Invasion: Revelations #5

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Colin Wilson
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Letterist: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Chris Scalf

Revelations #5 draws a close on another arc of Invasion and gives fans plenty to look forward to in the next one. The issue kicks off with Master Dray and his ominous red bladed lightsaber. Finn is faced with a critical decision: Should he continue to follow Dray’s orders, or is this a path he cannot follow? Even if Dray is true darksider, he and Finn do have a common goal of fighting the Yuuzhan Vong. Plus Dray’s request is a rather reasonable one. All Finn needs to do is kill the Yuuzhan Vong that is masquerading as an Imperial diplomat.

Yet there is more to this issue than just befalls between Dray and Finn on Coruscant. A lot of attention is also cast on Shramar and the battle there between the Vong and the rag-tag alliance of defenders. Imperials, Republic soldiers, Artorian refugees, and Outer Rim volunteers band together to try to stop the Vong as they assault the planet. That one Frozian reporter continues to cover the actions of the battle. As readers, we get to see some nice action on the ground and in the air. Ship fans will also be happy to see some new images of warships in action. The results of the battle develop a deeper plotline between Tsalok, Nagme, and Nina. On top of that, Nina does some revealing to the galaxy at large, which certainly earns the name for the comic arc. With her revelations and Dray’s, the title is apt one.

I really loved how Dray turned out, especially with his change to the dark side in this issue. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the move as it’s been done so much in Star Wars. However, Tom makes it work by making it into a new layer rather than inverting the character we’ve grown to know. Now instead of being an eccentric Force user guiding Finn, he’s a dark side Force user. He’s still quite mad, but not totally insane. Furthermore,  he’s not an emotionally isolated grade of evil. Dray wants to help the galaxy by getting rid of the Vong, so on the surface it’s a likable objective. There is the small problem of galactic domination afterwards, but then again, he is crazy so it’s hard to hold that against him. He’s really sort of a comical villain in a way due to his partial insanity. It makes him a pretty fresh addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Nina’s last reveal of an Outer Rim Alliance is also very interesting. I have no idea where the series is going to go with this, and part of me fears how this could play unkindly with canon, yet it could also be pretty cool. Overall, the issue covers a lot of ground. It wrapped up some story points, created some new things to look forward too, delivered some nice artwork, and made for a fun, exciting story. Revelations #5 ends this Invasion arc with a solid 5 out of 5 metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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