Friday, January 13, 2012

COMIC: Top of the Stack - Star Wars: Agent of the Empire - Iron Eclipse #2 (Review)

Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Stephane Roux
Cover: Stephane Roux

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50

While the number of books in my reading stack went down this week, the competition for the favorite spot was intensely tougher.

Several publishers brought fantastic issues to the table: Image's INVINCIBLE #87 had Mark making the hard choices and faced with a deadly idea, Marvel's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677 found Peter Parker reeling in his social life and Black Cat and Daredevil popping up in his webbed life, and DC's FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #5 had the rogue O.M.A.C. cross paths with Frankenstein in an epic collision.

Any of those titles were great reads that I enjoyed spending time on and worthy of the top spot, but apparently I had a secret agent story itch that needed to be scratched and Dark Horse's STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE - IRON ECLIPSE #2 hit that spot. Agent? Check. Star Wars? Bonus!

Writer John Ostrander is no stranger to the Star Wars Universe or the top of the stack with his long run on Star Wars: Legacy and the Star Wars: Legacy - War mini-series that followed it. This time he is going from the far future stories of Legacy to a time just a few years before the events of A NEW HOPE.

This is the second issue of the mini-series so the protagonist, Jahan Cross, is in the middle of his investigation and that has led him to a party at an Imperial Embassy where the Stark family he is looking for is attending. From there Cross with the help of his droid is at his best, dishing out political small talk, saving a damsel in social distress and seducing the stepmother only to find himself in a dicey situation.

Once I read the name of the book's artist, Stephane Roux, I knew the art was going to be fantastic and it showed immediately with the stylish cover that was totally giving off James Bond 60's vibe. Like his work on last year's ZATANNA ongoing for DC, there is a vibrant smoothness to the art, the characters are distinct and aliens - especially Twi'leks - are drawn quite well.

An interesting premise to a Star Wars mini-series and I definitely think fans should give it a try. You will not be disappointed, an exciting story from start to finish paired with great art and interesting characters. I will be picking up the rest of the issues and hopefully this will be the first of many peeks into the life of Jahan Cross.

Look to buy the STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE - IRON ECLIPSE #2 digital comic on Dark Horse Digital for $1.99

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