Written by: Jason Aaron
"The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part 1"
Art by: Jorge Molina, Matt Milla and Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 20, 2016
Review by: Deron Murphree at http://minorquadrant.blogspot.com
I can remember those long-standing debates even way back then over which franchise science fiction/fantasy enthusiasts preferred. Even back before the days of the internet, I can recall a bit of some snobbery between Star Trek and Star Wars fans. Many had taken the thing so seriously that you literally had to choose which side you were on and based on your decision would determine the outcome of your social standing within the nerd circles. I am not sure that I fit into any particular circle so my answers would often bring about laughter and chastising from some of my friends. I grew up on Star Trek: The Next Generation and I dug everything about it. However, it is the Star Wars franchise that has consistently held my attention for a few decades now. Considering I have read several novels from the Star Wars expanded universe back catalog, I guess you could say that I have a loyalty and devotion to the universe. But enough about me, let's get to the issue.
Now if you've been keeping up with the Star Wars title, Sgt Kreel, formerly known as the Gamemaster, is the former warden of a moon called Nar Shadaa which was controlled by one of the Hutts in previous issues. It turned out that he was an undercover imperial spy who answered directly to Darth Vader. The rebellion's forces have gotten out of hand and an elite team of stormtroopers have been assembled to decimate the ranks of the rebels.
The story opens up with Sgt. Kreel recalling the first time he saw a man die when he was four years old. He recounts how after a dozen or so deaths how he seemingly started to feel detached from it all until the day that his own father was killed. It was after this tragedy in his life that a week later he began a killing spree of his own. He took out his rage on all those in the Fighting Pits until one day he saw his first stormtrooper. It was at that moment that he realized what he wanted to do when he finally got his big boy pants!