The Rogues return to base from a scan of Brentaal IV where they share horror
stories about the fighting prowess of Baron Fel, former instructor of Hobbie
On Brentaal, inept leader Isoto lounges in the lap of luxury and tries to get
the uptight Fel to loosen up while urging him to protect his personal
interests once the fighting starts.
As the Rogues take on the skilled 181st, Janson and Ib are shot down. The
Rogues take Oradin (because Isoto recalls the troups prematurely), but are
reluctantly forced to withdraw on orders from Akbar. Janson and Ib are
Isard convinces Sate Pestage to keep Isoto in charge in order to discredit his
enemies within the Empire. Meanwhile, in the hall these supposed supporters
are crying for Isoto's removal. Isard is playing both sides against each
More than any other SW comic series (excluding novel adaptations) this series'
characters have depth.
The Imperial Baron Fel is most fascinating. He has character and honor to
burn. He's faithfully married, a master tactician, respectful and loyal to
clearly less-competant superiors. When someone suggests that the Emperor-want-
to-bes aren't worthy of following, Fel replies "The Empire, OUR Empire, is
tasked with saving our citizens. We work for the people of Brentaal IV." This
man is a hero.
This Isard is a first class manipulator... my favorite kind of villian. This
is the kind of bad guy I expect to see in the prequels.
Akbar's moving from master tactician from ROTJ to the politician in Zahn's
Koyi Komad, a female Twi'lek technician, is only in a few panels... but I
think she's going to be a great addition to the cast.
The pencils aren't quite as consistant as last issue, but some panels are
marvelous. Nadeaus' color work during the space battles (explosions, lasers,
sunsets and exhaust) is great stuff!
This is one of those rare comic series that gets away with making the action
secondary and focusing on interesting characters.
9/10. Highly recommended.