Published: September 18th, 2019
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciler: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
SEARCH FOR SKYWALKER! After HAN SOLO’S fall, REY searched for Luke Skywalker. But before Luke, there was LEIA. Witness never-before-seen moments between REY and GENERAL ORGANA. What will Rey, CHEWBACCA and R2-D2 encounter on the way to find Leia’s missing brother?
Noto’s direct cover for Rey #1 is the best from this series, mixing together elements of each Original Trilogy hero who has impacted upon Rey’s life in a stunning montage. For those fans who can stomach the extra cost, then Quesada’s incentive variant makes the scavenger’s swoop-bike jump off the page due to its realism, whilst the puzzle-piece variant definitely captures Rey’s spunk.
Reading Rey #1 is worth it for the initial scenes alone. The moment between Rey and Leia, where the former scavenger explains the tragedy of Han’s death honestly feels like it could be a deleted scene from The Force Awakens. It’s a quiet moment where the two can share in their grief and Rosanas has kept the artwork beautifully simplistic to only focus on the characters’ emotions. It is one of those scenes where you didn’t realise how much you needed it until you’ve read it.
During the hyperspace jump to Ahch-To, alarms begin blaring as the compressor in the Millennium Falcon finally breaks down. In order to fix it, Rey, Chewbacca and R2-D2 take a detour to a shipyard stretching across an entire world ominously named the Necropolis. Amongst a graveyard of old ships, Rey scavenges the parts she needs whilst also uncovering a plot about the Necropolis and its cruel leader.
There’s a dark overtone to this story as it follows the old saying that – “if something is too good to be true, then it probably is”, and reading the comic you’re just waiting for that grand reveal to expose the Necropolis and its inhabitants as a sham. So, although there’s nothing unexpected about the story, there is plenty of suspense to keep readers interested. Even if it is quite a dark issue, there are one or two panels that add a touch of humour which balance the story nicely, and seeing Chewie covered in fire-extinguisher foam has to be a highlight. Taylor also plays with the two sides of Rey’s character; sometimes she’s using her skills as a scavenger, others it’s the tricks of a Jedi-in-training. All of the time Rey is using her own wits and observations to get her through each situation.
New creature designs are always an exciting part of any comic, and the ones that Rosanas has created for this issue are different yet similar to Star Wars designs that fans have seen before. Ara-Nea, the evil overlord of the Necropolis, is a prime example of this as he definitely takes inspiration from Lady Proxima, in that he towers over everyone due to his chitinous body but is draped in fine jewellery. Then the giant worm-like creatures that plague the ship graveyard, eating any unwary visitors, not only resemble space-slugs but also the joopas seen in “The Lost Commanders” from Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels.
Even though there are four locations featured in Rey #1, the story never feels rushed as either a large amount of time is spent in one place or another is only visited briefly on one page. This was something that the previous issue, Rose Tico #1, didn’t balance as well. The amount of contrast in this issue is staggering but it does work cohesively with the plot. The most striking colours of them all are the vivid dark blues and purples throughout the Necropolis that add to the sinister vibes of the place.
It is wonderful to see Leia and Rey in the same issue, especially since sadly their on-screen time together was limited, and Rey #1 is a must-read for fans wanting more knowledge around The Force Awakens. Next week is the conclusion of the entire Age of Resistance series as Kylo Ren attempts some diplomacy – which will probably entail some aggressive negotiations.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Rey #1 was published September 18th, 2019 by Marvel Comics. This issue is available via The Marvel App and from all good comic bookstores and retails at $3.99.