Jax arrives on Phaeda. Merkon's role as a spy is exposed. Jax captures Mirith and launches an attack on the Rebels.
How's this for a Star Wars story idea: An Imperial leader captures a female
leader of the Rebel Alliance. He has her tortured to get information. When she
shows resistance to the torture, he instead threatens to destroy her planet.
When this produces information... destroy the world anyway. Later, let her go
and follow her to reveal the real location of the rebel base.
Sounds good, right? Well this time it's not 'A New Hope'. Let me tell you...
Mirith Sinn is no Leia Organa and Jax is certainly no Tarkin.
I understand that Lucas himself originally reused plot devices with the second
Death Star and has been quoted to the effect that Star Wars is like a symphony
with recurring themes... but this issue is the perfect example of the kind of
unoriginality that has plagued this whole title.
Of course, it doesn't help that the most interesting character -- Kir Kanos --
is completely absent.
The bright light is that the art has improved. I don't think I'll ever care
for the style, but the poses are more creative and varied and camera angles
other than 90 and 45 degrees have been adopted. I must say that the technology
is very well done and the coloring remains strong.
Complaints about wardrobe and alien species design still stand, but one can
hardly expect these things to change mid-series.
Is it just me, or are two panels on the bottom of page 15 copied and pasted
exactly right beside each other??
Reverse of last issue... art is looking up, story is uncomplicated and
unoriginal. 5/10. Not recommended.