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SPOILER Jelena’s Review of Star Wars #21

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    “The Last Flight of the Harbinger” STARTS NOW!

    • Sgt. Kreel is back with an all-new squad of stormtroopers!
    • Go inside the minds of an elite group of Imperial soldiers!
    • Join incoming artist Jorge Molina for a walk on the dark side!

    Writen by Jason Aaron
    Art by Jorge Molina
    Colors by Matt Milla
    Cover Art by David Aja

    For the first time since Marvel started its new Star Wars run, we are given the arc from the Imperial point of view namely Scar Squadron a.k.a. Task Force 99 led by our old acquaintance Sergeant Kreel from the arc Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon when he worked undercover as Gamemaster and acted as Luke’s lightsaber teacher. We know that he answers directly to Darth Vader.

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    Gamemaster and Luke, Star Wars #10

    The issue serves both as a set up for the new arc and the backstory for Kreel. As the Imperial forces pursue the Rebel ship, we learn that Kreel was born on Chagar IX run by criminal organization. The life revolved around the fighting pits in which the poor people fought and died, including Kreel’s father. He expected that to be his entire life, until the Empire came and brought peace and order to Chagar.


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    Kreel’s squad pursues Rebels to an abandoned moon. It is interesting to see Rebels from their perspective. They consider them terrorists. It was especially funny what these elite stormtroopers think of Rebel soldiers, considering the history. They certainly don’t have a standard equipment.

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    We learn that after Nar Shaddaa Kreel was offered to choose any assignment he wanted and he chose hunting rebels with the Scar Squadron. He is still new to his men who don’t know anything about his past and wait for him to prove himself or die. Of course, the former Gamemaster has a few aces up his sleeve.

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    Kreel’s squad kills most of the Rebels and captures an important prisoner – Admiral Sitrep, from which they plan to extract the information.

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    This is a very interesting issue though it doesn’t offer much of the story. It certainly continues the trend of the new timeline to give us a behind-the-curtain look at the workings of the Empire, especially at those who serve it with such loyalty. It seems that Kreel’s story is similar to that of Rae Sloane: the world strangled by tycoons to which Empire brings peace, order and even hope.

    Additionally, Kreel’s squad is not made of your ordinary (read: useless) bucketheads. These are all specialists in their respective fields and war veterans who, even in fewer numbers, easily deal with untrained Rebels. Aaron also gives us a typical soldier’s banter among them – among men who were fighting together for a long time. In spite of never seeing their faces, you get that there are personalities behind them, they even talk back at Kreel and question his actions – something your ordinary stormtrooper would never do.

    Molina’s art does well in capturing those personalities in armor details and design and manages to show us that Scar Squad is a genuine threat. According to Marvel’s editors, their design was inspired by the Bad Batch, never aired episodes of The Clone Wars. It’s not easy to make that recognizable armor seem dynamic and movements swift, but Molina does a great job. It also helps that he portrays the Rebels exactly how the Empire sees them – as a bunch of scruffy-looking nerf herders. Matt Milla’s prevailing purples and oranges perfectly compliment Molina’s depiction of this desolate moon.

    Now that they established this group of Imperial badasses, I am really looking forward to reading more about them and especially about Kreel. I am curious to see how our heroes get out of this one because it seems that they will be in the thick of it.



    NEXT ISSUE:

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    The Star Destroyer Harbinger, a massive weapon of Imperial war.

    Also the target of the rebels’ new top-secret plan.

    Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa for “The Last Flight of the Harbinger”!
     
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    Think this might be THE STAR WARS COMIC i've been waiting for, it was Good, very Good.
     
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    Great review @LadyMusashi ! Just realised today was a double comic issue!

    Actually enjoyed this one. From seeing the stormtroopers as a faceless crowd of disposable soldiers, this issue gives us a good perspective from one of the elite squadrons.

    And from what we learn about Kreel, the Gamemaster, he seems totally like an anti-Finn from his perspective about being part of the stormtroopers - maybe because it is different to want to belong to something based on your background and origins than not knowing where you come from and choosing not to follow a path you have been imposed.

    In some way, this background took me to this part of TPM where Padme realises her perfect view of a fair Republic was not a standard for all the systems in the galaxy, when she finds out there is slavery in Tatooine, a Outer Rim planet controlled by the Hutts. We all know things didn't change for Tatooine that much with the rise of the Empire, but for some planets - like Chagar IX - it seems like they did.

    It also reminded me of the beginning of Lost Stars, where everything starts with the arrival of the Empire to Jelucan and how is perceived by its people, especially by Cienna Ree.

    When the Gamemaster recounts the story of his only friend, Izak Ansio, and he mentions he was a farmer boy that wanted to see the galaxy, I couldn't help to think of Luke Skywalker. A similar case, a different destiny. He was maybe more like a Biggs Darklighter type.

    "Freedom means law. Freedom means order. All the Rebels want is chaos."

    A scandalous part of me wishes the Rebel side still has someone as ruthless as Eneb Ray to face this squadron and their black/white perspective about the Rebel Alliance. And something tells me the end of the previous series - Rebel Jail - was not the last we saw of him.

    Especially with that "The Empire gave my people jobs. They gave us a purpose. They gave us peace."

    It is interesting how the Story Group is portraying a really good deal of different perspectives, like the one pro-Empire from Rae Sloane, Cienna Ree and Sergeant Kreel versus the contradicting one from Ransolm Casterfo in "Bloodline". He despised Palpatine and Vader's Empire, but not the government system itself.

    I see them as a combination of the Braavosi Faceless Men (especially when one of the Rebels yells "Death to the Empire!" and one of the troopers reply: "NOT TODAY!") and somehow a Suicide Squad lol.

    Lol.

    Oh yeah. Definitely looking forward to see them face this squadron!
     
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    This review makes me wish I'd bought the issue when I was at the comic shop this afternoon.

    Oh well, maybe next month.
     
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    Debated reading this one, but I am glad I did. I loved this issue!!!! Sounds like the beginning of a great story line.
     
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    Does this mean that canonically, the 501st didn't continue to be composed of clones under Vader?
     
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    Solid, fun issue. Seemed like the type of story they put in an annual. Setting us up for something good, I hope. 8/10
     
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