Rey #1

Age of Resistance – Rey #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Age of Resistance – Rey #1 starts off on Jakku with a brief flashback to when Rey was a kid and her parents left her there with Unkar Plutt, and one when she was older as a scavenger. From there, the story jumps forward to D’Qar and the Resistance base prior to it’s destruction in The Last Jedi, where Rey and Leia have a chat to catch up. Afterwards, Rey and Chewie head out to find Luke but due to a mechanical problem with the Falcon, they stop somewhere to get parts. This leads to an encounter with a spider creature who is trapping and enslaving ships and crews who wind up in the area. Rey takes care of the problem and frees everyone. The issue ends with Rey handing the lightsaber to Luke.

As with most of the other Age of Resistance comics, this one is inconsequential. It doesn’t really add anything to the lore, the greater story, or help develop the characters. It’s nothing more than a little Rey adventure. However, I think the problem might not be so much the lack of anything substantial with the characters or story, but the way the story is spread to thin by trying to connect to moments in the film. The time Rey and Chewbacca spend on the junk planet could have been much longer and rewarding if the whole comic was devoted to it. It could also have been a nice way to create a bond between the two and have them go on an adventure together. Instead, Tom Taylor tries to jam in a scene between Leia and Rey which doesn’t really accomplish anything, and then end cap it with the island lightsaber hand off and push an overall theme of being alone and hopeless to finding community, support and hope. It’s a nice theme, but by stretching the story to D’Qar and Ahch-To, it waters it down too much, and makes the story mediocre.

Artwise, Ramon Rosanas and Guru-eFX do a good job. The visuals are easy to follow, the characters are identifiable, and it’s overall pleasing on the eye.

With good artwork and a mediocre story, this comic is one that can easily be skipped. I give it a two out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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