Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Villains by Tom Taylor
Published December 3rd 2019 by Marvel Comics
“You are in my command. You are another gun I hold. If your aim isn’t true. If you falter. Then you are no longer a gun. No longer worthy to be in my hand,”
This is the Age of Star Wars – an epic series of adventures that unites your favorite characters from all three trilogies! Now it’s the First Order’s turn to take center stage. As Captain Phasma leads an attack on the iron planet Demir, a young Stormtrooper looks to follow in Phasma’s footsteps. But will she have the heart to follow the merciless ways of the First Order captain? General Hux has always been looked down upon, but when a sabotaged shuttle crash-lands on an unknown planet it will be up to Hux to save Kylo Ren! Plus: Tales of Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke!
COLLECTING: STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE – CAPTAIN PHASMA 1, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE – GENERAL HUX 1, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE – KYLO REN 1, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE – SUPREME LEADER SNOKE 1.
In the desperate lead up to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releasing last year I went a bit crazy buying Star Wars books and brought three of the newly released trade paperbacks from the Age of collection. I brought Age of Resistance – Villains and Age of Resistance – Heroes which are both set in the sequel era and Age of Republic – Heroes, set in the prequel era. There are two volumes, each entitled Heroes or Villains, set in each of the three main Star Wars eras and I would definitely like to get around to reading them all at some point but for now, I just picked the ones I found most interesting. I started with Age of Resistance – Villains as I have three issues of The Rise of Kylo Ren to read yet and figured they could be my next read after this. Although I’ve given an overall rating for this collection I will also give an individual mini-review and rating for each story/collected issue, much like I have done in the past for anthology reviews.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Captain Phasma. XXXXX
As someone who read and adored the novel Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson and loved getting to know the woman behind the mask and armour, this was a really fun read. Short, yet perfectly illustrates the core of Phasma’s personality and ultimate ‘flaw’ I loved it.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – General Hux. XXXXX
A brilliant look into the past and mind of General Armitage Hux, I knew a little bit of his background, mainly from Phasma and a few mentions here and there in other media but this laid things out plain and simple, the transition from page 2 to 3 felt almost cinematic and was done extremely well. I think we really see how Armitage works and it’s deliciously villainous. Another great short story. (Minor spoiler, Hux calls Kylo Ren, Ben and I’m honestly here for that).
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Supreme Leader Snoke. XXXX
Another good read but I felt this one was more focused on and told us more about Kylo Ren instead of Snoke which I suppose fits with his whole mysterious persona but I’m still pretty salty about the whole Snoke thing. It does gives us a look into some of the training methods Snoke used when training Ren and a ‘cameo’ of sorts that I hadn’t been suspecting.
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Kylo Ren. XXXXX
The essay piece after the Kylo Ren comic sums this up perfectly “Ben Solo – Part Skywalker, Part Vader, All Solo.” There are some brilliant side by side comparison panels between events in the present and in the past like I particularly enjoyed but my favourite moment is the one where I couldn’t help but smile and think to myself “if there was ever any doubt that Ben is Han Solo’s son it’s now been obliterated.”
After the four issues with each of their essay pieces that follow (I loved these and I’m so glad they were included in this bind up) we are treated to the variant cover art for each of the issues which a nice touch but also some WIP pages for a fair bit of the comics, I especially liked any that involved the “scale guy” and a look at the breakdown that goes into planning each panel.
I’m hoping to be able to read Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Heroes before the novelisation comes out in a couple of weeks to set the mood as it where. I also feel a rewatch of the films coming on too! Have you read any of the Star Wars comics or books? I used to read the comics religiously as a child so reading the newer ones now feels a little like coming home. Have a good week and I’ll see you back here Thursday for the first of this months book tags!