Star Wars #26
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Andres Genolet
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The Rebels launch a bold attack while the seeds of rebellion might begin to bear fruit.
It is Imperial Unity Day and the Empire is celebrating in grand tradition on one of the core worlds when the military parade is interrupted by an attack led by Lando, Luke and Wedge. After taking out scores of imperial ships publicly, they head back to their armada to celebrate while Leia and the Rebel leaders work on how they’ll get the things they need to continue the fight.
In the aftermath of the attack, Palpatine sends officers out to inspect the security of his secret projects. When two lower level workers with a family get a message from a familiar face, they make a decision about their future with the empire. A decision that will set them on a dangerous mission to escape an even more dangerous location.
The Story: Soule does a brilliant job of crafting two stories with different characters and tones, but with a unifying quality that makes them engaging. I really enjoyed the lighter, celebratory rebel story in the wake of the darkness of the last arc as well as the character cameos within it. I also really enjoyed these new characters and the tension of their personal story. It will be interesting to see how that story develops.
The Art: Genolet brings a unique visual style to the issue. There’s less of a photorealistic feel to the characters which allows for more emotion and fluidity to the visuals.