Synopsis: THE DAWN ALLIANCE – PART 2 OF 3 “The Last Division” The fate of THE REBEL ALLIANCE FLEET is at stake, as its last remaining divisions face off in battle against the brutal tactics of COMMANDER ELLIAN ZAHRA and her crew on the TARKIN’S WILL. For Zahra, this fight is personal; her revenge will not be complete until every life lost on THE DEATH STAR is avenged.
Picking the story up from where the last issue left off. The Rebel Fleet has come together and vastly outnumbers Commander Zahra and the crew of the Tarkin’s Will. But Zahra is determined to beat the odds and hatches a plan to manipulate the Rebel Fleet into destroying many of its own ships. However, the one thing she hasn’t taken into account is the love that Kes Damoran has for his wife. As well as the loyalty that Starlight Squadron has for their leader.
Ramon Rosanas delivers the goods for this issue, which is mostly set on board The Tarkin’s Will. The artist manages to keep things interesting using various different perspectives and angles to keep things as dynamic as possible. A lot of pages are taken up with Commander Zahra telling her people every single detail of her plan. Thankfully, Rosanas keeps her speech from getting to boring by alternating between different angles and viewpoints of the bridge while also using a few exterior shots of the rebel fleet in relation to The Tarkin’s Will.
The second part of the book gives us some real action as Kes Dameron rescues his wife and they hatch a plan to disable the Tarkin’s Will from within.
The final page of this issue makes a real statement of intent and sets things up beautifully for next month. But I can’t help but feel that it has borrowed somewhat from a certain scene from the season one finale of The Mandalorian.
This second issue of THE DAWN ALLIANCE really goes for the throat in terms of how far Commander Zahra is prepared to go. Writer Charles Soule has perhaps created a Star Wars character in Zahra that many will love to hate for years to come. She is totally ruthless.
I can’t wait to read the next issue of this story.