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Billed as James Bond meets Star Wars, this is a new comic series that certainly succeeds in this endeavor as Jahan Cross takes on the galaxy. This comic features droids that aren’t afraid to get dirty, undercover missions and some very explosive toys all wrapped up in this thrilling first single issue.
Technology here has given espionage a complete boost in cool factor, with several upgrades that still reminds readers of the tools we have in use today. This is a look at the Empire, not from the viewpoint of Darth Vader or our favorite Rebel Heroes, but through the eyes of a single man loyally doing his job.
It was written by John Ostrander (Star Wars Omnibus: Quinlan Vos-Jedi in Darkness), penciled with his own special cover by Stephane Roux, and the inking was done by Julien Hugonnard-bert. Writer, Penciller and Inker are definitely signed on to do Issue# 2 and #3, now available for preorder through Dark Horse Comics here with the link below for issues Two and Three. Issue #1 releases on December 14th 2011.
In a somewhat blatant imitation of Q and his assistant R, this new comic series does in fact emulate some of the Ian Fleming style, as been seen in recent films. R, Q’s assistant, is played by Alessi Quon, a master engineer who prizes his masterpieces but laments Jahan Cross’s lack of care for them.
The character of Q is played by Royd Pew, a slightly mole-ish looking man who directly heads the Tech Section, also grudgingly agrees with his assistant that Cross never brings his equipment back in good condition. In the Star Wars Universe droids can talk, and so it becomes a new facet of this Star Wars adaptation of James Bond that some of his best tools obey his commands to the letter.
It is not quite calling a car that can drive itself to you and more like calling a personal assistant who can shoot lasers. Some of Cross’s other tools are more discreet in the espionage tradition, doing away with the obvious large tools and backpacks that a space age bounty hunter might use.
Jahan Cross, the main protagonist, is similar to James Bond in that he isn’t afraid to take lives to get the job done. His attitude about death is rather blasé but he’s certainly bold as brass and cocksure. Jahan is loyal to the Empire but isn’t afraid to break a few rules to help a friend.
Just as curious about the newest gadgets in the Imperial workshop like 007 would be, Cross also touches things and takes whatever strikes his fancy. Before Cross can even get settled in with his newest undercover assignment, he’s already met an old friend from the Imperial Academy, been delayed by a Corporate miscommunication and defended himself against several attackers.
The end of the first single issue leaves fans on a small cliff hanger, and depending on which cover of the comic you get, you won’t have a doubt in your mind that a roaring good party is about to start. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then this Star Wars comic is all out flattery at its best. Given the time and adaptation to the Star Wars storyline, this series will no doubt develop a following of its own.
This is a bold move by Dark Horse Comics to make a comic that feels quite similar to the James Bond movies, but only time will tell if there is success hidden inside its pages. The success of James Bond is obvious but Jahan Cross has a long way to go before his character can be held with the same amount of reverence as that of 007.
This is a great start and fans will definitely want to keep a look out for more successive issues.