Kanos meets the local New Republic who disagree on whether to trust him, while Jax discovers his whereabouts.
Local Imperials launch an attack on the rebel base.
I expected that focusing on Kir Kanos would be help this story. Where issue #2
showcases Kanos, it's not a bad book. He isn't as interesting as Baron Fel (in
the XWing series), but he's got his own brand of appealing motivation. The
flashback sequence (the weakest point of #1) was also a marked improvement.
The problem is that everything else about the book is a disaster.
We know that Jax is a master in hand-to-hand combat and that people are afraid
of him... but I just don't see why he has any power. Even the greatest secret
service agent wouldn't be able to seize control of the senate and command the
army. It's clear from the flashback that the Royal Guard were trained for
loyalty and submission... not ambition and free thinking. Does this guy have
some power in the Force that I'm not aware of? So far we've got a bureaucrat
hunting down a former co-worker who knows a secret.
I find the dialog to be unimaginative and shallow. (It doesn't help that it
came out the same day as LC#3 and XWing#27 for direct comparison...)
The art is this book is not growing on me. The giant eyes and exclusive use
45, 90 and 180 degree camera angles. The faces don't advance the story, they
simply tell us who's talking.
The first picture of Mirith Sinn (a last name in the fine tradition of Solo
and Skywalker?) gave me an impression of the character. All of her dialog for
the rest of the issue tries to contradict the image I was given. The caring,
local head of the New Republic shouldn't be wearing a superhero costume. Her
character reminded me why I stopped buying Catwoman.
I'm not sure if Sadeet is supposed to be a Trandoshan, but this is perhaps the
least original alien I've seen in a while. I've seen him before... wrestling
Captain Kirk, eating mice in "V" (along with Mirith as 'Diana') and his larger
cousin walking through Tokyo. (Did he have to be green?)
The work on color was marvelous once again, but it's wasted here.
Mike Hansen's question in the lettercol makes me worry that a negative
reaction to this title will be a vote against titles without the main movie
heroes. I think that a focus on other characters is wonderful... but no idea
can be carried out with poor writing and poor art.
4/10. Not recommended.