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Review: Rebels Regroup In Marvels Star Wars #45

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by SWNN Probe, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    We comic fans are getting ready to go deep under the waves of Mon Cala, especially if you are following Charles Soule's excellent Darth Vader series. Well, Star Wars is no slouch, and as Vader may be going deep sea, the Rebels are dealing with the aftermath of events we have yet to see unfold. Leia Organa is preparing to lead a daring rescue mission to help show the Mon Calamari the Rebel Alliance is worthy of their merchant fleet. First, she has to sell her plan to some familiar faces in the Rebel hierarchy. SPOILERS AHEAD....



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    At the end of the last issue, Han was ready for a drink, and encouraged Luke to join him. Looks like Luke's been on-the-wagon since the events of 'Screaming Citadel' and is just sticking to milk. It's cool to see the mess hall lounge where rebel soldiers are unwinding after whatever perilous mission they just undertook against the Empire. As Luke gets his glass of milk – from a bartender, not a sea cow – someone approaches him from behind to greet him, but the jumpy Jedi-hopeful reflexively throws the person back with the Force. Nothing to worry about, this person is used to flying fast in rough conditions.



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    Wedge Antilles greets his old flying buddy Luke. It turns out there is a tight camaraderie between those pilots who flew in Red Squadron, even though Luke is mostly flying solo or in a trio these days. Han shrugs off the sentimentality of the reunion and uses it as another chance to push an adult beverage on Luke. He still refuses, insisting on milk. All I'm going to say is that if Obi-Wan would have been there he wouldn't have been drinking milk. But if there's a constant in Luke's drink of choice throughout the saga, milk wins.



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    Though Leia is the subject of this frame, your eyes have probably no doubt motioned toward Hera and Zeb from Rebels. I'm just as excited to see these two popping up in such proximity to Leia, now all I want is for them to start interacting with her. No doubt there are big plans for these characters post-Rebels, and I understand they can't just hop aboard the Millennium Falcon or fly alongside these events in the Ghost. I have a feeling us folks missing Rebels will have plenty to tide us over once the stories of these characters pick up, but I'll gladly take the Marvel team throwing us a bone with this cameo. Cameos aside, Leia has some bad news to report in that Mon Cala will not be contributing their fleet to the Rebel Alliance. Though it's discouraging, Leia immediately presents her approach to getting the Mon Cala onboard by freeing their king, Lee-Char, who she's convinced will rally to their cause.



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    Remember this stick in the mud, Davits Draven? Yes, the same man whose contingency plan for Galen Erso's extraction was to murder him, still has a place in the Rebel Alliance high command. Clearly he didn't share the Erso contingency with Mon Mothma, and Draven hasn't changed at all in the small amount of time that's passed since Rogue One. I'm not a fan, but it's nice to see Leia putting this smug military man in his place as he plays contrarian to every aspect of her plan. I can just hear the smug tone in his voice as he addresses her. I'm sure Draven means well, it's just that people with the combination of insufferable and intelligent usually have a hard time hiding the former.



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    Though a Draven fan I am not, he does have a point:  the Rebel Alliance has been trying to extract Lee-Char for some time without success. This is not lost on Leia, as she explains her source (she doesn't share that it's Queen Trios) has been able to tell her what 'ultra-security facility' Lee-Char is being held captive at. It seems the elusiveness of those facilities is what's kept the Rebel Alliance from extracting Lee-Char. Leia has not only the location, but a set of codes that will gain them access. The last obstacle is the bio-signature from the Imperial Off of the Calamari Sector. Breaking through his skepticism, Draven thinks he may be able to help Leia with some intelligence of his own. The dynamic between these two is great, and I like that Leia has the upper hand and is keeping Queen Trios' help a secret.



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    A couple flying buddies of Wedge join the table for drinks and discuss what they've been up to. Sounds like General Hera Syndulla has been keeping the Rebel pilots busy with training exercises, as we've seen in Doctor Aphra. I don't know about you, but I'd feel pretty good having Hera Syndulla in charge of training my pilots. The pilots are preparing for their squadrons to be aboard the Mon Cala cruisers the Rebel Alliance has yet to get and ask when they can expect them, but Han bluffs when they mention it, confident that whatever Leia has planned will get these pilots what they are counting on. The pilots also mention they are Imperial defectors and big fans of Luke. Luke makes a toast, mentioning the names of all the pilots lost at the Battle of Yavin, getting down when he mentions his friend Biggs. These little moments were very cool to see. I love how the Star Wars series is digging deeper into the inner workings of the Rebel Alliance. Twilight CompanyRogue One, Rebels and now this series have done a lot to flesh out how it really wasn't until the Battle of Scarif and Yavin that the Rebel Alliance was fully united. Now, they realize they are a force to be reckoned with, but that their opponent is still a monster of military might and terror.



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    Just as they finish their toast to fallen heroes, Leia beckons them that it's time to head back out into the stars.



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    Dex Acquisitions is where Draven pointed Leia to. An asset at this prison can help them, but the prison seems to be something of weigh station for bounties that catch the Empire's interest to be held until they can pick them up. The person running this station speaks to the asset through cell doors and mentions the Empire is interested in capturing 'as many of your kind as they can find...'. We don't yet see the asset, but the captors taunts are interrupted that a Cookie bounty hunter has one of the most wanted fugitives in the galaxy for him to turn over to the Empire. None other than Princess Leia.



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    Chewbacca has posed as a bounty hunter named Violent Bok to handover Leia, thus getting them into the installation. I wonder if they had a chuckle about this a few years later before she lead him into Jabba's Palace in reversed roles. As soon as the captor's guard is down, Chewbacca takes him out, and Han and Luke enter via a large explosion. Where Leia's method of infiltration is refined and sophisticated, Han just blasts his way through a wall. Now that they are in, they have little time to extract the asset before the rest of the guards from Dex Acquisitions show up.



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    Luke handles opening the cell, Qui-Gonn style. I love how Luke has used whatever skills he has with a lightsaber and the Force and become more of a soldier in the last few issues. During the 'Ashes of Jedha' arc, we saw Luke decide to take a step back and focus on helping his friends and the Rebel Alliance win over the Empire before continuing his quest to find knowledge about the Force and the Jedi. I wonder if that mindset will carry him all the way to the events of The Empire Strikes Back. I hope it does. In my opinion, that adds all the more weight to Obi-Wan appearing before him on Hoth and commanding him to seek out Yoda.



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    Wow, this issue is just tugging at those heart strings. I'm surprised we didn't see little Jacen Syndulla in Hera's arms. So, this isn't Bail Organa and Leia knows it right away. Still, that doesn't take away from the sight of your dead parent sitting in front of you, happy to see you. I can't imagine the emotions this must have triggered in Leia, but like the badass she is, she keeps it together and calls the illusion out.



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    Sure enough, it's a changeling. The poor taste of 'fun' doesn't sit well with Leia, as she punches the creature and then stuns it. Chewbacca puts it over his back and our heroes exit Dex Acquisitions, proceeding to the next phase of their plan: capture the Moff and replace him with the changeling. It should be interesting to see how they convince the changeling to impersonate the Moff, and if the creature is to continue in some capacity as a soldier or spy in the Rebel Alliance.



    Lots to take in visually in this issue, and the plan to rescue King Lee-Char is certainly something I'm looking to see unfold. I'll take Rebels cameos and shoutouts any day, and as I mentioned, it's great to hear that Hera is in charge of getting the Rebel Fleet up to speed. Also, I'm stoked – despite the fact I'm about to make a bunch of assumptions here – that this series' writer Kieron Gillen, Darth Vader writer Charles Soule, and the Lucasfilm Story Group are giving us a complete story about how Mon Cala fell under Imperial control (see the current Darth Vader arc, 'Burning Seas') and how they will eventually join the Rebel Alliance, not to mention the history we already have from the conflict with the Quarren in The Clone Wars. This canon keeps expanding and I am all in! Also, nice art by Salvador Larroca, and if you know me, that wasn't a compliment I hand out lightly.


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    Great review! I agree with most of it - except on Larroca's art. He is not worthy of Gillen's writing.

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    What have you done with Luke, Larroca?!

    I am enjoying the expanding synergy of SW canon. This issue alone gave us connections with everything: prequels, The Clone Wars, Rogue One, Rebels and OT. We saw Hera before, but I squealed when I saw Zeb. Seeing Bail was punch in a gut and all the Red Squadron - a delight. I adore the dynamic between the characters, Gillen almost captures the movie feelings. I am really looking forward seeing how this arc plays out - in both Darth Vader and Star Wars.
     
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    SQUEALED HAHA
     
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    This was a fun issue. Except for the character moments with Luke and Leia, not too serious. A good plan, but I am sure something will go wrong.
     
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    This could be Rex behind Hera and Zeb.
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    Great review @Kyle !

    Aww lot of feels in this issue!

    *insert Rey's expression here LOL*

    Some folks in Twitter were pointing out how come they act like they haven't seen each other in ages if they were together in the Storms of Crait one-shot issue BUT I think that was later ahead almost right by when the Rebel Alliance gets settled in Hoth.

    My reaction, literally.

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    I like it because the Rebellion as we knew it was bigger than what we saw and each cell or group might have been working on something different so I would not expect to have all of them together but it it nice to have a glimpse of Hera, Zeb and Rex in there too.

    Seriously, just give me a story where Rex goes and introduces himself to Luke and tells him about his General Skywalker... oh dear, it would be so poignant it something like that happens!

    That piece of vermin... sorry not really a fan but well, perhaps Mon Mothma had no idea of what happened and at the end of the day, Cassian and Jyn showed them they were right. *sheds a tear for the Rogue One team*

    I would have paid lots of money to see that scene onscreen (of course not possible but just let me imagine a younger Carrie Fisher dealing with this fella!

    Of course!!

    Han Solo, you know I love you but the best pilot of the entire Rebellion is none other than Hera freaking Syndulla.

    I was listening the prologue of The Last Jedi after reading this issue. THE BIG FEELS. (Especially when Luke thinks of Biggs as his only childhood friend).

    Of course they should have!

    A lot of folks have speculated that hopefully we get in canon an encounter between Ahsoka Tano and Luke. Some have speculated if they met between ANH and TESB or between TESB and ROTJ. I think if there's a better chance would be post-ROTJ since it's especially when we don't know a lot about Luke, but not really feasible before TESB because 1) he seems pretty much integrated into the Rebel Alliance and 2) he does not know yet Darth Vader is his father. It would be more poignant for him to interact with Ahsoka - if he does meet her - after Anakin's redemption so it serves a better narrative purpose and gives Ahsoka some closure to what happened in Malachor.

    Lol guess Chopper was acting as nanny-droid. LOL.

    I gotta admit I had a really WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT moment here. But yeah, that was a good nod to the prequels with a shapeshifter like Zam Wesell.
     
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    I really enjoy Gillen's work, and this arc especially has been entertaining storywise. But if I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times - Larroca has got to go...I mean, this is just so freakin' distracting...

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    Yeah, instantly my canon alarm started going off on this one...for a brief second I was like "what?!...well, maybe, if he..." then I remembered that his death is absolutely confirmed in both From a Certain Point of View and Bloodline at least. Clever use of a changeling though.
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    No disrespect to either you or the Amazing General Syndulla, but...

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    Indeed! I mean, it's not like suspecting a certain Jedi master might have survived after Order 66 because we haven't had actual confirmation of his death, just an event that could have led to it. But in Bail's case, we do know from canon actual confirmation of his death.

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    Art is subjective, since I published 2 comics myself, I know first hand the painstaking hard work that goes into drawing a comic, even if you're copying from a photo or film shot/still photography, my art teacher taught me the easy way to copy shot from a film, is to pause movie LOL, but that was before google and the internet explosion, and for some really amazing artist they remember film shots from memory which takes years of practice. Again, art is subjective, to each his/her own.
     
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    I agree on the subjectivity of art in general. And I'm not saying that Larroca isn't talented at what he does. I'm just saying it is incredibly distracting. It is not that it looks bad (except that sometimes it kind of does) or that it doesn't take some measure of skill - it is that it pulls me right out of the story every time. For me, tracing only works as a technique when you can alter the final product in some way that makes the image not instantly recognizable for its source. When I look at the above images, I instantly see the original movie scene and it bothers me every single time.
     
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    But wait a minute... now there is some good speculation here. Where in the timeline would this Mon Cala arc compared to the ongoing Dr. Aphra arc? I mean since we see Hera in there with the other Rebels.
     
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    Understood, some artist don't copy completely, but utilize artistic latitude when copying. i personally think that Larroca has found a new computer tool and he is exploiting it, at the expense of the readers, to say the least, the editors don't have a problem with it, so you should definitely email those in charge, anywho, i respect those that are working in the field and it makes me cringe every time someone criticizes an artist, I don't think readers know that it takes 8 to 12 hours to create a comic page, with new computer tools it makes the process a bit more easier depending on what you're actually doing.

    As an artist I care, I know that consumers don't give a bleep... they just want cool art...
     
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    Good question, it was stated, when Kieron Gillen took over SW that there was a time jump, so my best guess is that the SW comic following issue 38 is after the Aphra comic.
     
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    Great issue of Luke & company.
     
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