Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse #4


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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse #4


  • Words: John Ostrander
  • Art: Stephane Crety
  • Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
  • Colors: Wes Dzioba
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2012

Imperial agent Jahan Cross seems to make one ally, but also many more enemies.

Cross has to sneak back into the estate of the Stark family he escaped at the beginning of this series. However, he’s now armed with greater knowledge, but the puzzle isn’t complete just yet.

With a little help from Elli Stark, the two dig into her brother’s dodgy dealings and the real reason for the construction of the Iron Eclipse. We also discover the truth behind Jahan’s vision of the little girl from the last issue, as well as how the Clone Wars shaped the man he would become. Han and Chewie return to the series, albeit briefly, as does Jahan’s trusty droid IN-GA 44, but not in a way you’d expect.

Ostrander has done well with this miniseries to give a fresh approach to yet another Star Wars tale. It’s even more impressive, considering Ostrander has written many Star Wars stories over the years, and compared with his recently launched Dawn of the Jedi, just goes to show what a varied storyteller he is. Dawn is a much more epic and serious tale, whereas this streamlined series is, like its original solicits suggested, James Bond in space. But better than Moonraker.

Crety returns after last month’s effort and largely maintains a fluidity, although there are a few slightly distorted faces, but not to such a degree as to be distracting. Stephane Roux returns for next month’s finale. It’s a shame he couldn’t stay on this series for the entire run (and bowed out after the first two issues), but Crety shows that, apart from a first name, the two men also show a fondness for lively, expressive sequential art. Roux is the better artist though, but when this mini is collected in trade format, flicking through the pages won’t be a visually jarring experience.

There’s a surprise in the last few pages that seems somewhat melodramatic, but it doesn’t derail the story already in motion. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this swift sci-fi adventure, but hopefully that doesn’t mean the end of Jahan. The Star Wars universe is a big place, but there’s definitely room for Agent Cross’s brand of adventure in it.

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