Published: October 30th, 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! POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.
As the final piece of the montage, Checchetto’s direct cover is a gorgeous depiction of Rey, who looks determined and hopeful in equal measure. The all-blue colour scheme is also reminiscent of her lightsaber blade and loyalty to the Light Side. Sliney uses similar colour choices, with allies and foes moodily staring into space on either side of Rey, which is wonderfully dramatic. Allegiance began with a cover of Leia, and she’s so vital to this story that it’s very fitting that the movie-still variant should also end with a stunning photo of the General.
So, after four weeks (it doesn’t feel that long!) the Allegiance series comes to its gripping finale that is so cleverly written by Sacks. He ties up as much as necessary to make the overall plot cohesive but leaves fans with enough loose-ends and questions to build even more anticipation for December.
The explosive sabotage enacted by the Quarren from last week’s issue is exactly where Allegiance #4 begins. As readers we all knew that Leia, Rey and Rose would survive, but how was the burning question. Well, Rey saves them all by instinctively using the Force to hold back the flames and control the explosion – which is impressive progress in her training. It will be exciting to see how much further she may have progressed, and what other elements she could be controlling by the time of the events in The Rise of Skywalker.
This terrible plot by the Quarren does have one advantage – it finally exposes them as the true traitors of Mon Cala. In the scenes following this revelation Sacks makes Leia shine. Her speech to the Mon Calamari about setting aside differences, letting go of grudges and coming together in order to fight for freedom is so beautifully written. Wherever Leia speaks, whether it’s a senate chamber or a hangar bay, her words are always inspiring, which is something that Sacks has used to great effect. Ross’s artwork only deepens this by depicting so much emotion across panels of Leia’s face; from determination to get the ships the Resistance desperately needs to the pain at the sacrifices that have to be made.
Although he’s been beside Leia from the start, it feels as if Sacks has been saving C-3PO for this issue and he will steal quite a few scenes for many fans. Threepio delivers lines that are just so typical, and even when things look bad, he helps lighten the mood at the exact right moments.
This lighter tone of the comic is continued for Poe and Finn’s mission on the Moon of Avedot. Their escape plays out more like a comedy! Even during an intense battle with the bounty hunters, Poe still finds time for witty remarks and blowing stuff up. Some flyboys just never change. All of the action makes for some of the best artwork by Ross in this comic, with huge explosions, blaster fire and panicked expressions aplenty. Throughout the Allegiance series Poe and Finn have shared a very easy camaraderie, and this becomes obvious in the trust they put in each other near the end. Hopefully there will be more of this hilarious teamwork in the upcoming film!
As for the actual ending of this story, it is absolutely heart-wrenching. Fans reading this series will know that the First Order were on their way and that’s all that can be said without spoilers – except that Ross does some amazing panels of General Hux. Allegiance has had the perfect combination of Sacks, Ross, Loughridge and everyone else who has made this series an incredible rollercoaster of cliffhangers, teasing fans as to what to expect in The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: Allegiance #4 was published October 30th, 2019 by Marvel Comics. This issue is available via The Marvel App and from all good comic bookstores and retails at $3.99.