Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Angel Unzueta
Colors: Guru e-FX
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
What They Say:
“THE ESCAPE” PART FIVE! You can escape the horror of the galaxy. But only for a while. The return of SCAR SQUADRON.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The penultimate part of this arc finally gives us the basic confirmation we were looking for and expecting and it helps to give this whole thing a bit more meaning. I continue to enjoy what Kieron Gillen is doing in the Star Wars comics overall and since coming onto the main book. But at the same time I’m just a little more than done with Scar Squadron as they haven’t won me over and I do wish we had some shorter arcs or more one-off adventures. This one has worked well with Angel Unzueta handling the artwork as the characters look good and this world, in particular, has been given some nice definition. Now that things are wrapping up it feels like it has even more energy to it.
The arrival of Scar Squadron has set things fully in motion beyond what the Thane was orchestrating here, which is good since we needed to hit this point. Kreel’s face-off with Luke was amusing in that he’s ready to really show this kid what it means to fight with a sword, but thankfully Luke has grown a bit since then and picked up a few skills. But the reality here is that there’s a big plan that’s launching where Thane’s daughter gives Luke the clues on how to handle the duel, namely by fighting briefly and then bolting to a whispered location to meet later. That breaks up Scar Squadron with one remaining behind while Thane heads off with the rest of them to hunt down Luke. Solid plan,considering Luke has broken the rules of this place and Thane’s family.
The reality, as we learn when Luke meets the Thane later, is that he’s been testing Luke and the others since they arrived in regards to the quality of the Rebellion. That they did work for the Empire before is an issue, but they were hired hands who, now that the Death Star was revealed, has altered the view of many. Honestly, they should have aligned with the Rebellion once they saw what happened to Alderaan but the reality is that everyone reacts in different ways. That all of this proved to be a test isn’t a bad thing and I really liked the way that the whole place had a plan ready to go into motion someday, abandoning the whole moon in order to get back to being involved in the affairs of the galaxy. How that’ll play out from here has me hopeful it’s more than just this arc but also a look at the greater use of this family and its people.
This arc was welcome to some degree to take the core group out of the larger affairs for a bit after the way so much of the fleet was destroyed. Taking some time to get back into the characters in a smaller setting was welcome and I like the bigger idea behind what’s going on here now that it’s fully out there and realized. But I do wonder if some one-off adventures would have worked better before going into this arc from a different angle as the successive six-issue arcs are wearing down a bit as it feels less like storytelling for story and more for trade.
Age Rating: All Ages
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: January 23rd, 2019