Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Ramon Rosanas
Published by: Marvel Comics
Chronology Placement: Set before “The Force Awakens”
Set ahead of his appearance in “The Force Awakens”, this one-shot adventure from Tom Taylor and Ramon Rosanas explores the seed of doubt in cadet FN-2187 that grows into full-blown rebellion following the attack on Tuanul village. From the outset, Finn is depicted as a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, and I loved the awkward sequence as he stands to attention for Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma – effectively representing me, if I’d even been a stormtrooper. He clearly shows imagination and empathy during the course of his janitorial tasks – two traits that don’t really fit the First Order’s ethos. They want their stormtroopers to be uniform, unquestioning drones, and it is Finn’s individuality that leads him into trouble. Tom Taylor’s script neatly sets up Finn’s eventual ‘stage fright’ on the battlefield, and this issue acts as an effective ‘deleted scene’ for “The Force Awakens”.
Ramon Rosanas’ artwork is exquisite and captures the spirit of FN-2187’s character such as his goofiness and earnest attitude. Rosanas’ beautiful line work is brought to life by colours from Guru-eFX, giving the art a real sense of energy. I particularly loved the attention to detail and shading on the character’s faces. Rosanas also can draw a cool-looking stormtrooper – an essential skill when working on Star Wars comics! I loved his take on Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, and the moment when the platoon of stormtroopers are overwhelmed by the infestation of creatures. There is a real sense of location to the artwork; be it the red lights of the Starkiller base, the claustrophobic nature of the tunnels or the majesty of the creatures’ home.
When we first meet Finn, it is during one of the most traumatic and character defining moments of his life, so it is nice to meet him in a moment of relative calm. Even though he is FN-2187 in this issue, the character of Finn is clearly visible within, just waiting for that moment to break free from the tyranny of the First Order. A solid prequel to “The Force Awakens”, this issue builds upon Finn’s history without diluting his eventual turn towards the light.
Score – ★★★★
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – “Finn” is available in a digital format from Comixology and Amazon, or collected in the trade paperback, “Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Heroes”, which is also available from Comixology and Amazon.