Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse #5


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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse #5


  • Words: John Ostrander
  • Art: Stephane Roux
  • Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Apr 11, 2012

The series showing a heroic side of the Empire comes to an end. Longtime Star Wars scribe Ostrander has pulled out his derring do pen, or rather keyboard, and created the kind of fun, intertwined epic that we all fondly recall from the best of the films.

Roux returns as artist after showing his skills in the first two issues and matches Ostrander’s breakneck script with aplomb. The highlight has to be a two page sequence involving a falling Jahan and Elli Stark, and Roux never skimps on detail when it comes to high-tech gadgetry and monolithic interiors, and his use of colors puts this in the realm of the grandiose and cinematic.

I’m not a regular reader of Star Wars comics, but this series could easily serve as a gateway to George Lucas’ sandbox as seen at Dark Horse. It’s entertaining, accessible, and with just the right mix of intense characters and fast-paced action.

The conclusion in these pages (well, there are two actually, considering the danger that faces Jahan, and the planet below him) does appear rushed to a certain degree, but that’s only in keeping with the focus on action, rather than character with this finale.

A familiar pair make their third cameo in this series, just in the nick of time of course and a farewell is said to a member of the supporting cast. This is a conclusion that mixes danger, sadness, and romance in the best Star Wars tradition.

In keeping with the James Bond theme of this series, there is a promise that Jahan Cross will return. I sincerely hope that’s true. 

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