In Review: Star Wars: Age of Resistance-Rose Tico #1

This is the Rose fans should have gotten in the film. Recommended.

The covers: This backstory on The Last Jedi character has two covers to find. The Regular cover Phil Noto has Rose standing in the center, slightly turned to the right with her right hand on her hip. The icon behind her is made up of both halves of the necklace that she and her sister owned. That’s exactly the right thing for her to have on this cover with her. This being done by Noto is reason enough to pick it up. The Puzzle Piece Variant cover by Mike McKone & Guru-eFX features Rose holding a tool in her right hand and pausing before the reader as she makes her way in that direction. Behind her is a blue sky field that has several Resistance bombers going from the upper left to the lower right. There are a few bits of red to either side of her. Some of Snoke’s Force lightning is trickling from his cover onto the top right corner of this book. Marvel really should release all of these covers as one large poster. Overall grades: Both A 

The story: This is the Rose fans should have gotten in the film. Tom Taylor starts his tale with Paige Tico telling where she and her sister Rose are from, the small world Hays Minor. The pair are shown much younger, flying a Z-95 starfighter. How the pair got into the thing is explained, but before that the two are able to power it up and they’re soon flying through space. After avoiding some debris, Rose asks if she drive. “Come on, Paige. I’ll try really hard not to kill us.” She relents and the worst possible things happens on the next page. 6 reveals how they avoided their fate and it’s very clever. The dialogue in the fourth panel on this page has some sensational dialogue. “Years Later”, the First Order has arrived on their world, converting bombers to mining ships, tearing the planet apart. Rose and Paige decide to stop them. What the sisters do is smart, cool, and absolutely believable. And it was exciting! This made Rose so awesome. 14 has the sisters joining the Resistance, with each entering a separate field to stop the First Order. The final three pages have an iconic character speak to them about something horrible, but with the opportunity for something else. The dialogue this character gives is flawless. I heard this speech in the actor’s voice. The book closes with the same narration that began the issue. This was fantastic. I would pay big bucks to get more stories like this with Rose and her sister. Taylor did the impossible. Overall grade: A+

The art: Ramon Rosanas does an excellent job as the artist. The opening page shows no character completely, but is done from a perfect point of view. The younger versions of the characters on Pages 2 – 7 are outstanding. I’ve read many comics where children look like miniature adults, but Rosanas make these characters look like kids and they are perfect. I love the eye roll from Paige on 4. The far shot of their fighter that starts 5 looks great. The angle of the illustration in the third panel is thrilling. This is followed by a fourth panel that has sensational reactions from the characters. The progression of panels on the sixth page is cinematic. The clothes and equipment that Paige and Rose wear when they decide to inflict some damage on the First Order are outstanding. The swoop the pair ride is great and whenever it’s shown it makes me wish that there was more of it in this issue. The First Order stormtroopers look outstanding. The explosions and the characters in the foreground on 12 are killer. I loved the cameos at the top of 14, with neither character’s face shown, but even from the back it’s obvious who the pair are. I loved the detail of the ship on 17 and the character that speaks with the sisters in the book’s conclusion looks good. Someone at Marvel get Rosanas to do more Star Wars work! Overall grade: A

The colors: Given the wasteland of Hays Minor, colorists Guru-eFX had every right to go dark in this book, but they don’t. I love the opening panel’s vivid world against the blues of space. The interiors of the ship the younglings fly is believable and I really like the view out their windows, communicated in colors, which informs the reader as to where they are. The greens on 5 are beautiful, as are the exhaust ports. The blacks that begin 6 relent to safety in tans and blues. The force used in the second panel on 7 is strong, and only a taste of what’s to come. I really like how the women’s costumes blend in with the backgrounds, but not so strongly as to make the art invalid. The troopers looks stunning in their whites. The oranges on 12 and 13 are phenomenal. I really like the tease of violet at the top of 14, and then it’s back to exceptional work with oranges. The last five pages have the characters in a heavily industrial environment, allowing any skin that’s shown to really stand out and catch attention. Overall grade: A+

The letters: VC’s Travis Lanham is the man who creates the narration and dialogue (the same font), sounds, yells, and the scene setting. Though easy enough to differentiate, due to the coloring and shape of their boxes and balloons, I wish that the narration and dialogue had been in different fonts, as they are two different forms of communication being done at two different points in time. The sounds are outstanding, with the CHOOMs, KOOOMs, and TOOMs being killer. The scene setting is good and as I’ve said in other reviews of this series of one-shots, I hope that the rebooted Star Wars comic employs the same. Overall grade: A  

The final line: Of all the announced issues of this series, this was the one I was dreading. Rose did not endear me to her character in the film. I just did not want to read anything about her. I could not have been more wrong. This is a fantastic story giving me the depth, the heart, and motivation for this character. The visuals knocked my socks off. I would love to see all the contributors reunited to create more stories about this, now, deserving character. Recommended. Overall grade: A

To order a digital copy go to https://comicstore.marvel.com/Star-Wars-Age-Of-Resistance-Rose-Tico-2019-1/digital-comic/52505?r=1

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Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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