Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Allegiance by Ethan Sacks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fun tie-in to The Rise of Skywalker.
On a mission to secure weapons for the Resistance, Finn and Poe are entangled with the new favorite bounty hunter crew that appear all over the new Star Wars canon.
Leia, Rey, Rose, Chewie, and C-3PO secure so me ships and support from Mon Cala at the cost of betrayal and First Order presence on the amphibious planet.
Allegiance works at a tie-in by setting the stage for Episode IX and having some fun fan nods without being too essential.
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Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Villains by Tom Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The “Age of….” run has featured new scenes of some of our Star Wars loves and love-to-hates. The stories and follow-up essays therein usually work to connect the main arc of each character in the films with other pieces of Star Wars lore from new novels or other comics.
The Age of Resistance – Villains book features stories about Phasma, Hux, Smoke, and Kylo Ren. No, we don’t get the Snoke origin story that we were all hoping for, bit we get to see some Snoke-Kylo training. Meanwhile Hux and Ren both continue to deal with their pasts in super unhealthy, world-destroying ways. Phasma continues to not give a damn.
Not essential Star Wars reading by any means, this book builds on First Order lore in a nice way and helps wrap up the “Age of…” series.