The gang is reunited on Coruscant as Fey'lya launches a political attack against Akbar.
Karrde and Mara begin plans to capture the Katana fleet.
When reading an adaption of something you've already read, the story surprises
are no longer there. The criteria I use to judge such works are their ability
to capture (or improve upon) the feel of the original.
I may change my mind once all six are out, but so far I'm quite happy with the
pacing of the story. Enough story details remain to keep it true to the novel.
Yet, the story keeps up a reasonable comic book pace.
For now, I think I'll save discussion of the story/characters for the novel
Wait... one comment. It seems to me that the Winter character we see here is
different than the Winter featured in Rogue Squadron. I can't put my finger on
exactly how at the moment. Anyone else agree?
The art in the 'Heir to the Empire' comic series was the best art I've ever
seen in any SW comic. The pencils were great and the colors were simply
fantastic. When I heard the creative team was changing, I feared the worst.
While I don't consider the art to be on par with HTTE, it's pretty good.
(Taste in artistic style is, of-course, a personal thing. I'm sure many will
like this one better.)
What pleased me most about the art is that they maintained a reasonable
continuity with the HTTE books. For example, non-film characters like Thrawn,
Mara and Karrde are drawn in Dodson's more-real/less-cartoony style but
maintain the established likeness and wardrobe. (There weren't any Norgi yet,
so we'll have to see if they're still beefed up Kenner-style.)
Another tie-in is the coloring. I've slammed Ms. Rambo on many occasions for
her bland color work in titles like "Tales of the Jedi". In DFR1, however, the
colors are much deeper than her usual work. While the style is very different
than the HTTE coloring (not as good, IMO), the same color sets were used
giving a consistent feel. I particularly like the use of the occasional pure-
white panel background.
The film-established characters are all drawn to look like the actors that
played them. In DFR1, sometimes this works and sometimes this doesn't. A
personal peeve of mine is when a pose is clearly a freeze-frame of a movie
frame (eg: Mon Mothma, pg 14). I've never understood why current pictures of
Harrison, Mark and Carrie aren't used as references rather than the SW films.
I'll also interject that as a Mara Jade fan, I prefer her facial depiction in
HTTE over DFR. In DFR she seems very American, while I'd say HTTE gave her a
more European look. (She's got a great body in both books.)
Overall, I give the comic an 8.5/10. Recommended.