Published: June 5th, 2019
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciler: Chris Sprouse
Cover Artist: Terry & Rachel Dodson
THE FIRST TEMPTATION OF LUKE SKYWALKER!
After learning the true identity of his father, LUKE continues his training and prepares for the inevitable showdown, determined never to follow the path of VADER. But when a rebel general’s mistakes lead to disaster and Luke must seize command, the DARK SIDE tempts him as never before. Featuring the eerie influence of THE EMPEROR!
Terry Dodson was kind enough to share the work in progress for the direct edition cover via his Twitter aacount and it shows how the collboration between Rachel and himself comes together. I wish more artists would share this type ‘work in progress’, especially for the covers.
My favourite of all the covers is the one from Chris Sprouse. While his artwork within the comic itself is excellent, the cover is awesome. I especially like The Force Awakwens chrarcter poster feel to it
A close second is the Ralph McQuarrie concept of Luke on Bespin.
So Greg Pak’s run comes to the penultimate issue of the series and I think he’s done a partcilarly good job again and captures the character of Luke so well.
The one thing that really does stand it for me is the influence via the Force the Emperor tries to use over Luke to distract him from his mission. This is a really interesting development, as this reflects Snoke’s ability to assist and ‘play’ with the emotions of Kylo Ren and Rey. Has it been there for the Emperor all along and we’ve just never known bout it? I hope there is more to come of this within the pages of the upcoming Age of Resistance series.
The story is a typical battle and Luke doing the right thing by everyone. Sometimes, I think Luke can be protrayed as a bit of a ‘goodie two shoes’, but in this issue I feel it’s his strength in the Force that wills him to choose the right path rather than his own moral compass.
As I’ve already mentioned, Sprouse has not just brought us a great cover, but his artwork internally has been ably assisted by Scott Koblish and Stefano Landini. There is a change between sections of the story between each of them, but it is done really well. We are seeing more and more of this recently and it works well.
Glenn Greenberg has penned a really good supporting article about Luke. I think the story group have cleverly used this series to fill in a few little gaps between all 3 trilogies. The introduction of Imperial Security Droids, the Emperor’s connection to Luke using the Force and a Pau’an character are small examples of this.
Last up in the series is the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader. Let’s see what’s in store for him.
This issue was released on 5th June 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.