Published: August 7, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciler: Phil Noto
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
ROGUES, ROMANCE AND ROCK MONSTERS! With the fate of the Rebellion at stake, our heroes scramble to set their decoys and traps to protect THE REBEL FLEET. But everyone’s plan suddenly becomes more complicated. What can a frontier cardsharp teach Luke about THE FORCE? What are HAN and LEIA doing in the Lanz Carpo honeymoon suite? And which utterly iconic STAR WARS villain finally takes notice as CHEWIE and THREEPIO tangle with the rock monsters of Planet K43?
The first two parts of ‘Rebels and Rogues’ began to allay my fears about the changeover in writers and I have to say, I was really looking forward to this issue. As with the previous issues, the comic is split into three, each following one of the storylines. What I appreciate about the comic, is that we focus on one story before moving onto the next. Other writers might have been tempted to try and weave these three parts together and I’m so glad Pak did not do this. It works so much better with the stories not being confined to this sort of format. As a reader, you feel like you are getting three stories in one, which can’t be a bad thing.
The first story, and my favourite, is following Luke, as he travels with a character called Warba. Last issue, we were teased that she had force abilities and the same can be said this week. Yet the more I see of this character, the more I’m convinced that she is a con artist. Her interest in Luke’s lightsaber is definitely a clue for me! This works really well with Luke’s character, as he (and all the other characters) are still like their A New Hope incarnation. Luke is still the wide-eyed optimistic, who is very focused on the mission and doing what’s right for the Rebellion. Because of this, he is completely missing the warning signs about Warba and I imagine that this will be his undoing. He wants so badly to learn more about the force, that he isn’t able to use it to help guide him on the correct course. The two play-off wonderfully together and I hope it continues.
The second story focuses on Han and Leia and how the two are trying to be undetected. It pushes both characters to their limits, yet just like Luke, they are still the characters we know from the movies. Han is still reading too much into things, believing that everything must be about him. Leia is his reality check, as she is solely focused on the mission and never loses that perspective. It was perhaps obvious that Dar Champion would be the one who was following the duo, yet I liked that for him, there is no difference between scum and the Empire. Although what Leia and Han are doing will help the Rebellion, it won’t make much change for the people of the planet.
The third part follows Chewbacca and C-3PO. Last week I said that this was my least favourite of the arcs and I can say that again this week. Well, until a certain super star destroyer showed up! Suddenly this arc became a lot more interesting, particularly as we got to see Admiral Ozzel and (most importantly) Darth Vader. It can’t be Star Wars without Darth Vader and his entrance was wonderful. Short yet full of impact. I hope that the next issue will also focus more heavily on the Empire than on Chewbacca and 3PO as I think it would provide a very different type of story to the first two we are reading.
I’m very careful as to what I say is the weakest and strongest story arc, because it’s my opinion. The Luke arc is by far my favourite, but that’s not to say that there aren’t some readers who are shaking their heads at me going, “Chewie and 3PO all the way!” And that is perhaps what I love most about this story arc. No matter who you are, or what you love about Star Wars, there is something here for everyone. And rather than get fed up with the story you like dropping in and out of the comic, each of the three parts is allowed its own space altogether. Where this is heading is anyone’s guess, but the arrival of Vader promises to make the next issue worth the wait.
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