Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Ramon Rosanas
Published by: Marvel Comics
Chronology Placement: Set during “The Force Awakens”
Focusing on Rey, this penultimate issue of the Age of Resistance anthology acts as a deleted scene from The Force Awakens, showcasing Rey’s connection with Princess Leia – something that would be later explored in greater detail in The Rise of Skywalker, as well as providing a fun interlude with Rey, Chewie and R2D2 as they journey towards Ahch-to to find Luke Skywalker as depicted in the film’s final scene. Tom Taylor addresses Rey’s insecurities relating to her parentage and that sense of not belonging with anyone and the sense of family and unity she found with Han and Leia, albeit briefly. The issue also explores the relationship between Leia and Chewbacca, featuring a hug between the pair that felt missing from the original movie as they both grieve over Han’s death.
Ramon Rosanas does a great job at conveying Rey’s wide-eyed innocence and sense of justice, bringing Daisy Ridley’s performance to life on the printed page. Some of the panels captured her subtle facial expressions, such as the dimples in her cheeks as she smiles. I also loved the sequences between Chewbacca and Leia, as Taylor and Rosanas infuse the moment with a sense of gravitas befitting the two old friends. The brief adventure to the Necropolis is there to add some action to the story, but the issue holds up on its own merits thanks to the powerful interaction between Rey and Leia. I liked how Taylor revisits Rey’s original occupation as a scavenger, an aspect of her personality that got lost during The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker as she became more adept as a Jedi and freedom fighter.
Given the brief time-frame between the sequel trilogy movies, there isn’t much opportunity for writers to explore Rey as an adventurer, so this brief foray on the way to Ahch-To is a rare chance to showcase Rey as a hero, separate from the Resistance. Overall, this is a fun epilogue to The Force Awakens that provides some much-needed “me time” for Rey before her next big adventure.
Score – ★★★ ½
Star Wars: Age of Resistance – “Rey” 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.