Comic Review: Age of Rebellion – Jabba the Hutt #1

Published: May 22nd, 2019
Rated: T
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciler: Emilio Laiso, Roland Boschi, Turini
Cover Artist: Terry & Rachel Dodson

The synopsis;

IT’S GREAT TO BE JABBA!
Across the galaxy, Imperials, rebels and scoundrels alike speak in hushed tones of JABBA THE HUTT, the greatest gangster in the OUTER RIM. Discover what makes the name of Jabba so feared, in a crime story that stretches from the casinos of CANTO BIGHT to the deserts of TATOOINE!

The review;

The usual round of variants are available for this issue, but the most noteworthy being the Gerald Parel ‘Villains’ cover. Another awesome and highly detailed of the villainous characters from this series that will also be the cover for the trade paperback when it is published.

Marvel and the Star Wars story group are really linking up the 3 trilogy era’s heavily at the moment. We have Canto Bight now being linked to Jabba the Hutt and his clan’s network back on Tatooine. This depth is really driving home the intrinsic web of connections that have yet to be explored. Also, these are areas that I think many fans, myself included, can envisage so many spin off mini-series and one shot comics to keep building these links.

In the Canto Bight novel, we have a story about a bottle of wine and the sommelier who courts her clients in the casinos and clubs on Cantonica. So to have these link back to Jabba, brought a smile to my face when reading. Tusken Wind is the intoxicating liquor that hails from the dunes of Tatooine.

While the Tusken Raiders lead a nomadic existence, in constant conflict with other populations, they are also under the thumb of Jabba. This leads to some bounty hunters wanting in on the profits. With the usual spy network Jabba sets them up to visit a place in the desert to find the Tusken’s making the beverage. But, it is a setup and as others have also found out about this place, it ends with a standoff between the groups. This double cross also eliminates Jabba’s would be rivals and secures him sole supply of Tusken Wind.

I really liked the ruse of the double cross. But, the best was to come. The wine has now been synthesised by a cartel from Coruscant rendering the wine, once priceless, now worthless. So, the last laugh is for Jabba, enemies eliminated by each other and the Tusken’s as his ally. Clever business!

Overall this was a very simple tale of subterfuge befitting the crime lord. With the story split into 3 distinct sections, this has allowed 3 artists to be used for the comic. Each style is very different, but complement each other really well.

Pak has given us a story that flows well and connects a few dots along the way.

Next up is Luke Skywalker, featuring the eerie influence of The Emperor!

Availability;

This issue was released on 22nd May 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.