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Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1

THE GREATEST HEROES OF THE REPUBLIC, THE DEADLIEST VILLAINS – AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN! THREE CREATIVE TEAMS! THREE STORIES FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE STAR WARS CHARACTERS!

The baddest Jedi in the galaxy has a score to settle — MACE WINDU returns in an action-packed adventure from OLD MAN HAWKEYE’S Ethan Sacks!

You can run, but can you hide from the twin lightsabers of Sith assassin ASAJJ VENTRESS? Feel her fury in a tale expertly woven by veteran STAR WARS comic scribe Jody Houser (THRAWN, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS).

You can take the clone out of the war but you can never take the war out of the clone — CAPTAIN REX dusts off his blaster and enters the fray in a story by X-MEN: GOLD author Marc Guggenheim.

Written by: Marc Guggenheim, Jody Houser, Ethan Sacks
Art by: Carlos Gomez, Paolo Villanelli, Caspar Wijngaard
Cover by: Rod Reis
Page Count: 35 Pages
Release Date: January 16 2019

As obvious as it seems – war changes everything and everybody. This simple statement appears to be the premise of Age of Republic Special #1, another issue of recent maxi-series “Age of…” which this time consists of three separate short stories.

“The Weapon”

Opening tale focuses on everyone’s favourite, purple-lightsaber-wielding, senior Jedi Council Member – Mace Windu.

One of the most “badass” Jedi in history gets captured by a team of teenagers working for a local crime lord, who takes advantage of the raging war to kidnap children. They are future cannon fodder for his shady organisation.

In a predictable plot twist, Mace Windu saves the day but unfortunately he’s not able to save all involved. The moral of the story is that despite exceptional circumstances, the consequences of our actions are inevitable.

“Sisters”

In the second story we meet Asajj Ventress, after her decision to quit the Separatists and we can see clearly that the life of a bounty hunter is pretty sweet when you possess Sith powers.

Not many bounties or rival bounty hunters can match two lightsabers and Force sensitivity so as bounty hunters go, she’s got pretty cushy life with very few worries.

When she stumbles upon two young sister’s trying to fend off a bad guy stealing their food, her first thought is obviously “not my business”. Having flashbacks of her Dathomir sisters being oppressed, Ventress might change her mind and act out of her character….

“501 Plus One”

Last but not least a story with two heroes, one of them being all-time favourite love-to-hate character.

This time we observe a group of Clone Troopers, led by Captain Rex, who found themselves in a bit of a bother. They’ve just lost their Jedi general and have to look after a Senator from Naboo, and this time it’s not Padme.

It quickly becomes apparent that troops are not too fond of Senator Binks and his goofy behaviour. It doesn’t help that he’s quite open about his fear of dying and inability to fight. When Rex decides to go alone on a seemingly suicidal mission he’s surprised to get help from a very unexpected source.

The sentiment which binds all three tales together is a bit of a cliché but it’s also one that’s hard to argue with.

Behind each of those stories are different teams of writers and artists. Neither of them stands above the rest. A selection of nicely written and drawn stories that probably won’t stay in our memory for too long.

Star Wars: Age Of Republic Special (2019) #1 (Star Wars: Age Of Republic (2018-2019))
  • Ethan Sacks, Jody Houser, Marc Guggenheim
  • Marvel
  • Kindle Edition
  • English