Two Out Of Three Isn’t Bad – Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

In the opening story, the legend of IG-88 is told through his association with a particular bounty and the Gallanium Syndicate. In the second tale, Yoda copes with his past failures in exile on Dagobah as both the environment and the wildlife seem to turn against him. Finally, Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins go on vacation from the Rebellion on a vacation planet and still manage to have a run-in with the Empire.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Guru-eFX

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 brings as another assortment of Star Wars tales starring characters less often focused upon in the films. It’s a bit of a mixed bag this time, with the IG-88 and Yoda stories sticking the landing but the comedic Biggs and Pokins stories ringing a bit hollow.

The IG-88 tale gives a fun, if slightly convoluted, story that shows the terrifying and violent calculation of the bounty hunting droid’s mind. It’s a dry and dark tale, and it all gels fairly well. The Yoda story is more emotional, with the old Jedi Master grappling with his responsibility in the fall of the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. The final line is a badly forced reference, but the rest of the story gels.

The Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins story is a mess. It aims for comedy, but it still aims to have a moral. Unfortunately, that moral is exceedingly confused and self-contradicting at multiple points throughout. The humor isn’t especially funny either.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 art by Casper Wijngaard, Lee Loughridge, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 art by Casper Wijngaard, Lee Loughridge, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Casper Wijngaard, Andrea Broccardo, and Jon Adams handle the art in the three stories respectively. Each one provides solid visuals that give suits their stories well. IG-88 is given gritter visuals, Yoda has a sleeker and more detailed style, and Biggs and Porkins have a more cartoonish and lighter-styled comic. Lee Loughridge, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Chris O’Halloran do great work on the colors too.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 has far more good than bad. Two out of three isn’t bad, and, even then, the Biggs and Porkins story isn’t that bad or long enough to become unbearable. I can recommend this comic; feel free to check it out.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1 comes to us from writers Marc Guggenheim, Simon Spurrier, and Jon Adams, artists Casper Wijngaard, Andrea Broccardo, and Jon Adams, color artists Lee Loughridge, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Chris O’Holloran, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Giuseppe Camuncoli with Guru-eFX, and variant cover artists Jen Bartel, Marco Checchetto, and Mike McKone with Guru-eFX.

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