In the inaugural issue of Dark Horse’s latest Star Wars series, Rebel Heist, Han Solo was sent on a secret Alliance mission while being paired with Jan, a green recruit. The outcome was less than positive as Solo was arrested, beaten, and imprisoned, and Jan was interrogated. Instead of catching up with that duo, issue two of the 4-issue series takes the reader to the planet Feddasyr where another Rebel operation takes place.
Writer Matt Kindt kicks off the second installment much like the first as he introduces the reader to Sarin, a Twi’Lek dancer working for the Rebellion. Like Jan, Sarin is paired with one of the Alliance’s best in order to complete her mission, but instead of a dashing rogue like Han Solo, she comes face-to-face with the strong elegance that is Princess Leia Organa. What follows is a tale straight out of a James Bond movie, right down to Leia shedding a stealth suit to reveal an evening gown underneath. The princess charms her way into the high society of Feddasyr, the target package is acquired, and a spectacular escape caps off the mission.
Matt Kindt takes his own story from issue #1 and turns it completely on its head as nearly every action and outcome plays out differently. Jan, upon meeting Solo, had the image of a legendary war hero in his head, but was sorely disappointed when every move made by the smuggler was erratic and reckless, ultimately resulting in the pair’s capture. Sarin, on the other hand, expects the best the Alliance can offer and believes there is no way an entitled princess can possess the espionage experience necessary to pull off this mission. Leia, of course, has every aspect planned out, from the ritzy penthouse sniper post to the forged party invitation. As Sarin comes to realize, this is not her first rodeo. It’s a great contrast to the story from issue #1, but still maintains the belief that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. It also remains to be seen how the two seemingly unrelated missions connect.
Artists Marco Castiello and Dan Parsons once again create great Star Wars locations and characters, clearly taking cues from Venetian architecture as they illustrate the waterways and bridges of Feddasyr, and populating it with aliens any fan would expect to see in a dingy club or at a glamorous party. They also beautifully showcase the many sides of Princess Leia, introducing her in field gear once worn by her mother, dressing her in a stunning gown as she mingles with the affluent, and letting her get her hands dirty (and her dress destroyed) as she avoids blaster fire during a daring escape. It provides fans with everything they have come to expect from her, as well as show Sarin that this is definitely one of the Rebellion’s best.
Unlike Issue #1, this installment of Rebel Heist teases what (and who) the reader can expect to see next month, and may be starting to tie these individual tales together. A major benefit of a mini-series like this is that there is no room for filler and every issue will be packed with story. Be sure to stick around for the second half.
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 is available today from Dark Horse Comics!