Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1

Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1

Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Ethan Sacks, and Simon Spurrier
Artists: Luke Ross, Roland Boschi, Paolo Villanelli, and Caspar Wijngaard
Colorists: Guru-eFX, Rachelle Rosenberg, Arif Prianto, and Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Riccardo Federici

Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1 is a collection of four stories – “An Echo of Victor”, “In Service to the Empire”, “Two Sides to Every Sortie”, and “Epilogue.”

In “An Echo of Victor”, Hoth base is under construction. Poe’s parents Kes and Shara get trapped in an ice cave and Luke and Chewbacca rescue them. It’s a personal little story, mostly a story for Poe’s parents, but it has good artwork and it’s not too bad. Plus it helps bring those characters back into focus since they’ll be showing up in the new Star Wars main series.

“In Service to the Empire” acts as a kickstarter for the new Darth Vader series that Greg Pak and Roland Boschi will be doing. It starts briefly on Mimban, then flashes forward 13 years with a group of Death Troopers and a sergeant named Cordo. He tries to teach them how to fight, how to use and avoid sacrifice, and how victory is the most important thing. Well they do a mission to take out a rebel gun, and the death troopers teach him a thing or two about using sacrifice to its fullest advantage. It’s a good story with a decent barb, but the art isn’t the greatest. It isn’t terrible, though, just a bit artsy and sloppy.

In “Two Sides to Every Sortie”, Han hires Valance to deliver a guy for him for a mission for the Rebellion. This leads into the new series Bounty Hunters #1. It’s a good story, and the art is pretty good too.

“Epilogue” is the final Doctor Aphra story by Simon Spurrier and Caspar Wijngaard (the series will be picked up again but by Alyssa Wong and Marika Cresta). Tolvan does a little extraction mission, hangs out with Vulaada on Hoth, who has her qaberworm back, and Aphra’s dad is there too. It’s a nice little way to end things.

This is actually a pretty good issue. It’s geared more toward those who have been reading all the comics, but it might serve as a good teaser for someone looking to see where they want to jump in. While this one does carry a bigger price tag, this is one of the rare cases where it’s actually worth the extra money. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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