Published: September 4, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciler: Phil Noto
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
The REBELS AND ROGUES epic continues as our heroes’ mission to divert the IMPERIAL FLEET spins out of control! On K43, the Rock Elders probe THREEPIO’S memories – and allegiances! Could a droid have more in common with a rock monster than a human? On Lanz Carpo, a rogue takes a fall and a princess fights a vigilante. And on Kalakan, LUKE robs a bank. Wait, LUKE ROBS A BANK???
This story arc has been the tale of three cities. Luke on a desert planet with a ‘force-sensitive’ individual; Han and Leia playing the political game and C-3PO and Chewbacca off to blow up a planet. All the sort of thing you’d expect from Star Wars but a little jumbled up. Before this issue, the Luke story line has held the most interest for me, yet this comic has a few changes in store…
The Luke story arc was so in keeping with that Original Trilogy feel that I couldn’t help but love it. This issue, Pak moves away from it a little and dedicates far more time to the Threepio storyline. As the weakest of the plots so far, I wouldn’t have thought this would be a good move, however, Pak does an incredible job. The focus of that Original Trilogy ‘feel’ is very much places with Threepio. And I say Threepio rather than him and Chewbacca, as Pak has Threepio play solo for this issue. It works great, you get that A New Hope feel and Threepio comes into his own… Pak writes the character to perfection, his worries, the way he speaks, and doesn’t fall into the prequel trap of making him the joke character. We also get flashbacks of A New Hope, which although we know the film inside and out, still adds something a little extra to the story.
I said last week that this plot looked far more exciting because of Vader’s appearance. I did want to see a lot more of the dark lord this issue, yet Pak, and I have to say rightfully so, keeps Vader out of sight for all but the last panel. He tantalises us with a glimpse and then it is on to another storyline. It is infuriating and yet so well done that I have to applaud Pak for using Vader so effectively!
The story then moves onto Han and Leia. Although Han has seen Leia fight, it’s never been quite like this and his reaction is perfect. You get the impression that Han is seeing her in a completely new light. The one part where I felt this part of the story falls down slightly is Leia being so adamant that the Rebellion comes first, even before the people. After the last story arc, I would have thought that her feelings might be a bit different. She doesn’t back down by the end, and I’m glad that there wasn’t too much of a focus on it.
The final part focused on Luke and Warba. I said last week that she must be a con artist and I think now it is all but confirmed. Setting this groundwork will hopefully make for a very explosive ending when Luke realises the truth. I did like how the force motto that was first introduced to us by Chirrut in Rogue One is back, it should be. Hearing Luke utter it linked the two beautifully with amazing results for Skywalker. As with the Han and Leia part, you can tell that Pak has had to draw back from these two arcs to provide more focus for Threepio.
If you had told me I would be enjoying the Threepio arc as much as I am, I would never have believed you. Pak has done a great job at putting more of a focus on it this issue and it certainly pays off. Not only that, but his use of Vader is exceptional, so much so, that I’m not entirely sure how much of Vader we’re actually going to see in this arc (and I think that just might be a good thing). The other two arcs do suffer but I don’t think there is any way around that. They are not bad, but they are far weaker than they previously have been. That said, I really enjoyed reading the comic, the whole comic and am now appreciating all the arcs, so a bit of time away from Luke, Han and Leia is not a bad thing in this context. I can’t wait to see what is in store next or what Pak has planned next…
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