Synopsis: This month’s issue of ‘Star Wars’ sees things escalate. The mission to reunite the REBEL FLEET is countered by a deadly trap sprung by the cunning COMMANDER ZAHRA! How will WEDGE ANTILLES, SHARA BEY and the other elite pilots of STARLIGHT SQUADRON survive? And then there’s LANDO CALRISSIAN… forced to choose between THE REBELLION and one of his oldest friends!
Picking the action up just moments from where it left off in last month’s issue. Starlight Squadron has been ambushed and is being herded by Tie Fighters. Also, the Star Destroyer, which is commanded by Commander Zahra has locked a tractor beam onto them.
Meanwhile, back at the rebel fleet. Lobot is still being used as a link up to the old droid in order to help C3PO record the ancient language needs for the new code. Unfortunately, the effort it is taking is hurting Lobot and his friend Lando isn’t happy with the situation. Leia, who is thinking of the bigger picture orders C3PO to carry on working. But when Lando objects and tries to put a stop to things. She orders Kes Dameron to take him to the brig. Will it all be for nothing?
This month’s cover from Carlo Pagulayan is pretty epic. And shows a movie poster type image of Commander Zahra and her Star Destroyer bearing down on Starlight Squadron. This is the sort of image I really enjoy seeing on the covers of my ‘Star Wars’ comics.
The interior artwork from Jan Bazaldua is equally stunning. I really enjoyed the action sequences in which Shara leads the raid on the Star Destroyer in order to steal an imperial Astro mech droid. The AT-STs bearing down on her and her compatriots was epic and had a very cinematic feel to it. Also, the more tense stand off happening between Landa, Kes Dameron, and Leia is equally dramatic.
A really strong issue, which ends on a bit of an uncertain note when it comes to the future of the Damerons. Hopefully, the story is going in a direction that I’d like to see. I.E. a daring rescue mission. Also, enjoying the fact that Landa seems to be hedging his bets a little. Charles Soule’s take on Lando seems to become a bit more interesting than it was in the comic series he did on the character. This is much better.