Synopsis: The end of the war and the final defeat of the REBEL ALLIANCE are inevitable as the cunning IMPERIAL COMMANDER ZAHRA unleashes her fury against the splintered and scattered survivors. But where have the Rebellion’s greatest heroes gone when their cause needs them the most?
Review: Continuing from where the last issue left off. Luke, Leia, Lando, and R2D2 travel to Bespin so Luke can retrieve his Lightsaber.
While Commander Zahra continues to hunt rebel scum and unleashes her fury. Princess Leia, Lando, Luke, and R2D2 travel to Bespin Cloud City so luke can look for his Lightsaber and Lando can find and help his friend Lobot. What seems like a straightforward plan turns into a bit of a nightmare when Leia gets herself captured while trying to figure out the decarbonization process in hopes of using it to save Han.
Jesus Saiz continues to provide solid art for this story and gets to draw a good mixture of dramatic moments combined with some pretty solid action beats. But the most chilling bit of imagery comes at the close of the book when Leia finds herself made into a giant ice cube when some Stormtroopers use the Carbon Freeze on her so she will be less trouble to transport to a nearby imperial facility.
The story is progressing nicely and it was great that writer Charles Soule got the opportunity to develop Commander Zahra a little more. Her speech to her officers on board the Star Destroyer is both steering and frightening and helped by some brilliant art from the artist who manages to convey the intensity she is feeling. Zahra happens to have been mentored by Grand Moff Tarkin. So she definitely has a score to settle.
I also liked the fact that Lando has gone back to Cloud City for Lobot, who was instrumental in helping him get Leia and Chewbacca out of Cloud City during ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’. It will be interesting to see how he is used as this story develops.