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Star Wars: Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 review: Keep your eyes on the Force
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Star Wars: Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 review: Keep your eyes on the Force

Get a taste of a badass Luke Skywalker.

When it was announced Greg Pak would be writing “Age of Rebellion” one-shot Star Wars stories I was excited. Done in one stories by Pak sounds great, but it’s becoming clear these were more like stories to ramp up to Pak taking over the main series. Each one has offered something fun and great and next up this week is a Luke Skywalker story set after Empire Strikes Back.

So what’s it about?

The official summary reads:

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THE FIRST TEMPTATION OF LUKE SKYWALKER! After learning the true identity of his father, LUKE continues his training and prepares for the inevitable showdown, determined never to follow the path of VADER. But when a rebel general’s mistakes lead to disaster and Luke must seize command, the DARK SIDE tempts him as never before. Featuring the eerie influence of THE EMPEROR!

Why does this matter?

Pak is joined by three great artists (Chris Sprouse; Scott Koblish; Stefano Landini) to tell a tale of Luke’s delicate place between being a Jedi or being tempted by the dark side.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Star Wars: Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 review: Keep your eyes on the Force

Get ready for all kinds of action.
Credit: Marvel Comics

Luke Skywalker in this story is basically the black suit wearing badass Jedi we love from Return of the Jedi, which is effective in getting you pumped for what he’s up to in this issue. There’s lightsaber battling, there’s X-Wing fighting, and there’s even Force dreams to push Luke. As far as action is concerned this issue does well mixing things up.

The central conflict of the story is Luke’s lack of training and possible turn to the dark side. Pak utilizes the Emperor and Darth Vader early on to cue us in on their plans to sway Luke. Given The Last Jedi and that film establishing that the Force can be used across the galaxy, it’s no stretch to believe the Emperor could get inside Luke’s head in this adventure and it’s fun to see a newer idea at work.

Midway through the issue, there’s a tantalizing moment with Luke being tempted. I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers, but the idea of the Force being used to sway a character internally is intriguing and fun to see Luke go through it. It’s something that’s been underused and it further makes the Force more mystical and enticing in general.

Star Wars: Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 review: Keep your eyes on the Force

Seeing Luke in this black costume is making me giddy.
Credit: Marvel Comics

It can’t be perfect, can it?

It’s an unforeseen issue I’m sure, but the gentle tugging of the Emperor on Luke is a tad confusing thanks to the close up of his eyes looking very similar to the Major. I kept wondering if the Major had turned when really it was just a confusingly similar look to the eyes of the characters. This might be due to the artists changing and the style shifting dramatically. It’s an unfortunate problem with comics due to deadlines and such, but I was pulled out of the story more than once when the art changed at inopportune times.

Is it good?

A good Star Wars one-shot that has a lot of action and ideas fans will love. Luke Skywalker has always been a man who could fall off the ledge and turn evil and this issue effectively dabbles in his internal conflict.

Star Wars: Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1 review: Keep your eyes on the Force
Star Wars Age of the Rebellion: Luke Skywalker #1
Is it good?
A good Star Wars one-shot that has a lot of action and ideas fans will love. Luke Skywalker has always been a man who could fall off the ledge and turn evil and this issue effectively dabbles in his internal conflict.
A lot of action that'll keep fans happy
Interesting use of Force powers
The art can throw you off as it switches dramatically and even confused me for a beat when it came to the close up of eyes
8
Good

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