Age of Republic Special #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1

Writers: Ethan Sacks, Jody Houser, and Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
 Carlos Gomez, Paolo Villanelli, and Caspar Wijngaard
Colorists: Erick Arciniega, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Cris Peter
Cover Artist: Rod Reis

Age of Republic Special #1 is broken down into three stories, each with their own writer and art team and focusing on different characters from the Clone Wars. It’s a fun issue but not an essential essential. The nice thing is that it’s a standalone comic so you can jump right into it without having to read any others. With the different artists involved, each one looks a bit different and can cater to different tastes. Overall, it’s not too bad.

The first story is called “The Weapon” and stars Mace Windu. Basically Mace deals with a warlord out on the rim and his lightsaber plays a key role in the story. The warlord is very odd looking, not something we’ve necessarily seen before, and perhaps a little too odd for Star Wars. Nonetheless, the story does bring up an interesting point that it doesn’t play up on. The warlord is kidnapping children and using them in his own war. He’s also getting funding from someone else to do it. It’s very similar to what the Jedi do, though kidnapping is too strong of a word for it. Nonetheless, they take money from the Republic for funding, take children from their parents and train them in their own ideology, and eventually send them to war during the Clone Wars. Sadly, the story doesn’t explore that similarity. Instead it’s much more simple and straightforward. The artwork isn’t too bad.

The second story is “Sisters” which features Asajj Ventress. As a big Ventress fan, I enjoyed this one a lot, but not because the story was outstanding, but simply because I was starving for more Ventress. That said, the story is good. It takes place during her time as a bounty hunter on Coruscant. She see’s the bounty for Ahsoka and goes looking for her, but finds someone else instead and ends up helping them out. This story also features the best artwork out of the three, at least in my opinion. The coloring and lighting are great.

The third story is “501 Plus One” and features Captain Rex and Jar Jar Binks. This one was actually a lot of fun, but it jumped around a bit which took me a second to figure out. I thought it was doing flashbacks, but instead each jump is just going forward in time. Rex ends up in a battle with Jar Jar and as things go along, they help each other out. Jar Jar winds up with a lightsaber which is pretty wild and funny, and it has a good ending. Of the three, I liked this story the best, though it probably had the weakest artwork. There’s good layouts and action, but the lines are rather thick and the coloring was a little dull. Still good overall, though.

So, at $4.99 is this comic worth picking up? It kind of is. It’s fun, it has variety, and it scratches that Clone Wars itch you might have since the show has ended. Since you don’t need to pick up a series of comics, it’s a lot easier to drop the time and money on this one for some quick fun, so you might want to consider it. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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