Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Leonard Kirk
Published by: Marvel Comics
Chronology Placement: Set before “The Force Awakens”
General Hux is a curious juxtaposition of villainy in the Star Wars universe – during his appearances in “The Force Awakens” he is shown as ambitious, relentless and an equal to Kylo Ren. The subsequent movies show a shift in his role, reduced to being Kylo Ren’s subordinate after Supreme Leader Snoke’s death and eventually siding with the resistance before his ignominious death. This one-shot issue from Tom Taylor explores the different facets of his personality, demonstrating his cowardice, cunning and cruelty in one swift adventure. Taylor roots most of Hux’s flaws in his childhood, hated by his father and bullied to a point where he learnt valuable survival instincts and a Machiavellian knack of manipulating others. What initially seems like a simple story of Hux and Kylo Ren marooned on a remote planet actually reveals the dark, malicious core at the heart of Hux and how he turns any opportunity towards his benefit.
Leonard Kirk’s artwork is perfectly suited to this adventure, highlighting the darker elements of the story with the use of shadows. Kirk is able to convey the dislike between Hux and Kylo Ren through body language, effortlessly conveying Hux’s envy and Kylo Ren’s disregard for Hux. One highlight for me was the emotion Kirk was able to get onto the page when Captain Phasma arrives to rescue the two missing leaders, and the scale of Hux’s betrayal becomes painfully clear to the Alderaan guard. Taylor’s script crackles nicely with the pace of the single issue, managing to tell a complete tale whilst also coming full-circle to deal with the events of the flashback that opens the story. This comic serves as a wonderful enhancement to General Hux’s character, making him even more odious and unpleasant than he ever was on the big screen.
Score – ★★★★ ½
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – “General Hux” is available in a digital format from Comixology and Amazon, or collected in the trade paperback, “Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Villains”, which is also available from Comixology and Amazon.