Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1

Writer: Greg Pak, Ethan Sacks, Charles Soule, Simon Spurrier Artist: Roland Boschi, Paolo Villanelli, Caspar Wijngaard Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 18, 2019 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 11
7.6Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

•  Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and smuggler Han Solo have have struck blow after winning blow against the Empire. The Rebels are digging in their defenses on the remote ice world of Hoth but how long will they truly be safe from their many enemies?
•  Darth Vader will stop at nothing to crush the rebels but his efforts to locate their new base have been in vain. Will the dark side of the Force guide him to the missing rebels and to young Skywalker or mire the dark lord in the conflicts of his past?
•  Despite a life riddled with treachery and destruction,  Doctor Aphra has found a family more

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Dec 19, 2019

    Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1 is a gloriously well constructed comic book that cleverly points the way forward for the entire STAR WARS comics line while paying respect to what has come before with excellently written and beautifully drawn drawn emotionally impactful short stories that capture the best of Star Wars comics in an old fan and new reader friendly package! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Dec 20, 2019

    OverallStar Wars: Empire Ascendant is a great way to show readers the larger 'Star Wars' comicsverse and show off all the talent and different stories that are on offer. At present, we only really cover the main Star Wars title and plan to continue to do so as well as picking up the odd mini-series along the way. But reading this book has given me some food for thought in regards to whether we should add one of the other ongoing titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Dec 18, 2019

    If you're looking for four strong Star Wars stories covering all corners of the mythology, then Star Wars: Empire Ascendant will make a worthy addition to your collection, though if you were hoping this book would tie up the loose ends of various other Star Wars titles from Marvel, you'll likely be left frustrated. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Dec 20, 2019

    intended narrative bridge. It somehow works for both new and old readers and never really suffers from "Star Wars" fatigue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Dec 25, 2019

    Not really an essential purchase, but good enough if you like the Star Wars characters and want to see some more of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 31, 2019

    Overall, this collaborative effort is a personal pan pizza with only one tasty slice. More pages could have fleshed out things out more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Azrael Dec 30, 2019

    Seeing Poe Dameron’s connection via his parents to the Empire was a great touch. The Vader and Aphra stories seemed rather bland but the bounty hunter story was great. All in all a great hype issue.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Jan 7, 2020

    Good enough to make you excited for the upcoming relaunches.

  • 6.5
    The Villain Dec 19, 2019

    I like the Dameron's story, but other than that I found this to be a bit dull. Mostly just primers for the upcoming series in 2020. I didn't even bother reading the Aphra story because I don't plan on reading that comic.

  • 6.0
    Gizmo Jan 20, 2020

    -- STAR WARS // AN ECHO OF VICTORY: I think I remember Shara and Kes from Star Wars: Shattered Empire, glad to see they're still fighting the good fight in the comics lore. This was easily the strongest story in this anthology. I'm not sure how central these characters will be to the next Star Wars run, but I hope they stick around. -- DARTH VADER // IN SERVICE TO THE EMPIRE: I don't think Greg Pak achieved the theme he was trying to get at: what little plot there is gets too muddled to communicate the theme properly, leaving Vader's final words to fall flat. -- BOUNTY HUNTERS // TWO SIDES TO EVERY SORTIE: This is marginally better than the Darth Vader story because it communicates clearly, but it isn't particularly fun or engaging. -- DOCT more

  • 8.5
    tonpas1989 Dec 23, 2019

  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
    CesarCastanha Dec 20, 2019

  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
    hanry1998 Jan 11, 2020

  • 6.5
    pablo Dec 20, 2019

  • 6.5
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