First off, if you don't remember my review of 1-3, I gave it a 7 mainly
because of nice color work and Stackpole's obvious intelligence. I didn't get
into the book much, but...
The Bothan commander Girov walks in on the Imp tech (now Sith master) who
holds Dllr captive. It turns out Girov himself has been mastering Sith power
and overpowers the Devoronian to takeover rule of the native beasts.
The Rogues and remaining Bothans reluctantly team up to attack Girov, without
Herian who sustained a brain injury from the last attack. The attack is much
harder than expected as Girov is orchestrating the defense through the dark
side of the Force (as the Emperor did, and Zahn's cloned Jedi master). In
order to distract him, the barely alive Dllr telepathically leads Herian to
the Sith temple where she launches her torpedoes... blowing it, Girov, Dllr
and herself to bits.
Let me tell you what, issue 4 completely changed my mind on this one. There
were many fantastic story hilites.. the fact that 2 main characters died
(let's see that in Trek... and not have them revived), the cost to the Rogues,
the alliance meeting with Wedge and the Bothan. A secondary favorite was the
uneasy conversation between a Quarren and a Calamari (whose race relations
makes this a deeper universe).
The characters were drawn to the same high standard as the previous issues.
For 1-3 I rightfully criticized the weak technology (especially TIEs, of all
things). All complaints are gone here... the ships all look great.
In fact there are some very memorable pictures here... the cover, the last
page with the "Spirit of" Dllr and Herian, but best of all is the two page
temple explosion shot. Now THAT's what SW comics are about!!!
The best X-Wing comic I've read. Art and story, both great. (Too bad you need
#1-3 to get the story.)