Sympathy For The Devil In Star Wars: Age of Resistance – General Hux

by Tony Thornley

One of the best things about the Star Wars “Ages” series so far has been the release schedule- which has been releasing a hero and a villain one-shot at the same time. It allows for us to see parallels between the characters we may not have otherwise, and that’s especially the case for General Hux’s first ever spotlight comics story.

Cover by Phil Noto

Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk, Cory Hamscher, Guru-eFx, and Travis Lanham give us insight into Supreme Leader Snoke’s “rabid dog” and why he’s useful.

Hux and Kylo Ren are forced to crash land on a remote world after sabotage brings down their shuttle. Though he shows his cowardice, Hux is able to secure passage for the duo through a mix of charm and cunning when they meet another shipwreck victim. However, the story doesn’t end there as Hux hunts down those who betrayed him….

After reading this issue, about a character who I found largely one dimensional in his film appearances so far, I really want to see more about Hux and his development. Taylor makes it clear that, despite abuse heaped on him as a child, this is not a character we should be showing any sympathy. He’s pure ego and narcissism, as opposed to what we see in the Poe Dameron’s companion story about setting aside ego (also is out this week).

Kirk and Hamscher get a chance to depict several parts of Hux’s personality with multiple settings through the issue. They are able to make the General’s slimy personality feel like an asset, as his charm is palpable but never believable. His later rage is frightening thanks to the layouts which draw us into his head with several close-ups and inset panels.

A rabid dog has its purpose, and for General Hux, it’s to weed out the worst of the First Order on his way to the top. A generous ego definitely seems to help.

Star Wars: Age of Resistance – General Hux is available now from Marvel Comics.

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