Published: August 28, 2019
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Penciler: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD!
• KENDOH’S crew of mercenaries spring their heist to steal one of the rarest relics in the universe – the hilt of the fabled SWORD OF KHASHYUN from DOK-ONDAR’S DEN OF ANTIQUITIES.
• But with the FIRST ORDER tightening its grip on BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST and the notorious RED FURY STORMTROOPERS on their trail, can these master thieves survive long enough to collect their prize?
• And does Dok-Ondar have one last gambit to play?
As per the rest of this series we only have 2 options for covers, but I assume this will change in the coming weeks with reprints of some issues. Tommy Lee Edwards has done a great job again. His art is quite abstract and I must admit to really liking it. The variant is by a friend of ours here at Jedi News, Luke Ross. Ross has brought together all the main players from the series story and sub-stories for another great cover.
In issue 5, I got exactly what I had been hoping for as I wanted more action from current time Batuu and learn more about Kendoh and her team of Resistance agents. I like how Ethan Sacks has finished Aphra’s and Dok-Ondar’s story around the recovery of the sword, but that in turn is used to deliver the twist to the series. This has been well hidden all the way through and Sacks has shown how adept he is at delivering a good story without being overly complex. Although I must admit to having lost count of how many double and possibly triple crosses there have been!
The character development throughout has been carefully thought out and hasn’t been rushed. I would have liked this last issue to have been a 40-page comic, just to have got a bit more action out of it, that’s how much I’ve enjoyed it.
The artwork again is excellent. Will Sliney has done a great job bringing characters old and new to life. This has been consistent and all of them have been given a very good likeness to what we are accustomed to.
Personally, I would team Sacks and Sliney together for another project if I were Marvel. There seems to be a natural flow to their work together.
I really do want to see more about Kendoh, Remex and Wooro. They are still a bit of a mystery, but notorious by their reputation according to the First Order, so could we see them again in another comic, novel or even season 2 of Resistance?
The only question it leaves me with is; will we see Batuu and Black Spire Outpost as a key location in The Rise of Skywalker? Roll on December to find out!
I have yet to visit Batuu and Black Spire Outpost, but this series has given me a flavour as to what it’s all about and what to expect when I do get chance to go. But, for me that is the great thing about this series. In a way, it has always been meant to be ‘sales brochure’ for Galaxy’s Edge, but regardless of that fact, it has delivered a very enjoyable storyline.
“‘til the spire!”
This issue was released on 31st July 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic bookstores. This issue retails at $3.99.