[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Luke Skywalker oversees a raid on Imperial fuel supplies with a contingency of Rebel soldiers. He leads them onto Imperial refining platform and tears through the security droids within. The Rebels take the fuel, but, elsewhere, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are pondering what to do about Luke. Palpatine decides to try and reach out to Luke and corrupt him. Perhaps the Emperor can stall this mission long enough to sabotage it outright and even turn Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.
Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 follows the young Jedi on a Rebel mission that is almost sabotaged by its greatest asset: the Force.
Luke Skywalker #1 gets to the heart of what makes Luke such a great hero. For all his bravery and skill, he’s still just a kid in a war. He could be anywhere else, and a part of him wants to be. His Force attunement makes him vulnerable to the corrupting power of the Emperor, and his youthfulness makes him even more suggestive.
In short, he’s not an infallible or invincible hero; he’s still a kid. Greg Pak gets that, and he makes that, along with Luke’s desire to do good, a lynchpin of the narrative.
Also, the Emperor’s “Sssssskywalker” is a nice touch.
Chris Sprouse, Scott Koblish, and Stefano Landini split the artwork for this comic. While all three artists are talented and provide good visuals, the change in styles can be a little jarring at times, even if they do serve a purpose in the story. That said, the comic does look good throughout, and that’s one of the most important factors. Tamra Bonvillain colors the comic, and her palette does wonders for the tone and vitality of the book.
Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 is another solid entry into the Age of Rebellion miniseries. We focus upon Star Wars’ most iconic hero and his inner struggles, even as he proves himself the Rebellion’s greatest asset. It’s a good read and one worth of a recommendation. Check it out.
Star Wars Age of Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 comes to us from writer Greg Pak, artists Chris Sprouse, Scott Koblish, and Stefano Landini, inkers Karl Story and Marc Deering, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Terry Dodson with Rachel Dodson, and variant cover artists Chris Sprouse with Karl Story and Neeraj Menon; Mike McKone with Guru-eFX; and Ralph McQuarrie.
Final Score: 8/10