As you know, my first impressions weren't great but I'm slowly warming up to
the Rogue series.
A short-handed squadron is on a scouting mission to Brentaal IV where they
come across and defeat a squadron of TIEs. This draws the attention of the new
Emperor (I presume, I could be wrong... he looks like one of the strange
advisors in ROTJ) and Isard (a female Imperial officer in a red uniform with
one red eye). She convinces him of a plan to allow Brentaal and members of the
181st Imperial Fighting Group to be captured by the rebels.
New recruits are added to the squad. After some banter and a briefing by
Akbar, the Rogues head to Brentaal where they destroy the Imperial presence.
Back at the Rebel Base, it is discovered that the "squints" they destroyed are
part of the 181st lead by Baron Fel... the best Imperial pilot alive.
Last, we finally meet the Baron who is angry with Isard for sending his men to
their death, but who vows to destroy Rogue Squadron.
While this is obviously merely a setup for a larger story, it has some nice
elements that has me genuinely enjoying this Rogue series. I really liked the
amount of time spent at the base. It gave me a feel of a good military film
that I haven't felt in the previous issues.
Sometimes references to previous Rogues seems forced, as does some of the in-
flight chatter... but overall the dialog is good.
Nestelle's color work is simply great once again. Nadeau is the first artist
on the series I can give high praise for drawing both technology and
characters. The dogfights are great and the scene with X-Wing flying through
the landing bay is the kind of exciting visual that shows why Star Wars
belongs in comics.
With this praise, I must admit that as a stand alone comic it's not a must-
read, but as part one... it points to wonderful things as a series.
Best line: "Surface impact? You won't be trench-running the next Death Star we