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Star Wars #68

Rebels & Rogues: Part 1
It is a time of civil war in the galaxy. The freedom fighters of the Rebel Alliance fight a losing battle against the might of the evil Galactic Empire.

After scoring a major victory against the Empire and the traitorous Queen Trios of Shu-Torun, Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa, smuggler Han Solo, the Wookie Chewbacca, and Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker rejoin the fleet eager for their next mission.

But hope for the movement’s survival is dwindling as the Empire moves to crush the Rebellion once and for all…

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Variant Cover Artist: John Tyler Christopher (Action Figure) & Kaare Andrews (Greatest Moments)
Assistant Editor: Tom Groneman
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Release Date: July 10, 2019

Issue 68 kick off the first story arc for Greg Pak and Phil Noto manning the helm for the series. They continue the story immediately following Kieron Gillen’s conclusion of the Shu-Torun saga. We find pre-Hoth Rebels desperately seeking a new base of operations. The Rebels know they will be hunted relentlessly by Darth Vader and his legions. General Reikken has developed a plan to mislead the Empire and selected three separate missions fitted to the personality of our heroes: Han Solo and Princess Leia head to a planet controlled by an infamous crime lord/Imperial Collaborator, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 have been sent to lure Imperial forces from a critical Rebel site, and the unlikely duo, Chewbacca and C-3PO, are sent to draw as many Star Destroyers to a false Rebel Base and destroy as many as they can by triggering a planetary cataclysm. Naturally, none of their missions are going to be a milk run.

Greg Pak has certainly lain the groundwork for what will surely be an interesting and adventurous story. Splitting the main characters into groups will make plenty of material for interplay that we are so familiar with. Perhaps the match-up of Threepio and Chewbacca indicates the droid was a bit more endearing to the Wookie than previously thought. Especially when reflecting on their fateful visit to Bespin where Chewie sought out the droid and subsequently initiated repairs. Although C-3PO is a member of the group, it often appears that he is merely tolerated rather than have some sort of relationship. Obviously, R2-D2’s relationship with the character spans generations but with Threepio’s memory wipes through the years, he is a bit of an outcast. Of course, it is all speculation until the next issue.

Phil Noto and the creative team have produced a great setup that has a subtle reflection of the change in the creators. Phil Noto’s artwork is distinctively different than the previous artistry in the series. There is no lack in detail in Noto’s work, but it is not the photo-realistic style of Angel Unzueta. Personally, Phil Noto is one of my favorite artists in the field. His mastery of his expansive color palette really sets him apart making his artistry instantly recognizable. He is certainly the perfect handoff for the series.

The main and a no-text variant covers were created by Phil Noto. John Tyler Christopher’s action figure for this issue features an AT-ST Driver and Kaare Andrews has portrayed another great moment (19 of 36) in the “Greatest Moments” series.

Once again Marvel has assembled a great package with Greg Pak’s writing and spectacular artistry. The next issue drops on July 24 and I anticipate great things to come.

  • 07/10/2020 (Publication Date) - MARVEL COMICS (Publisher)