Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #3

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Stéphane Créty
Inker: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Stéphane Roux

Jahan’s escape in issue #2 leads him to, who else, Han Solo. Bringing Han and Chewie back in this issue played out well. By giving them a one issue break, they don’t come out as overplayed, and the setup in issue one keeps it from seeming too convenient. Being a little uneasy with the idea at first, I think it worked really good.

As we’ve seen before, the story keeps a great mix of action, humor, and plot development. There’s some good zingers here and there, especially the conversation between Cross and Isard. The dialog is top notch. But the plot adds something rather interesting pertaining to Cross’ past, something that’ll most definitely be explored more in the future. For now, it offers a new look at Cross and makes him a much deeper character.

The issue does a good job of mixing up the action, too. It starts off with a chase, switches to hide-and-seek, then changes over to some drama. From there it goes off into some humor, and throttles back into some serious action. The artwork is also really solid with some very nice scenes. The explosions and chase scenes all have a nice, vivid feel to them. The characters display a good range of emotion that comes off well in the art. Plus the general layout of the panels is well done with a lot of variety.

There’s also a lot to be said for the coloring. Certain panels take advantage of the coloring to add bursts of emotion. A fire fight used stark reds and blacks to highlight the violence. A flashback scene is done in a simple, almost colorless palette. Some action scenes do away with the background and use a colorful orange-yellow scheme to reinforce the action and direct the focus on the characters. Wes Dzioba did a really good job.

If you aren’t reading Agent of the Empire, then I hope you’re holding out for the trade paperback. Issue number three knocks out another solid issue earning a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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