Rose Tico #1

Age of Resistance – Rose Tico #1

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Age of Resistance – Rose Tico #1 tells pretty much the whole story of Rose and her sister Paige. It covers their childhood flying in sims, having the First Order take over their planet, fighting back, escaping, and dealing with the grief of their planet being destroyed. The problem is it tries to tell too much for just one comic, and it doing so, doesn’t really accomplish anything worthwhile.

If this comic were geared toward a younger audience or new readers, I might cut it some slack. But it’s not. On top of that, we already have books that tackled Rose Tico’s story. Doing a short rehash in comic form seems pointless. However, the thing that’s really annoying is that the comic hits on a few things that would have been interesting but it just breezes past them rather than exploring them. For instance, it would have been really neat to focus on the idea of Rose knowing how to be a really good saboteur since she’s such a good mechanic. Knowing how something is put together helps in knowing how to take it apart. Imagine a whole comic focused on Rose and Paige carrying out rebel attacks against the First Order on their planet. It would help develop the characters, their life experiences, their skill sets, and the bond between the two sisters. That could have been an awesome story. Instead, we get an extremely brief taste of it here with heavy narration that just makes the whole thing stale. By trying to jam in too much, by tackling too big of scope, the whole story suffers. It’s hard to know how much of the problem is on the writer, and how much is on the editors for not giving some more feedback and guidance.

Story aside, the artwork is good, which seems to be a constant with this series. Whether the stories are lackluster or okay, the artwork is always pretty good.

In the end, I give this issue a two out of five metal bikinis. Interestingly enough, this issue reminds us that Rose does have an interesting story to tell, but so far, no one has told it.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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