By: Cynthia Ayala
A new week of reviews. The launch of this week’s reviews focuses over two fan favorite series: Star Wars and Firefly. Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 focuses on the Rebel alliances, following the perspective of the a rebel recruit as a usage to develop Han Solo not as a Rebel but as a man who has a purpose he is willing to die for and Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4 that continues the story split into two aspects, of Zoe’s imprisonment and Mal’s determination and lengths he is willing to go through in order to save his friends and others like River. Mal is a man who seeks not only to undermine the Alliance but to do the right thing by the Universe.
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1
Part 1 (of 4)
A young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. However, things don’t go exactly as planned…or do they. The narrative follows the young man as he tries his best to be a part of the rebel alliance fighting and flying alongside his hero. But the young man soon learns the truth about Han Solo, that this is all glory, that he has no regard for life.
This rebel has the plainest narrative, has no real idea of how things work in the rebellion and proved himself to be nothing more than a kid who wants to be seen, a kid who thinks he’s better than Han Solo himself.
An overall decent issue that focuses on the rebel forces and the training protocols that the rebels used to introduced and train new recruits, which tested their skill, their strength and willingness to trust others and keep the secrets for the rebels. This recruit fails everything. His narrative reveals his true colors and shows how weak he is as a character, how untrustworthy he is. His narrative fails to captivate and fails to hold the series together.
However, Han Solo makes the issue worth it. This issue delves deeper into the Han Solo character, capturing his persona and showing readers what the recruit sees, what makes Han Solo so captivating to readers and how he has changed from his initial conception in Episode IV: A New Hope. That ending seen however reveals how very human and vulnerable his character is, as well as his strength of character. It leaves readers with the proper hook and incentive to continue buying this series.
SCRIPT: M. KINDT
PENCILLER: M. CASTIELLO
INKERS: D. PARSON
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4
With help from the New Resistance, Mal and Serenity‘s crew are crashing the secret Alliance facility from which River was rescued. She is certain they need to go there, aware that there are others like her hidden deep within. Meanwhile, Zoe is in Alliance custody where she discovers that there is more immediate danger from fellow prisoners than anyone else. Trapped on a harsh planet where Terraforming never took Zoe is determined to survive and escape.
Fans of Firefly are going to love this series. It picks up nine months after the film, summing up events of the film perfectly and bringing back all the characters – still living – back to the fans. Zoe had a baby but her condition called for more drastic measures, immediate medical attention that has led to her imprisonment by the Alliance.
This has led to Mal seeking help from the man who chased them across the galaxy, the operative who killed their friend. But for Zoe, Mal will go through hell. This issue really captured Mal’s determination and River’s strength as they go forward to save the girls who were experimented on in such a way that have left them all twisted, but not fractured like River. Facing off against these girls, River has finally been something to fear.
The issue has a lot of tension within it, allowing the narrative to grow the plot and hook the reader inside it. Each character also exudes a lot of strength, not just in dialogue but also in the artistry within the series. The artwork captures the expressions perfectly really resonate the direness of the situation that the characters have found themselves in. The ending frame as well is gripping. It’s one word, voiced by River, telling everyone to run. The fear within her eyes, it shows the readers that something dreadful is about to happen.
A worthy series to continue the work created by Joss Whedon.
SCRIPT: Z. WHEDON
PENCILLERS: G. JEANTY
INKER: K. STORY