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Star Wars: Age Of Resistance – Finn #1 Review

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Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Creative Staff:
Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Colors: GURU e-FX
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

What They Say:
A LITTLE REBELLION! Before he was a rebel hero, FINN had another calling. He was…a janitor. But how could this lead FN-2187 to question everything? How much action can someone see mopping floors and dealing with a pest problem? It turns out, a whole lot.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With a lot of good books in the Age of the Republic and the Age of Rebellion, I’ll admit to being wary about the Age of Resistance as it hasn’t been mined much and what has come out hasn’t been to my liking for the most part. What gave me some faith is knowing Tom Taylor is very good at his job and I’ve enjoyed a lot of his writing. This book works Finn about right though I don’t think it quite works with the accidental humor but it likely does capture the film version well. Ramon Rosanas also helps ease us into this as there’s a really good sense of design about everything and I really liked the way that he brought the movement of Finn to life early on in doing the janitorial work as it had a certain authenticity to it that Finn needed. I’m not exactly a fan of this part of the character’s background in the film overall since it was played for humor but it’s used effectively here visually and with the script.

Focusing on the time before The Force Awakens, we get to see Finn as FN-2187 during his janitorial period. He’s a little bit lighter in how he deals with things, comical in swinging a mop while cleaning and wondering what the right way to hold it when Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma are seen approaching him and his fellow trooper on janitor duty. Naturally, he’s caught the eye of Phasma who sends him further down the ranks to do some dirty work in sanitation and we see him being even more awkward here with the on-duty commander as he’s just asking too many questions. It’s an amusing job that he’s been assigned to with a group of others to go down a tunnel that’s lost power and deal with whatever creature is in there causing problems. A creature, mind you, that has sliced other troopers’ heads off.

The sequence is really good as Rosanas captures the craziness of the situation just right with the tension and fear and then as it turns to an all-out firefight. And then it turns to Finn using the flamethrower to take down the creatures and go after his commander as well since he was being attacked. The armor is fireproof! It’s got some comical elements to it and it just makes things worse in a fun way for the reader when it comes to Finn, but I like that it keeps him separate longer and allows us to see more of just how different he was from the other troopers and how he used that to help the native species that was in hiding down there. It’s a slow bit as it moves into the finale but again, Rosanas makes it work in a way that I wasn’t expecting and gave it the right kind of warmth, though some may dislike the whole thing about there being other First Order folks that aren’t quite as bad as they may be by simply being in the First Order.

In Summary:
I’m still going to be wary about the Age of Resistance run simply because it’s really uncharted territory outside of the Poe series that was done which I found unreadable. Tom Taylor allays a lot of those fears with this opening installment, but not entirely and mostly because he is capturing some of the tone of the films with it. I do like getting a better look at Finn before The Force Awakens as we get to see just how open he was to being converted to the other side. I just didn’t want it to be all about janitorial and sanitation work. Ramon Rosanas made a very big impression on me here and I hope they’re lining up more Star Wars work in the future as it’s pretty strong stuff here and has the potential to carve out a great creative space in this property.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: July 3rd, 2019
MSRP: $3.99

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