Rogue Squadron and the Falcon step in to save Tycho and Winter. Pestage learns the Fel is
with the rebels.
The story begins with a six page conclusion to the dog fight started in the
last issue. While I acknowledge that the banter and strategy of the battle is
the scripter's responsibility, I'm going to defer discussion to the art
Next we get about eight pages of the entire cast of rebels reunited in a
hanger. This was too long. The information shared between characters is not
news to the reader. The various reunions really didn't lend any new insights
into the characters involved. The Tycho-Winter and Fel-Wedge scenes failed to
live up to the emotion that could have been present... perhaps because they
were both predictable and a long time in coming. A few interesting lines of
background chatter didn't save the scene. It should have been shorter and left
more to the imagination.
We've seen Fel use an AT3 directive before. I realize that the plot point was
to reveal to Pestage that Fel is with the rebels, but I still felt I'd seen
this one before. I never got the feeling that Fel might actually mean the
words he's saying as I did last time. The TIE capture might have been better
served with fewer panels of planning and preparation.
I think I enjoyed it better when Isaard and Pestage weren't openly hostile
toward each other. I found the deceit to be more interesting, but I guess I'll
give this a "wait-and-see".
To sum up, I didn't find the writing here to be of the caliber I've come to
expect with this title. I found it drawn out and generally devoid of any new
ideas. The whole thing felt like filler. Sometimes less is more.
With a title like X-Wing, one expects some cool dogfights. The one to start
this issue really disappoints. When the panel has no background, it feels
empty. When it has buildings, they either add nothing or take away from the
ships. I don't feel a sense of motion. There is no depth. Everything feels
linear, which is what the films' dogfights tried to avoid. It feels like the
angle of every ship is off. My apologies to Johnson on this rant, but the
space action was very central to this issue and the poor technical art really
pulled down my enjoyment of this issue. (NOTE: John Nadeau will be rejoining
the title for issues #33-35 just to work on technical issues. Yay!)
The style of the characters is still enjoyable in general (except for
Chewbacca... who now looks like a bald man with a big beard), but the novelty
is starting to wear off and the style might be a little light for the subject
matter at hand.
This is the weak link in what has been a strong chain. For a change, the poor
technical art and cartoony characters were not saved by strong plot nor strong
characterization. In hindsight, "Masquerade" would have been better told as a
three issue arc combining #3 and #4 into one issue. This didn't hold my
interest, even after a long comic-starved June.
5/10. Not recommended.