Comic Review: Age of Resistance – Finn #1

Published: July 3rd, 2019
Rating: T
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciler: Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The synopsis;

A LITTLE REBELLION! Before he was a rebel hero, FINN had another calling. He was…a janitor. But how could this lead FN-2187 to question everything? How much action can someone see mopping floors and dealing with a pest problem? It turns out, a whole lot.

The review;

All four variant covers for this issue are very strong, although for different reasons. The direct version by Phil Noto really captures Finn’s determination and the stormtrooper background is clever juxtaposition. A stand-out though is Camuncoli’s assortment of the main characters to be featured in this series that manages to pack so much detail onto a page by almost hiding some of the characters behind one another.

It makes perfect sense that Finn should kick-start Marvel’s Age of Resistance series; he was the first character seen in the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens and brings integral heart to the Sequel Trilogy. His questioning of orders has been briefly touched upon in the novel Before the Awakening, and Taylor’s story manages to capture Finn’s compassionate personality, whilst also explaining a little more about his stormtrooper past.

Never could a story about sanitation be more interesting. However, this is Star Wars so even cleaning jobs come with risks. After angering Captain Phasma with a goofy move using a mop, FN-2187 is posted onto a dangerous assignment to clear out a pest infestation within the bowels of Starkiller Base. The mission doesn’t exactly go to plan and FN-2187 ends up going behind his commanding officer’s back to save the supposed pests by smuggling them off-planet.

The one thing that really shines out in this story is the personalities of the stormtroopers. When reading the comic the camaraderie between the troopers is obvious, especially when trying to protect each other in battle. Whilst they are preparing for the mission there are some interesting scenes of the troopers just chatting and joking around, and being very normal. It’s so nice to see the more human side of their personalities under those helmets, and they add plenty of humour throughout the story.

As the action heats up Rosanas’s artwork of the ‘pests’ (which are basically Star Wars bats) is fantastic, and there’s a strong sense that the animals are chaotically flying everywhere across the pages. There is also a certain creepiness to the creatures as they are mainly just black silhouettes with glowing eyes. Rosanas also deserves commendation for making every stormtrooper look different underneath those helmets – not an easy job when there are sometimes nearly a dozen on a page! A shocking and rather unexpected change in colour palette occurs in the middle of the comic, as the animals’ nest uses bright almost psychedelic blue, but it still manages to blend with the rest.

Tom Taylor has done a great job writing Finn as an extremely capable but highly unorthodox stormtrooper. When FN-2187 finds the creatures’ nest he realises that the animals are only defending their home, and that the First Order have disturbed them instead. Here’s the Finn we know and love from the movies, who questions the actions of the regime he serves and feels guilty for participating. This part of the story also definitely has real-world comparisons to modern urbanisation encroaching on the natural environment.

If this first issue is a taste as to what’s coming from this series then there is plenty to be excited about. Finn #1 delivers heart, humour and heroism aplenty. Next week the limelight is upon Captain Phasma, so who knows what ruthless deeds she’ll be committing.

Availability;

Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Finn #1 was published July 3rd 2019 by Marvel Comics. This issue is available via The Marvel App and from all good comic book stores and retails at $3.99.

Kat Rees-Jauke
It was LEGO that got Kat into Star Wars in 2015. After spontaneously buying the LEGO 10188 Death Star set, she finally decided to watch the Original Trilogy and from then on was completely absorbed into a galaxy far, far away. On a very early December morning, Kat got to see her first Star Wars film in the cinema and The Force Awakens still holds a special place in her heart. With this new era of content also came her favourite character – Kylo Ren.