving and ruthless he can be.
Action aficionados get a real treat from Kirk and inker Cory Hamscher (with colors by GURU-eFX and letters by Travis Lanham). There are some serious Force powers at work in this issue that Kirk and Hamscher depict very well. It’s made quite clear Kylo Ren is possibly the most powerful Force user of all time, between fighting a giant alien and keeping himself alive in a crash. Kylo Ren’s helmet is also very well rendered and it actually looks cool in every panel — and I’m saying this as someone who never liked the thing.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
The very end is without a doubt way too convenient. It ties into the opening scene and serves as closer to Hux’s childhood tortures.
Is it good?
An enjoyable Hux/Kylo adventure that serves to reveal a bit about Hux while giving us more time to see these two hate each other so well.