Enjoyable story, though it seems more like setup than anything
else. The artwork wasn't as detailed as I've seen before, and some
far shots seemed like simple outlines.
There are two major disguises here. Winter dresses up like
Leia, and gets kidnapped, and Soontir Fel pretends to be an undercover
Imperial agent a couple of times.
The story opens with the usual battle, where Rogue Squadron happens
upon a pirate attack. It's a good way to open up the book, but I
hate coming into a battle like this without warning. They chase the
pirates away, of course, and get assigned to accompany Leia to the planet
where former Rogue Plourr governs.
Tycho is smitten by Winter, whom he met, I believe, back in Battleground
Tatooine. He asks Leia about the woman, which prompts her to
use him as her decoy. As Tycho and Winter are kissing, they are kidnapped
by people under the control of Leonia Tavira. While imprisoned, they
grow closer together. And after they escape, they are bound by many
I found Winter to seem much less capable than she is presented
in later books, especially Heir to the Empire,
where she was originally introduced. Of course, that was the first
Star Wars book in recent times, so there can be no mention of her romance
with Tycho, but they are married in I, Jedi, so
this is a good start. Tavira is also the major enemy in that book,
and it is a great way to show how young and devious she can be. She
is drawn like a teenager!
Leia, meanwhile, sets off with the rest of Rogue Squadron, to
meet with the head of the Empire, Pestage. This man fears for his
life, and the Empire, because of Ysanne Isard, who seems to be the true
power behind the Imperial leadership. They agree to terms, and that
is when Tycho and Winter escape their cell. It turns out that those
two were being held right on the planet where Leia is meeting Pestage.
Rogue Squadron rescues them from the pursuing pirates (who happen
to be the ones from the earlier battle), with some help from Han and Fel.
Han didn't know that Winter was a decoy, and thought that Leia had
been kidnapped. He followed the trail right to her.
Meanwhile, Isard has sent a Star Destroyer to pick up Tavira
and Leia. Fel pretends he is a spy, and tells the Captain that he
is interfering with a covert operation, and should leave. Pestage
is by then on the Destroyer (somehow -I felt I missed that), and confirms
Fel's spy status, only to return home to Coruscant and be told that Fel
has turned to the Rebellion.
It doesn't matter, though, because he plans to leave Coruscant
defenseless when the New Republic attacks. They will quickly take
over the seat of Imperial government, and he will be granted a few planets
of his own in return.
I have a feeling that this will come to a head in the next couple
of comic stories, but I doubt it will end as they expect. The novels
indicate that Coruscant will not fall easily, but we will see.
The artwork was simple, too, though Winter was drawn nicely!
The rest of the group looked much too young, but if I hadn't seen the movies,
I liked their representations. I am also undecided on the new TIE
fighters, which seem like a cross between a TIE and a Y-Wing.
All in all, this was a pretty good outing. The politics
are getting complex, which is hard to do in a comic. There is still
a lot of action, which is good. And the story is moving ahead quite
rapidly. There is more continuity now than there was in the first
comics. I expect, if they continue this series beyond the fall of
Coruscant (which will perhaps overlap with the novels?), that the stories
will become more isolated again after that.