A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away……(sound the trumpets and orchestral flourish in your head)
“It is a period of Civil War, Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base , have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy.”
Of course…..you knew all that already but what happened in the days, weeks and months that followed the destruction of the Death Star? Did you think that everyone in the Rebel Alliance had a wonderful time until we picked up with them in “The Empire Strikes Back”? I sure don’t think so and as a matter of fact if I was the Galactic Empire I would be looking to raise the ante on my level of whoop ass on the whole lot of them. That my friends is where this great new title from Dark Horse Comics picks up. Having grown up with the original movies characters since a very young age I can say that they are the most time honored to me. I know I am not alone in this and while Dark Horse has done a magnificent job with the mythos and expanded its characters and universe over a hundred fold, it will be awesome to see how a series that follows the original blockbuster film progresses and reminds us why they are the Science Fiction pop culture icons that remain to this very day.
You want to know how our favorite pirates Han Solo and Chewie are dealing with being wanted criminals, read this title. What is Luke’s relationship to Leia going to be like after such a heroic adventure a few months before we pick up in the story, read this title. Let’s not forget everyone’s favorite man in black – the menacing Darth Vader. He is surely pissed and looking for a little revenge of his own and then there are the droids. I’ll not be putting any spoilers into this post as I am not too deeply immersed into the story after examining only a handful of preview pages. The series is illustrated by artist Carlos D’Anda and colorist Gabe Eltaeb and the first issue has a wonderful cover by Alex Ross (please let him be doing the entire series if its at all possible).
Official Website: http://www.darkhorse.com
Just in case you missed it on the store shelves already, I’ve embedded a link to Amazon.com for this same issue. I’ve not composed a review of the title as of this writing and will likely just wait for the first trade paperback which you have to assume will be coming after six or eight issues.