If you’re like me you’re probably wondering why Disney is being such a bugger about advance tickets for Rise of Skywalker. Give us our seats now you big stupid mouse! Needless to say, we’re all hungry to see how JJ Abrams closes out this story, but fear not as we can all get a taste of Rey, Kylo Ren, and Leia’s story in this miniseries. The series is written by Ethan Sacks with art by Luke Ross and it takes place between Last Jedi and the upcoming film. If that’s not reason enough to read this you probably hate Star Wars!
The Mon Calamari continue to add value to the story
I rather liked the first issue which introduced new worlds, rendered the characters realistically so you weren’t taken out of the film, and looped in a key alien race in the ongoing saga. The Mon Calamari are quite an interesting race especially if you’ve read the comics which featured Darth Vader inflicting his will on their people. The way this story is going their people may be at risk again which adds to the stakes in a way that’ll have old school Star Wars fans even more interested. Sacks does a good job intwining Leia into the narrative too and one could argue this story is attempting to fix the rather sad way Admiral Ackbar was removed from the series.
Many will wonder if this story needs to be told. Frankly, if the adventure is good enough it is no matter what, but the fact is getting weapons and ships is a big part of a rebellion. That makes the actions here count especially when it comes to the status of the Resistance’s power in the next film.
Impressive alien worlds
Ross is backed up by color artist Lee Loughridge and the environments and backgrounds continue to look stellar. The opening page revealing Mon Cala is beautiful and so very alien. It’s a reminder this universe is robust and huge in scale. There are also impressive shots of Star Destroyers as well as Stormtrooper outfits. The rendering of character we know and love is quite good too as its never so close it’s creepy. There is a shot of Kylo Ren that’s incredibly good from the glow of his lightsaber to the confidence in his face as he slices someone’s head off.
Perplexingly Rey continues to be an enigma of the story. She plays the part of guard more than anything else which certainly makes her part of the action, but not much else. It’s cool to see her do some fighting tricks–and Ross draws a mean staff fight scene–but she’s possibly the weakest of the main players. We’ll see if she gets more to do and say in future issues, but I’m starting to wonder if the Disney story group said to keep her character arc at a minimum.
Overall I’m liking this series. It has enough tethered to the history and ramifications leading to the next film to make this a must-read for any hardcore Star Wars fan. The sense of adventure is strong with this one.