Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Ramon Rosanas
Published by: Marvel Comics
Chronology Placement: Set a few Years before “The Force Awakens”
Rose Tico is a surprisingly divisive character in Star Wars lore, often targeted by fans who disliked the direction of The Last Jedi. The character herself is relatively innocuous and is paired with Finn throughout the movie as they travel to Canto Blight, replacing Rey as the former stormtrooper’s companion. Some of the criticism towards the character stems from her preventing Finn from sacrificing himself at the end of the movie and the awkward kiss between the pair that follows. Tom Taylor provides some backstory for the character that explains her motivations behind saving Finn, using Princess Leia as an inspiration. Having lost their home planet and their parents to the First Order, Rose and Paige Tico plan to lash out in a suicide run but are convinced by Leia to be a recurrent thorn in the First Order’s side rather than a one-off inconvenience. This lesson, coupled with the trauma of losing her sister, obviously influenced her decision at Crait.
Ramon Rosanas continues to do a fantastic job with these Age of Resistance: Heroes stories, creating smooth and stylish artwork that feels authentically Star Wars in design. The colours from Guru-eFX are absolutely sublime too, providing a extra shine of polish on Rosanas’ tremendous artwork. I love the way the panels set in space have an ethereal glow to them, capturing the awe and majesty of the galaxy. Rosanas’ artwork has plenty of soul to it, which suits Taylor’s emotion-driven script perfectly. While the story is unlikely to convert any Rose Tico haters out there, it serves as a strong study of a character who wasn’t given much of a chance – especially in The Rise of Skywalker where she was sidelined massively. Taylor also captures the wisdom of the older Princess Leia, who over the years has suffered great losses and made unimaginable sacrifices. It is a lovely moment between the three women, and one that increases the sense of tragedy in Paige’s death during the opening scenes of The Last Jedi.
Score – ★★★ ½
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – “Rose Tico” 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.