Published: September 18th, 2019
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciler: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
“MY HERO” Sisters. Friends. Co-pilots. Growing up, Rose and Paige Tico were everything to each other. Until the First Order tore their world apart. See the bond between Rose and Paige before it was forever broken.
What is really beautiful about both cover variants is how they incorporate pieces of Rose’s character. Noto has included Rose’s beloved Otomok medallion paired with her sister’s and the art-deco style lettering is simply gorgeous. The mechanical detailing on the puzzle-piece variant for all of the Resistance bombers is incredible, and at the same time they subtly represent Rose’s old squadron.
This issue is very different to other stories in the Age of Resistance series. It’s a slow, narrated story where you feel more like you’re observing rather than reading. However, the narration is a bold, mysterious way of storytelling as you don’t know whose thoughts you are reading until the end of the comic. It will probably split opinion – some fans may like this slower pace, whilst others might have preferred some more action.
As sisters growing up on Hays Minor, the Tico sisters were living ordinary lives, enjoying games and just being youngsters. Then the First Order arrives, tearing their home world apart for ore, and slowly destroying both the land and poisoning the air. With no hope of successfully fighting back against the callous destruction by the First Order, nor any chance of the New Republic intervening, the girls leave with the intention of joining the Resistance.
Rose Tico #1 is a good story but it could have been better. It just feels quite disjointed in the sense that it jumps from past to present, and from one location to another quite quickly. It also feels extremely similar to elements from Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein, not adding anything new to Rose’s character or more depth. The story seems to be trying to do too much in one issue and just when you’re getting into the swing of the plot, the story changes, leaving the reader a bit muddled.
Even if perhaps overall the story is a little fragmented, there are some touching scenes between Rose and Paige. Taylor’s writing of their sibling relationship feels very real, particularly Paige’s gentle teasing of her younger sister and Rose’s use of nicknames. The bond between the two is practically palpable. Then there is an extremely emotional moment with Leia comforting the girls, delivering a message about grief and vengeance that is absolutely so morally honest, yet it’s woven between Leia’s typical sassy wit. It’s a beautiful scene that you could read over many times and never become tired of it.
With changes in location and timeline, Rosanas has done an amazing job of adjusting the art style to keep pace. From the cosiness of the Tico’s family home, to the dirtiness caused by the First Order occupation, each page offers something different. That’s reinforced with the colour palette choices too, as sunset-hues are used when Hays Minor was habitable, then dark browns to represent a polluted world. It is comparable to images of real-world areas that were once verdant with life but have now been damaged beyond repair due to human actions.
There are some great parts to Rose Tico #1 but they don’t add up to be the strongest whole, and for anyone who has read Cobalt Squadron then this issue won’t add much knowledge about the plucky mechanic. With the release of two issues this week, Rey #1 is promising even more girl power between the Jedi-in-training and General Organa.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Rose Tico #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.