Story: Charles Soule
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
What They Say:
The Rebel Alliance is in crisis! With their supply lines in jeopardy due to unfulfilled promises from Crimson Dawn, General Leia Organa knows it is just a matter of time before the Rebels run out of crucial supplies. Fortunately, Amilyn Holdo has a solution…a hunt for a vast hoard of fuel thought lost for centuries. It’s time…for a treasure hunt!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
We’ve had some good stories in this run lately and this new installment takes us to a pretty fun place with a character I really like. With the expectation of big changes going into next year for the comics side of this franchise, we’re inching ever closer to events of Return of the Jedi. Once again, Charles Soule does a solid job as always but it’s definitely interesting going into this after watching the first half of Andor and wanting to feel more of that kind of property than the kind of lighter touch here. This issue has Ramon Rosana on board for the artwork again, and his presence overall works well with it. There’s usually some solid consistency in the Star Wars artists overall for the “house” style that we get and.Rosanas gets that easily while still keeping their own particular take on things mixed into it, giving it an appealing look overall.
With some storylines sort of wrapped up recently, this issue starts us on a new smaller arc that plays with the main characters well. With things as busy as they are, some downtime is always key but not everyone can get away for an actual vacation amid a war. Which is why Holdo makes it a bit of a work trip for her and Leia while also bringing along Luke, Lando, Chewie, and Lobot for the ride. She’s using a luxury residence of a friend to get in on an auction happening in the area but also just getting time for her and Leia to unwind a bit. Holdo was one of my favorite new characters introduced in a Leia novel several years ago and we saw her in The Last Jedi in a great way. The in-between is ripe for stories and this one gives us a really fun kind of free-wheeling character that you can imagine Leia having as a friend when she was younger as we saw previously.
The gist of the mission is to acquire a Nihil ship that’s being auctioned but more specifically for some data inside of it. There’s fun in trying to get the ship when an Imperial curator is doing the same, but it comes down to Holdo wanting it because she thinks it can lead to a legendary missing fuel convoy that’s essentially a ghost story. The Rebellion needs more supplies as Crimson Dawn isn’t following through well due to their own issues so it’s a wild goose chase that Holdo hopes will pay off. But even if it doesn’t, she gets Leia to have some fun and downtime, which makes it worthwhile. It’s fun to watch this group together and some of the light jokes along the way, but it’s also enjoyable to have another tag to the High Republic era while also noting that some of the things that happened back then were just crazy and hard to believe. Even as bad as this era is with the Empire, the view of the past with its chaos does stand out.
I’ve got a love/frustrated relationship with the Star Wars books, and that was before Andor hit, and this installment is one that works well with what it does. I’m glad to see Holdo show up because I really like the character based on my experience with the novel version and placing her within this period, in a limited wy, is good. I also like seeing the others outside of their normal situations and just seeing Lando having some fun but also being key to stopping the team from making mistakes. It’s a good read that doesn’t feel rushed while playing with a lot of different things. The dialogue is fun and snappy while the artwork looks great and covers a lot of ground well. I’m definitely curious to see how far it’ll go with the pieces of history being brought in and whether it gets too weird or not, something Star Wars leans into in a bad way from time to time.
Age Rating: 9+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 2nd, 2022