I have a bookcase (not shelf, case) that’s well past full of Star Wars novels. I’ve played the role playing games, had just about all the original run of action figures, and enjoyed the Galaxies online game until they killed it with the big revision later. So, I’m a fan.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
There are a few things you should know before you read this review. I am a huge Star Wars fan. I saw the original in the theaters, way back when, something like twenty times. I have an entire bookcase of just Star Wars novels. I’ve played several versions of the role playing games, and both Galaxies and Old Republic. I’m enjoying the current Marvel Comics series. So I was really excited about Rogue One.
The brave Rebel Alliance and the tyrannical Empire clash in their seemingly endless war. Everyone knows the two sides and what they stand for. But what about other people? No war has everyone take one side or the other. This annual tells the story of Pash Davane, a large and powerful laborer nicknamed Bash. Her planet, Skoril-Lei has been harshly damaged by the Galactic Civil War, and all she sees is death and destruction on both sides.
I’ve heard it said many times that no one is the villain in their own story. Stormtroopers in the Star Wars Universe are generally generic bad guys, even something of a joke. “Shooting like a stormtrooper” is something I’ve heard geeks say when someone fires a lot of shots and hits nothing. This issue, Jason Aaron does his best to dispel all that.
A good bit of the last arc was Luke running around trying to find Ben Kenobi’s journal. He found it eventually, and will probably get a chance to read it if he ever gets time to catch his breath. Whether or not Luke gets to read it, we get a peek inside this issue as Jason Aaron takes us back to Tatooine for some more detail of Ben’s time in exile.
Whether or not you’re a Star Wars fan, The Force Awakens is a phenomenon. The amount of attention it’s gotten, the publicity, and yes, the excitement from those of us that love the worlds of Star Wars (yep, I’m one) is an amazing thing to watch or, better yet, be part of. This is my spoiler-free review now that I’ve finally gotten to see it.
After dealing with their own various stories, the heroes reunite for some serious chaos on Nal Hutta. After dealing with the bounty hunter Dengar, Han, Chewie, Leia, Threepio, and the ever-annoying Sana all link up to try and find Luke. The young would-be Jedi is a prisoner of Grakkus the Hutt, and is supposed to fight to the death in the arena. Grakkus’ collection of all things Jedi has brought him more attention than he wanted, and another group is crashing the party.
Ever have one of those days where you just can’t catch a break? That seems to be what Han Solo is going through the last few issues. He and Leia’s mission has gone horribly badly. They have been shot at by Imperials, barely made it to the surface of a virtually unknown world, and then been confronted by a bounty hunter. To make it worse for Han, the bounty hunter, Sana, is referring to herself as a Han’s wife. Han disagrees with this, but it’s definitely not improving his relationship with Leia. The relentless pursuit by the Imperials isn’t making anything any better, either.
Our various separated heroes are continuing to have their runs of bad luck On Nar Shadda, Luke has to chase down the thief that made off with his lightsaber. Luke’s chase takes him through a series of good news/bad news adventures. He finally ends up a prisoner of a new foe who has a stunning collection that’s very much of interest to Luke. Unfortunately, his captor intends to add Luke to the collection. It’s not a good day to be an untrained Jedi.