Kara O'Connor

Star Wars Rebel Heist #2: Riot Girl

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Dark Horse and Star Wars take us to other worlds in the second issue of Star Wars: Rebel Heist.


Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 cover via Dark Horse

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 Adam Hughes cover via darkhorse.com

Star Wars Rebel Heist #2
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Marco Castiello
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Get a copy of Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Matt Kindt variant cover) or Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Adam Hughes cover) today.

When we last left our rebels in Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1, Han Solo bumbled his way around Corellia with a rebel recruit in tow. The newcomer, serving as our guide and narrator, reminded us that Han is yet again knee deep in trouble. Similarly, Rebel Heist # 2 introduces us to another new character who performs the commentator role for us. This time around, it’s ladies night when the second installment joins an undercover Twi’Lek on Feddasyr, a pleasure planet with zero allegiances to either Rebel or Imperial forces. Don’t be mistaken, the war is still waged here–but not with heavy artillery. Instead, Rebels and Imperials hash it out via espionage and poison-laced cocktails.

Our young and exotically-hued spy has had her cover blown and, as a result, Leia of House Organa is sent to clean up and acquire a top-level security code from local Imperials. After begrudgingly conceding to help the Princess complete her orders, the Twi’Lek notes Leia’s own high levels of martial skills on display during the mission. Her prowess and bravery surprise the young alien who had expected only to meet a rich, spoiled socialite.

While I reveled in the bad-ass qualities imbued to Leia within the issue, unfortunately I found Marco Castiello’s art sexualization of Leia to be a little over the top. I had wanted the visual depiction of Leia to match the fantastic dialogue by Matt Kindt, which described a skilled Rebel leader, a stoic and educated royal, and an athletic and cunning envoy. I realize that at certain points of the story Leia was required to wear sexy dresses as part of her undercover persona, but the revealing side boob on her splash page felt unnecessary and trite.

That said, I’m enjoying the view into the time frame between A New  Hope and Empire Strikes Back, and also very much like reading about our well-known heroes in a third-person point of view from new characters. With issue one, we joined Jan who helped the scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. In issue two, we experience the Twi’Lek’s views of our Rebel princess. I found it amusing to hear her initial opinions of Leia, assuming she was just a bratty rich kid who would only botch the plan (and perhaps was the primary reason for the agent’s own blown cover). We gradually get to see her views change as Leia successfully maneuvers through the battleground utilizing her combat expertise and surviving various attacks. The narrator’s observations felt real and genuine from someone who might worry they are being replaced, but she ultimately comes to realize they are part of a team and something even bigger then the individual roles they play.

If ever there was a doubt in your mind at how tough a lady Leia could be, then here’s a reason to ask yourself – where you get your delusions, laser brain?

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