Review: Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1

star wars rebel heist 1 coverA young Rebel meets one of the Alliance’s best for his first mission. But the young man’s hero worship is crushed by the reality of Han Solo. A botched escape, a ship that doesn’t work—could it be that Solo is just a lucky bumbler whose luck has run out?

When I heard writer Matt Kindt was penning a Star Wars series, I immediately got excited. Even with recent news that stories like these are no longer official Star Wars cannon, what Kindt has created is an exciting action comic that focuses on who Han Solo is through the eyes of a Rebel recruit. That perspective is fun and interesting, and sucks in the reader in, making the story east to relate to. Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 isn’t about crazy galactic battles, or the Rebel’s ongoing battle with the Empire. The story is about how batshit insane Han Solo must look to the average person. And the funniest thing is, until this comic brought it up, I never thought about it. That realization evolves for that Rebel recruit, much like it did for me as a reader. As things go off the rails, and opinions change, I found mine doing the same. That’s part of the fun of the comic.

Working with Kindt is artist Marco Castiello, whose pencils are enhanced through Dan Parsons‘ inking and Gabe Eltaeb‘s coloring. The look of the comic is solid, with characters, designs, and elements that are identifiable in a world most reading this will be familiar with. Characters look like they should, vehicles fit known designs, and the mood and color matches the world this story takes place on. It’s good work, that has the action smoothly flowing on the comic page.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 throws you into familiar territory with characters you know, and a world you know. The perspective though is new, and voice interesting. Mixing action and humor, I found myself getting to the end with a smile on my face, having wrapped up the first issue of an entertaining adventure. One that got me to laugh, and took me for a ride. Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, this first issue is a fantastic start and a great read. I figured Kindt would deliver something special, and it looks like he has.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Marco Castiello
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review