Well hello there, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this issue for months… oh wait, we have.
But now it’s back and it’s more than welcome. Yes folks, Soule has done it again.
The issue focuses mainly on Luke as he searches for the mysterious woman from his vision in the previous issue.
Based on his description of the planet, R2 takes him to Serelia where he finds the woman working on a fishing boat. He tries to talk to her but she escapes on her boat and Luke follows by commandeering another.
Luke and R2 are thrown overboard whilst the fleeing woman runs into a cave. The two make it to shore and follow her in.
The cave is filled with booby-traps so Luke carries on alone, telling R2 to get a message to Leia if he doesn’t make it back.
Luke ends up captured in a cage which is filling up with water. The woman reveals herself to be Verla, a Force Sensitive woman who may or may not have been a Jedi. She gives Luke a history lesson on Order 66, the Inquisitors and Darth Vader. She senses a shift in Luke at the mention of Vader and probes his mind, revealing Vader’s paternal revelation. Without hesitation she forces more water into the cage, filling it.
Meanwhile, Vader is brought to a cantina where someone is using the name Luke Skywalker to get pilot work. Vader kills him, decreeing that anyone using the name Skywalker will be killed.
Like I said, Soule has done it again, a fun, action packed jaunt through the Galaxy Far, Far Away, adding mystery and lore to the saga we already know and love whilst also developing Luke’s character arc between ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ in a much more satisfying way than we got in the nineties with ‘Shadows of the Empire’.
I do hope, however, that the next story arc will start to focus more on the Kes Dameron and Shara Bey storyline which was introduced in the first couple of issues of this series, whilst I do want to see the Luke, Leia and Lando story line develop I would like to see some focus on newer characters and see more of how the Rebellion grows in that time period.
I have been looking forward to the continuation of this story for months and now that it’s arrived I am far from disappointed, the next issue cannot come soon enough.
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