Synopsis: The calculus of loss! The price of freedom is examined, as the Rebel Alliance comes to understand the true scope of the threat against it. Threepio enters into aggressive negotiations, and Luke Skywalker embarks upon a desperate mission that will test his growing Jedi skills to the limit.
Crimson Dawn Spies Melton and his wife have crash-landed on Coruscant and are running for their lives. Thankfully in the last issue, they managed to get a message off to the Rebel Fleet so help is on the way. But how should the Rebels proceed given that Coruscant is completely run by the Empire? Luke Skywalker has the answer and it turns out to be a somewhat dangerous plan as he goes on a solo mission to find the Imperial Defectors and their family.
Andrés Genolet does a solid job of the artwork and provides some solid action beats. I loved the sequence of panels in which Melton and his family wind up in the sewers of Coruscant and try to get away from the local authorities. This setup visually paves the way for Luke to make a really dramatic entrance. I also loved the Corridor Ghouls that get used to great effect later in the book.
This is a fun issue that wraps up the story arc for Melton and his family rather nicely. Charles Soule makes clever use of these unknown characters to tell the story of how the Rebels found out about the second Deathstar. I also quite like how Crimson Dawn has weaved its way into these later storylines and hope that we get to see a post-Return of The Jedi comic book series to give us a rundown on some of the events that take place in the gap between that movie and The Force Awakens. Of course, we already know much of it from The Legends series. But it is interesting to see what new stuff Marvel’s team can come up with.
Overall The calculus of loss! nails it.