Synopsis: “No…I am your father.” In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible?
Review: Having spent the last 4 and a bit years giving us the events that happened between ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Marvel now turns its attention to filling in the gap between Empire and Jedi in what is a very action-packed first issue.
Having barely escaped from Bespin. Lando, Leia, Chewie, and Luke head out to link up with the Rebel Fleet but find themselves in the middle of a huge firefight as they arrived to take on Commander Zahra, who for some reasons has a lot of hatred for Leia. Things look pretty bad for the rebellion, but Leia fights on with help from a reluctant Lando Calrissian who would rather run away to fight another day.
Added to all of this is the fact that Luke is still reeling from his duel with Darth Vader and is uncertain about whether or not he is on the right path or not. Making things worse for him is the fact that neither Ben Kenobi or Yoda are answering his calls for guidance.
Jesus Saiz provides some wonderful art for this issue. The opening couple of pages see a repeat of the closing moments of the duel between Vader and Luke. We see Luke’s severed hand still holding the lightsaber as is falls down the bowels of Cloud City.
As we get to the present we see the crew on the Falcon and a somewhat angry chewie who is still miffed with Lando for betraying them. The likenesses for the characters are bang on and as a fan of Star Wars. Especially the characters from the original trilogy. I really appreciate that.
This opening issue is great. Admittedly I was a little worried about the fact that Charles Soule was writing this given how much I hated the Mini-Series he did about Lando, but this single issue has redeemed him somewhat in my eyes.
I love the fact that we get to see Poe Dameron’s parents again as Poes’ mother Shara Bey flys her A-Wing in the battle to protect the fleet while her husband watches helplessly. Hopefully, these characters will get more development as the comic moves forward because its a nice way of tying the original trilogy together with the sequels.
This series is what I have been wanting to see for a while. Having never read that many of the novels. I never really got to learn too much about the events leading up to Jedi. So it is great that Marvel is going there given that there seemed to be a lot of unanswered questions such as how did Lando go from betraying his friend to becoming a General in the Rebellion. Now we get to find out and I really enjoyed the fact that neither Leia or Chewie are quick to forgive Lando for his transgression.
I look forward to seeing how things develop as this series moves forward.