Star Wars: Empire #1 is a nice focus from the mainstay characters
When one feels oppressed, fear is everywhere. You fear what may happen to you next. Life is not exactly predictable, so a sense of calm is not something you can take solace in. One can only imagine how it would be to be occupied during wartime.
My Lola used to tell me stories of how they had to endure the cruelty of Japanese soldiers. What they saw and heard was just scratching the surface of the evils of World War II. As history has showed us, the evil that men do has no bounds when unchecked. In the one-shot issue of Star Wars: Empire, we follow a technician on Endor just when the Empire has taken control.
We meet a young technician, Rilo Grenth, who has been hired for top secret installation on Endor. As we soon find out his family’s business was pressured into taking the job, as he soon finds his accommodations far from welcoming. As he tries making friends, but it does not go well, which leads him to traverse outside and see how the planet is, this is when he encounters an Ewok one evening when he run tests, he accidentally discovers the plan for the Death Star, something he soon realizes is about to get him into a lot of trouble, and he does. By the issue’s end, Rilo goes to prison and soon realizes that his fellow prisoners are there for ridiculous reasons too.
Overall, Star Wars: Empire is a nice escapade story away from the canon mainstay characters. The story by Houser is hilarious. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that shows, sometimes going above and beyond, can be the wrong move.
Story: Jody Houser Art: Jethro Morales
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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