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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire Volume 1 - Iron Eclipse Paperback – November 6, 2012
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Obviously, this is James Bond in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Could be a bad idea, but Ostrander makes it work. Jahan Cross is an Imperial Agent in the days leading up to the destruction of the first Death Star. For Cross, its all about order and keeping the galaxy from falling into chaos. He believes Palpatine's Empire is the best means to that end, and so he will defend it to his dying breath. Does he see how cold and ruthless his master Armand Isard is? Probably not. What he does see are the various threats that tip the galaxy further towards chaos, threats he is sworn to oppose. In this opening volume Cross is dispatched to the Corporate Sector to investigate the unusual goings on surrounding the estate of a dead industrialist with a VERY colorful past....
We aren't used to rooting for the Empire to win. Even in the excellent Crimson Empire miniseries we were rooting for Kir Kanos, not the Empire at large. But John Ostrander manages to convince us that not every cog in the Imperial machine is as evil as Palpatine. There are Bond references everywhere of course, but this seems more like fun nods than it does derivative "ripping off" Bond. Also, there's a Muppet reference. I'll leave that for you to find.....
(NOTE: the following review will contain minor spoilers necessary for discussion of the plot, circumstance, and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers reviews fully spoiler-free, then I encourage you to skip to the bottom to paragraphs for my final assessment. However, if you don't mind a few quick glances at `things to come,' then read on ... and may the Force be with you.)
Jahan Cross is an agent in special service to the Empire. He does the Emperor's bidding, even when that means going into parts where the former Republic has no hold. When Palpatine learns that a secret weapon named `Iron Eclipse' may spell certain doom for his government, he decides to send Cross in to investigate just what this `Eclipse' may be and to secure it for use or, if need be, destroy it so that it can't be turned against the Empire as a weapon.Read more ›
However, without worrying about the canon, the comic is well done, the story is exciting, and held the interest of this reader. The story with Jahan Cross being given an assignment by from the Empire - and an cyborg assistant. Jahan Cross eventually discovers a devious plot intended to infect all cyborgs with a vicious digital virus that will have all cyborgs working for ... well, that is the story, isn't it.
Though the cyborg assistant is less than useful, with the help of Hans Solo, Chewbacca, the Millenium Falcon, and his new human assistant, Jahan Cross visits The Eclipse (an exterrestrial spa) on the planet Reltooine. There, Jahan Cross and his new assistant find the answers they were seeking - but not the ones they wanted to find.
Though not an expert, I found the story believable and fun. It would make a great Birthday or Christmas present for a Star Wars fan, young or old.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Not quite as good as I had hoped for, but certainly worth the read.
Good artwork takes the major part of the story, but it is quite easy to read and a fast completion.
It has been a while since I ventured back into Stars Wars and I selected this graphic novel to restart. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark
This one is below average. Might want to pass on it unless you are hard core Star Wars fan and you collect all related Star Wars books.Published 15 months ago by Sassafrass Pedullah
Jhann Cross, the Bond of the Star Wars universe is on a mission to discover where misappropriated money is ending up. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew Rose
This story takes place about 3 years before "A New Hope", and I found it to be a worthy and enjoyable addition to the Star Wars universe. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Miles Rodi
deffnaty what would happn if jame,s bond were left in the star war,s universe style and tec as well as a man who in spite of working for the empire try,s like hell to keep the... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by mica
Rather decent miniseries, set in the years before A New Hope. An Imperial operative uncovers a scheme to unseat the Empire in favour of something worse. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by William Kendall
The heading says it all. Star Wars Legacy was one of my favorite books of all time and John Ostrander writing Star Wars never seems to disappoint.Published on June 26, 2013 by shawn sisson