A new recruit for the Rebellion is skeptical about what he’s doing but feels better once he runs into one of the famous members of the Alliance. In a matter of minutes, his life is turned upside down as he is forced to hightail it out of a crowded cantina, ride on the back of a speeder, and go toe-to-toe with Imperial starfighters, all while in the company of a legendary hero. It doesn’t take him long to realize that his hero worship is misplaced, and that his best chance at survival is to sell out to the Empire, or wish for a quick and painless death at the hands of an interrogation droid.
While a good portion of the issue focuses on the thoughts and feelings of the new recruit, it does have the problem of falling back on relying on the actions and decisions of one of the better well-known characters from the Star Wars universe. I can understand how having certain characters involved gives the story a higher chance of being enjoyed, but there are times when certain tales need to be told from the perspective of a “nobody,” someone who has no long-term stakes in the mythos that has surrounded this universe. This inclusion takes away from the character’s telling, making him connected by association to someone well known, and, thus, downplays his own importance.
Another observation that I have is just much of an “empty shirt” the new recruit is; he relays his skepticism and hesitation well, but I don’t think there’s anything that actually defines him as an individual, other than being new. There’s no real sense of character development, no in-depth look at the man’s past or his reasons for joining the Rebellion. Tthese may be explained in later issues, but, for this one, he’s not exactly coming across as a “man of the people.”
Finally, the one thing that really stood out the most for me is that the overall plot of this issue (and possibly the series as a whole) is rather obvious to me. I could be wrong, but from the hints that were given, it seems fairly self-explanatory that the recruit is being tested by the Alliance on how devoted he is to the cause. If this is the case, then I feel it could have been done in a much subtler way, so as to surprise the readers. Knowing where a story is headed is nice at times, but surprises and twists (so long as they’re not M. Night’s) are great elements every now and then.