Story: Haden Blackman Art: Tom?s Giorello Coloring: Michael Atiyeh Lettering: Michael David Thomas Cover: Gary Erskine Released: 11/02/2005
Reviewed by: JF Boivin (12/18/2005)
It is now two weeks after the Battle of Endor, and Rogue Squadron is caught up in an Imperial attack on the civilians of Coronet on Corellia. The Imperial forces, led by General Weir and composed mainly of speeder bikes and AT-STs, suddenly stop their attack after Luke Skywalker was spotted among the populace. General Weir leaves the scene, but is given chase by one of the Rebels, Ten Numb. Luke, Wedge and Janson follow laterbut arrive too late to save Ten. Even when Tycho brings the Rogues' starfighters, a diversion by drone TIE fighters allows the General to escape with his prisoner.
We are introduced to the pilots doing various clean up duties on the moon of Endor. Ten Nunb is extinguishing forest fires aboard a B-wing; Tycho and Wes encounter a gorax while investigating rumors of an Imperial patrol (fans will remember the gorax from the movie The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage); and Wedge is pulling TIE wrecks out of the sky with a Y-wing. Then they all talk about the state of the galaxy and find themselves on Corellia as part of a major reconnaissance missions of all major sectors. They are suddenly attacked by Storm Commandos (again, Blackman shows that he knows his stuff) and an oncoming assault group of AT-STs and speeder bikes. A simple plot, but this is what we like about these stories. Can't wait to read the rest.
Giorello most recently did the art on Empire #20-21 "A Little Piece of Home," as well as several Clone Wars issues of Republic andSomehow, the art reminds me of Ken Steacy's style. But I really love the gorax and the Storm Commandos. They look amazing.
Aside from the story in Tales #23, there hasn't been a story about Rogue Squadron in over seven years. So a return to that time period is most welcome.