TIE Fighter #3

TIE Fighter #3 (of 5)

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Roge Antonio, and Geraldo Borges
Colorists: Arif Prianto, and Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards

TIE Fighter #3 picks up with the escape of Shadow Wing’s squad five and ends with their jump to hyperspace with the hijacked Star Destroyer. People die in the course of the escape, and the back story in this issue helps develop leader of squad five as well underlining the significance of the deaths. But is TIE Fighter #3 really worth picking up?

The TIE Fighter mini-series is suppose to be a tie-in to the Alphabet Squadron trilogy. However, with the comic focusing on the bad guys, it’s an odd way of tying into the series. The bad guys aren’t focused on much in the book, and I don’t recall any of the characters in squad five showing up. Regardless, this series does shed some light on what Shadow Wing does and who its members are. In this issue two of the members of Shadow Wing bite the dust as Rebel starfighters show up. This only being the third issue of the series, I honestly didn’t care that they died. As a reader, I didn’t have any investment in the characters. However, those character deaths could help develop the survivors. The problem is there are only two more issues left, and its doubtful that kind of character development can be crammed in, especially with a portion of each issue is dedicated to a flashback story.

Speaking of the flashback story, in this issue we get a glimpse of how squad leader Teso Broosh was promoted to lead squad five. There’s not action and it’s all just dialog of Broosh talking with his commander. There’s minimal character development, but there is some, and I did like the way it ended with Broosh promising to protect the members of his squad, which he fails to do in this issue. But the big payout is seeing Major Kieze, who does show up in the Alphabet Squadron book. His small appearance here helps further flush out his backstory and his concern and caring for his subordinates. He definitely cares about his troops.

The artwork is pretty good throughout the issue, though the backstory isn’t as good. The character emotions are a little overdone in the backup story. Otherwise, it’s not too bad.

With an okay story and good artwork, TIE Fighter #3 is middle of the road. However, I did come away with a desire to see what happens next. It’s too early to say whether this series is a bust or not, so we’ll just have to wait and see. As is, I give this one a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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