I haven't much cared for previous X-Wing comics, so issue 1 was a surprise.
Issue 2 I allowed myself to accept that something special was going on with
this book. By issue #3, I'm now willing to say that this is the best writing
ever in a SW comic.
The characterization is the strongest point in the book, and guess what? It's
the Imperial characters that are strongest of all. Baron Fel demands our
admiration because of his unwavering morals and commitment to those whom the
Empire ruled, not to the Empire itself. If you were a strongly moral person
working for the legitimate government, wouldn't you see the rebellion as evil?
What would you do once you saw that covernment crumbling from corruption
Major Phennir, the eager Imperial, has become very interesting as well.
This is not to short-change the heros... the New Republic characters are also
becoming very three dimensional. It's just that most SW stories have one super
villian and a bunch of people waiting to die.
Another first for me... I don't have a single complaint about the pencils or
colors. This issue had great visuals throughout. A rare mastery of drawing
both technology and characters.
- use of color to fade items into the background
- the pieced together Stormtrooper uniform
- the unsparing use of glowing holo-imagery
- great ship detail in the hanger
One thing that always amuses me is seemingly obvious warnings... mainly
because most warnings are added to products because someone has done the thing
that they're warning against.
On several pages in this issue, "continued on the third page following" is
printed in the bottom right. I had to laugh as I imagined people reading
along, turning the page and seeing two ads. "Well, I guess that's it for this
month. I wonder why they don't print a letter column anymore?" or perhaps
people were trying to intigrate the ad text into the story somehow.
It may be that I'm just desperate for good SW comics, but I think this series
is great. 10/10... A must read!