Comicscape: Star Wars: Rebels Heist #1 (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Source: Mania.com

With May the Fourth approaching this Sunday, Dark Horse Comics has launched a new four issue mini-series titled Star Wars: Rebel Heist. Now before you go and ask about the new Amazing Spider-Man #1, we covered it in last week’s Comicscape (read it here). We thought we would give yet another Expanded Universe Star Wars comic a shot. Since Marvel Comics launched Star Wars #1 back in April of 1977, the comic book medium has been an essential part of the Star Wars mythos. Yes, the comic launched one month earlier than the movie and was published long after the final credits of of Return of the Jedi (it went on 3 more years). Dark Horse Comics kept Star Wars alive before the prequels were ever released and kept the universe crowded with characters between those releases. There are even several Star Wars comics still being published today. Brian Wood’s current run, my new favorite, is allowing new stories to be told about the classic characters. With the world wanting more Star Wars than ever before, Dark Horse has gone back to the never ending well of Star Wars again.

 

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 sets up its story after the Battle of Yavin. The Rebels are recruiting and using their heroes of that battle as contacts for new members. What Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) does so masterfully is tell the story from the recruits’ perspective. We know who Han Solo is better than the character does in the comic because we know what is in store for him. For this particular story, we see Han Solo as both the legend he is and the reckless Rebel he appears to be. The recruit is unsure on any of Han Solo’s motives, so this keeps us guessing as to where the story is going to lead us. The final pages turn us 180 degrees from where we began, thus igniting the spark and insuring that we come back for more. On characters that we know better than our family, it is a refreshing change of pace from the typical Star Wars comic book story.
My only trepidation is that this story could spiral back into the typical Star Wars comic. For years, characters were introduced alongside our movie favorites only to die, with the heroes living on.   This is expected, of course, and the true challenge in writing comic book characters that can never die. Hell, even Spider-Man, Captain America, and Superman have died, but Luke, Han, and Leia? Blasphemy! As long as Kindt’s tale keeps those heroes at arm’s length and never lets us into their own psyche, we have something different here. How would you see Princess Leia Organa? Rich little girl who wants play solider? A vengeful woman who wants justice for the extinction of her people? A babe who looks really good in white? What about the farm boy who is playing Jedi?  There are some great possibilities here and it looks as if even Chewbacca will get this type of story, too (issue #3). 
 
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 is out today with variant covers by Adam Hughes and Matt Kindt.

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