Rogue Squadron arrives to thwart the Imperial attack. Jax chases Kanos to Yinchorr, the
planet of their first meeting.
When we last left this series, I was shuddering in my chair imagining the
potential damage that could be done by dragging the Rogue Squadron into this
In what started a trend for this issue... it wasn't as bad as I had imagined.
The appearance is brief and cameo-like and can safely be ignored by all future
X-Wing projects. (Pilots names are completely left out to help ensure this.)
While I certainly can't claim to be chief of the continuity police, the fact
that they're in B-Wings and E-Wings bothers me here. I think that Wedge's post
on Lusankya can be worked out in the timeline, but it doesn't feel natural.
From here, I actually found myself enjoying Kanos' Trojan Horse trick in that
it at least made me feel Jax has more than his outfit going for him. I also
enjoyed the assault on Kanos sequence as a way to get the reader to like the
protagonist (though in subsequent readings I decided a several page reprieve
from lame dialog was the big plus).
Unfortunately, the last pages reminded me that I've known the story for issue
#6 after reading a few panels of issue #0.
Overall, I do not care for the art in this series. The style is simply not to
my liking and I don't think anything can be done about it. You can see my past
reviews for specific complaints.
However, because this issue is an improvement over previous issues... I'll let
you know of a few things that were done well. Gulacy does a wonderful job of
drawing Star Destroyers (though the Alliance symbols seemed pretty cheesy), as
well as Imperial Shuttles to a slightly lesser extent. The color work on the
starfields, planets and fire effects are great.
The only new problems were Wedge's likeness to Denis Lawson (to be fair, this
is clearly not a priority of the art team) and the use of pilot's uniforms for
the Stormtroopers attacking Kanos. (I assume this was a choice made for more
interesting visuals rather than to imply that they sent in TIE pilots for hand
to hand combat.)
Does anyone else find it suspicious that we're five issues in and no letters
have been printed about issue #2 or later? The natural answer is that
deadlines didn't allow it and that the #0 issues needed to be covered. While
that's reasonable, it's seeming more and more likely to me that there simply
isn't that much rosy glowing mail about the most recent issues.
While I can't recommend it, it's an improvement over previous installments.