STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE: REY #1 / Writer: Tom Taylor / Artist: Ramon Rosanas / Color: Guru-eFX / Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham / Cover Artist: Phil Noto / Published September 18th, 2019
Star Wars: Age of Resistance: Rey is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, telling the story of Rey and Chewbacca after the Battle of Starkiller Base and their journey to find Luke Skywalker on the lost planet of Ach-To.
The first half of Star Wars: Age of Resistance: Rey is an exchange between Leia Organa and Rey where Rey tells the story of Han Solo’s final moments. The two women have a nice scene as Leia shares what she has learned as a leader and explains how Rey is no longer alone she is part of something bigger now. Had the issue ended there, I would’ve been happy. A small, intimate story about these two characters sharing a connection. But that’s not the end of the story.
The second half is after Chewbacca and Rey have left the Resistance base and are traveling to find Luke Skywalker. They encounter a problem with the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive and need to stop for repairs on a junkyard planet where things are not as they seem. Rey is confronted with a world much like the one she grew up in and must use the wisdom she has learned to make the world a better place. On their own, these stories are equally enjoyable and capable of supporting a full issue. Together, they combine to create a very good story of Rey’s growth and putting the lessons she has learned to use.
Tom Taylor’s writing makes these two separate halves work together. Opening with the emotional character work is different than the standard structure, but it works. He captures the voices of Leia and Rey well – I can almost hear the actors performing the dialogue. Taylor finds a good balance between action, comedy, and heart.
I really enjoyed Ramon Rosanas’s art. The art in a Star Wars comic can be a struggle for me. Some artists try to make it look too much like the actors while others go too far in the opposite direction. Rosanas seems to have found a good balance, making the characters easily recognizable but not looking like a trace of the actors’ faces. The layouts are good and match the emotions of the writing. I especially like the page of Rey telling Leia about Han and Kylo. Guru-eFX’s colors on top help make Star Wars: Age of Resistance: Rey a great-looking book. The muted blues and purples of the Necropolis are a distinct visual look matching the location’s mysterious feel.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance: Rey is a really good story that helps to fill in the gaps between two films and gives us a piece of Rey’s growth as she becomes part of something larger than herself. The Necropolis works well as a metaphor for what Rey has left behind. Rey can’t turn back now: she has to confront what is in front of her, taking heed of the lessons she has learned from Leia and Han.
VERDICT 5 out of 5