Published: October 16th, 2019
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Penciler: Luke Ross
Colourist: Lee Loughridge
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight.
Imposing is one way to describe this week’s direct cover, with Checchetto capturing Kylo Ren reaching out determinedly with the Force. It’s a busy piece, so there’s a lot of art to appreciate and the ‘explosion’ of TIE Fighters in the corner is particularly eye-catching. Being the artist for this series Ross knows the story inside out and that really shows in his cover variant which oozes tension. Yet another strong portrait of Rey is used for the movie-still variant, and it’s likely this trend will continue over the rest of the series.
In Allegiance #1 Sacks was slowly building the foundations for each storyline, and this issue sees quite an increase in pace with plenty of action. It also cleverly ties-in with the Mutiny at Mon Cala story-arc from Marvel’s main Star Wars series, along with characters introduced from Sacks’ recent Galaxy’s Edge comics.
Last week Leia and her Resistance delegation didn’t exactly get the warm welcome they were hoping for on Mon Cala, and we get to see the General in her element dealing with the Quarren representatives. Her humour about politicians is so fun to read (and true)! However, meeting Admiral Ackbar’s son, Aftab, is a wonderful moment as it’s so unexpected. Who could have guessed that the Admiral even had a son? Leia joins Aftab visiting the Mourning Shrines of Mon Cala, and Ross’s artwork of this scene is incredible – it’s a watercolour style that almost seems to glow and is a beautiful page honouring a fan-favourite character.
Whilst Leia is negotiating, Rey and Rose Tico tinker around the Falcon, and it’s great to have some interaction between the two characters. Rose is no longer the shy mechanic, immediately coming to her friends’ defence when necessary. Similarly, to the last issue Rey is acting a little odd, sulking and wishing for action. As a reader you’re trying to link this Rey to the one on-screen and there’s a slight difference. Yes, in the films Rey always wants to help her friends, but she seems a lot more impatient and impulsive in Allegiance. Where Sacks will take this in the remaining issues is going to be extremely interesting.
Fans got to see Finn turning into a true member of the Resistance in The Last Jedi and Sacks develops this more in this issue, writing Finn as a far more confident Resistance leader comfortably giving orders, which is likely to be very similar to how the character will be in The Rise of Skywalker. Once Kendoh and her crew of bounty hunters caught Poe and Finn’s trail, their mission to find a disused Republic base containing a weapons cache was never going to be easy. The action scenes on the Moon of Avedot flow quickly over the pages, mixed with Poe and Finn’s amusing exchanges, and it will be exciting to find out how they plan on escaping in the next issue.
Allegiance #2 is mainly focused around the heroes of the Resistance, but once again fans are teased with a page of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. As mentioned last week, Sacks is utilising the character so well, and it’s impossible to predict where or when he’ll write Kylo into each issue. The art adds to the aggressiveness of this scene, only using black and red to bloodthirsty effect, as Kylo forcibly takes control of the Fondor shipyards. This particular event may help to explain how the First Order’s armada has gotten so huge in the Episode IX teaser trailer.
If the ending of last week’s issue left readers wanting for more, then the suspenseful cliffhanger of Allegiance #2 will definitely cause an agonising wait. With trouble and treason brewing for Leia on Mon Cala, along with a daring escape plan needed by Finn and Poe, the action is undoubtedly going to ramp up even more.
Star Wars: Allegiance #2 was published October 16th, 2019 by Marvel Comics. This issue is available via The Marvel App and from all good comic bookstores and retails at $3.99.