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XWing X-Wing Rogue Squadron #30 [Masquerade (Part 3 of 4)]
Story: Michael A Stackpole
Pencils: Drew Johnson and Jim Hall
Inks: Gary Martin
Colors: Dave Nestelle
Editor: Peet Janes

Summary

Han and Fel follow leads to find the kidnap victims while discussing philosophy. Leia makes a costly agreement with Pestage. Tycho and Winter escape.


EnsViews Comic Review
Reviewed 05/26/98

Story
X-Wing is one of the few titles where characters wrestle with issues more than with each other. I love the dilemma of the choice of freedom for many at the cost of the few. We've seen it before, but it's good to admit that race relations aren't eliminated even within the Alliance.

The best part, however, is the more subtle and interesting conflict and ongoing philosophy discussions between Han and Fel. On the surface, these two have more in common than differences. How does one weigh the merits of loyalty vs being on the right side vs skill vs accepting responsibility? These men have made mistakes that give their characters and edge that Luke and Leia and even Wedge can't really have. I think that's why Fel and Mara Jade are my favorite new characters... they're multidimensional.

There are very few new plot points in this issue. Story-wise I'm sure that a reader could skip #30 and move on to #31 and never really think twice about missed elements. But that's just fine with me every now and again when the writing is this good.

Art
Once again this issue used two pencilers, but you'd be hard pressed to notice if you don't look at the credits. I'm sure that using a single inker and colorist helps maintain the continuity. Hall's Baron Fel is a little beefier, but that's OK he's a strong character. Everyone else is pretty consistent, except...

I've made reference to Johnson's Chewbacca before, but he's a "Wookiee Master" in comparison to Hall's rendition. On the first page Chewie looks like some kind of German Shepherd and in the rest of the panels he looks like a skinny naked man. Too much fur, then not enough. This I could do without.

This style makes the dog-fight scenes seem a little flatter and less exciting, but overall I'm enjoying the style for this arc. Coloring and covers remain great.

Conclusions
I hope this title never loses Stackpole. He can write an issue with virtually any focus. Average art keeps this from being a truly great issue.

8/10. Recommended.

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