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Enter Shadow Wing! The Empire's salvation - the Rebellion's doom! As the war between the rebels and the Galactic Empire stretches on, it is the innocent people of the galaxy who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests - and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But Enter Shadow Wing! The Empire's salvation - the Rebellion's doom! As the war between the rebels and the Galactic Empire stretches on, it is the innocent people of the galaxy who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests - and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of Shadow Wing as loyal to the Empire as they seem? COLLECTING: STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER #1-5


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Enter Shadow Wing! The Empire's salvation - the Rebellion's doom! As the war between the rebels and the Galactic Empire stretches on, it is the innocent people of the galaxy who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests - and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But Enter Shadow Wing! The Empire's salvation - the Rebellion's doom! As the war between the rebels and the Galactic Empire stretches on, it is the innocent people of the galaxy who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests - and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of Shadow Wing as loyal to the Empire as they seem? COLLECTING: STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER #1-5

30 review for Star Wars: Tie Fighter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Now THIS is how you do a “Star Wars” comic. Written by Jody Houser, with art by Roge Antonia, “Tie-Fighter” is – to cut to the chase- gorgeous to look at and a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, deliberately jocular tale that works as both a throwback to the days of the old “Star Wars” Extended Universe (“Rogue Squadron” fans in particular will eat this up) and stands as a shining example of how best to do the whole “interconnected storytelling” thing that Disney has been pushing so hard since Now THIS is how you do a “Star Wars” comic. Written by Jody Houser, with art by Roge Antonia, “Tie-Fighter” is – to cut to the chase- gorgeous to look at and a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, deliberately jocular tale that works as both a throwback to the days of the old “Star Wars” Extended Universe (“Rogue Squadron” fans in particular will eat this up) and stands as a shining example of how best to do the whole “interconnected storytelling” thing that Disney has been pushing so hard since acquiring the franchise in 2012. To wit: Houser does sterling work tying her series in with the story of the recent “Alphabet Squadron” novel – one of the strongest “Star Wars” novels in recent years, IMO. On their own, “Alphabet Squadron” and “Tie-Fighter” already represent two of the best stories that modern “Star Wars” has produced; taken together, their cumulative narrative effect approaches MCU-levels of satisfying. Long story short: “Tie-Fighter” rocks. Read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? It cannot end like this!!! Jody Houser does another great comic series with this fantastic volume. We are introduced to the Imperial 204th TIE Fighter wing, with new characters that are instantly recognizable. Also, we have some characters carried over from previous series, like Han Solo: Imperial Cadet. During their missions, they are caught over a treasonous Imperial captain and manage to trace the Rebels that made him change sides, until they reach a turning point in the Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? It cannot end like this!!! Jody Houser does another great comic series with this fantastic volume. We are introduced to the Imperial 204th TIE Fighter wing, with new characters that are instantly recognizable. Also, we have some characters carried over from previous series, like Han Solo: Imperial Cadet. During their missions, they are caught over a treasonous Imperial captain and manage to trace the Rebels that made him change sides, until they reach a turning point in the galactic history... and the story ends! The art is also magnificent, the space battles are beautiful and very clear and easy to understand. Plus the new characters are instantly recognizable, and the tricks he uses to identify them while behind the helmet are very clever! I need more, and the editors say that this will not be the last time we see these characters, and I hope that they are not just talking about the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, but we definitely need more. And if they are written again by Houser and drawn by Roge Antonio, the better!

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    TIE FIGHTER is a tie-in book to Alphabet Squadron with the adventures of Shadow Squadron. They are a bunch of unique Imperial characters who all have fascinating issues and problems. They are out to fight the Rebellion, take names, and die for the glory of the Empire. It reminds me a bit of the old TIE Fighter video game from Lucasarts and that's a high compliment. I've read the entire series from issue 1-5 and it's all entertaining if not spectacularly exceptional. I kind of wish it was an TIE FIGHTER is a tie-in book to Alphabet Squadron with the adventures of Shadow Squadron. They are a bunch of unique Imperial characters who all have fascinating issues and problems. They are out to fight the Rebellion, take names, and die for the glory of the Empire. It reminds me a bit of the old TIE Fighter video game from Lucasarts and that's a high compliment. I've read the entire series from issue 1-5 and it's all entertaining if not spectacularly exceptional. I kind of wish it was an ongoing series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    This is the start of what could be a pretty good Star Wars graphic novel. The art is fine, and the story goes into what life is like for Imperial pilots, which I'm very interested in. The problem is that there are a lot of characters and I don't know anything about any of them. I remember a little bit about the members of Shadow Wing from the Alphabet Squadron novel (which I loved), but not many specific details about any of them, so nothing here connected for me to the novel. Yrica Quell ( This is the start of what could be a pretty good Star Wars graphic novel. The art is fine, and the story goes into what life is like for Imperial pilots, which I'm very interested in. The problem is that there are a lot of characters and I don't know anything about any of them. I remember a little bit about the members of Shadow Wing from the Alphabet Squadron novel (which I loved), but not many specific details about any of them, so nothing here connected for me to the novel. Yrica Quell (Alphabet Squadron's protagonist) appears for a few pages, but I don't understand how it fits into this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    This comic details the adventures of Shadow Wing, a fighter squadron for the Empire. Apparently, this comic is a companion book to Alphabet Squadron, which I am currently reading. It's going to be nice to already have a visual component as I continue in the novel, because I haven't gotten to Shadow Wing yet. Either way, this comic was excellent. Very fast paced and I loved how it made pilots of the Empire seem like they have the same issues as Rebel pilots. Of course they do, but it is nice to This comic details the adventures of Shadow Wing, a fighter squadron for the Empire. Apparently, this comic is a companion book to Alphabet Squadron, which I am currently reading. It's going to be nice to already have a visual component as I continue in the novel, because I haven't gotten to Shadow Wing yet. Either way, this comic was excellent. Very fast paced and I loved how it made pilots of the Empire seem like they have the same issues as Rebel pilots. Of course they do, but it is nice to see a role reversal. Perhaps more on this review when I finish Alphabet Squadron.... Recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cris Nicoletti

    2.5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    Comics are a great format for a squadron series. THe illustrations in this really help you to feel the action. I am currently reading the last few chapters of Alphabet Squadron and I love how the two stories TIE in together, pun most definitely intended. I have no doubt we will hear more from the 204th in sequel books of the Alphabet Squadron series, which I also recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

    I love the idea of a book-comic crossover in a Star Wars story and I hope they do this again for the other Alphabet Squadron books. The writing was great and wasn’t drawn out like these Star Wars miniseries sometimes are. I only wish it tied more directly into the Alphabet Squadron book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    This just didnt work for me. Havent read much of Houser but hopefully its not like this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    This Star Wars comic follows the Shadow Wing Squadron of the Empire from the Battle of Hoth to the destruction of the second Death Star. This is part of a cross-media tie-in with Alpha Squadron. This book is full of references to other stories and characters, almost to its own detriment. There are a lot of interesting characters and a decent enough story, but there isn't enough focus. Too many peaks at other characters that aren't relevant to this story are given too much spotlight. There's even This Star Wars comic follows the Shadow Wing Squadron of the Empire from the Battle of Hoth to the destruction of the second Death Star. This is part of a cross-media tie-in with Alpha Squadron. This book is full of references to other stories and characters, almost to its own detriment. There are a lot of interesting characters and a decent enough story, but there isn't enough focus. Too many peaks at other characters that aren't relevant to this story are given too much spotlight. There's even an asterick referencing the Solo tie-in comic Imperial Cadet. I wasn't sure which characters were new to this story and which ones were just references. I did enjoy the pacing, though. We really got to see the Shadow Squadron experience some stuff. It's an unusual style having every issue end with a flashback though. I'd love to see these characters reappear. What do they do after the Emperor is gone? I give this book a 3.5/5. It's not enough of a story on its own. It relies too much on references and doesn't do enough on its own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Another Jody Houser comic, another huge yawn. Ok so TIE Fighter isn’t flat out horrible or even close to as bad as some of Houser’s other Star Wars related works, but good God, what a snooze fest. Nothing remotely exciting or fun happens in this series. Nothing cool or Earth shattering. TIE Fighter is supposed to be about the bad guys, the bane of the rebellion, though you wouldn’t know that here. Instead it’s a bunch of badly drawn, contrived characters who move around and have either flat out Another Jody Houser comic, another huge yawn. Ok so TIE Fighter isn’t flat out horrible or even close to as bad as some of Houser’s other Star Wars related works, but good God, what a snooze fest. Nothing remotely exciting or fun happens in this series. Nothing cool or Earth shattering. TIE Fighter is supposed to be about the bad guys, the bane of the rebellion, though you wouldn’t know that here. Instead it’s a bunch of badly drawn, contrived characters who move around and have either flat out devotion to the Galactic Empire or pure hatred. Nothing in between. There’s no moral ambiguity or grey areas. And speaking of the art...uggggh. I get this might appeal to the fans of the old school, hand drawn stuff of the 70’s, but this was definitely not my cup of tea. In this day and age of digital rendering, there’s no excuse for the pedestrian artwork that was was presented here. I can’t draw to save my life, so of course I probably don’t have room to talk, however I’m also not getting paid to illustrate a mass produced Star Wars graphic novel. I’m really not understanding why Houser keeps getting jobs with Marvel. Between this, the Age of Republic mini series, and the direct adaptation of Thrawn, this is 3 straight duds. There’s far better writers/authors out there that should be given a chance to tell actually decent stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Viebranz

    Alphabet Squadron is my favorite Star Wars book since Lost Stars, so I was highly anticipating this companion volume from Marvel Comics. I enjoyed the focus on character over action, the absence of moralizing either faction in the war, and the novel approach in the art to track the space battles. However, these first five issues really only feel like an introduction. While Alphabet Squadron certainly left the door wide open for more missions and new revelations about the heroes of that unit, it Alphabet Squadron is my favorite Star Wars book since Lost Stars, so I was highly anticipating this companion volume from Marvel Comics. I enjoyed the focus on character over action, the absence of moralizing either faction in the war, and the novel approach in the art to track the space battles. However, these first five issues really only feel like an introduction. While Alphabet Squadron certainly left the door wide open for more missions and new revelations about the heroes of that unit, it was also a complete narrative unto itself-- TIE Fighter feels more like a prelude to the core action. This is exacerbated by the fact that the Shadow Wing we know from the novel is not the Shadow Wing in this comic, as it's set prior to the Battle of Endor. I would absolutely recommend this to anybody who enjoyed Alphabet Squadron, and to anybody looking for a tight, character-driven Star Wars story unbeholden to the more grandiose heroes and events of the Saga proper. Expect unique, fantastic artwork, strongly realized new characters, and an engaging story... just don't expect that story to resolve here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I had to double check that this wasn't a sequel to something else I hadn't read. It's a prequel to Alphabet Squadron, which I did read, and some of the characters here are familiar. But most of them are not, and the comic seems to do little to establish them and their relationships. Not enough for me, anyway. It doesn't help that I thought it was a complete arc but apparently it isn't; maybe I'll start from scratch when the whole thing is done. It is an ambitious story, reminiscent of the old I had to double check that this wasn't a sequel to something else I hadn't read. It's a prequel to Alphabet Squadron, which I did read, and some of the characters here are familiar. But most of them are not, and the comic seems to do little to establish them and their relationships. Not enough for me, anyway. It doesn't help that I thought it was a complete arc but apparently it isn't; maybe I'll start from scratch when the whole thing is done. It is an ambitious story, reminiscent of the old Empire comics in its focus, though with a slightly different (less assured and interesting) narrative approach and framing of Imperial loyalty (IIRC, Tie Fighter is more focused on interpersonal loyalty, where Empire has a stronger sense of institutional roles?). It isn't quite as good or creative overall, but my biggest issue I think comes from having a hard time keeping track of who everyone is. If that issue were addressed I think I would enjoy it more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    As much as the Star Wars saga has mostly had the "good guys" to be the Rebellion, naturally a lot of folks appreciate the sheer power of the Empire and wonder about what drives them. The Tie Fighter mini-series is a great look at this world from the perspective of a particular squadron of Imperial pilots and gives us a somewhat closer look at their motivations. The book tries to balance a larger story while also introducing us to the individual characters and their backstories all to help us As much as the Star Wars saga has mostly had the "good guys" to be the Rebellion, naturally a lot of folks appreciate the sheer power of the Empire and wonder about what drives them. The Tie Fighter mini-series is a great look at this world from the perspective of a particular squadron of Imperial pilots and gives us a somewhat closer look at their motivations. The book tries to balance a larger story while also introducing us to the individual characters and their backstories all to help us better appreciate their actions in the larger story. There's a fair amount of good action and a lot of intrigues here and there as they deal with a greater plot beyond the initial mission they set out to accomplish. And how they get to the end of things is a fair amount of fun despite the largely serious tone of the book. At the end of the day, it's a bunch of soldiers doing their best to follow orders and remain loyal to their leader, even if that happens to be Emperor Palpatine.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sadly, this book promised much but delivered little. Promoted as a TIE-in (pun intended) to the Alphabet Squadron novel, a handful of cameos from Yrica Quell, Soran Keize and Commander Nuress are the only links to a much better story. The main problem here is the lack of character development that a five issue series allows. Only three principal characters have any real depth to them, and two of those are almost immediately blown up, which makes it very difficult to care whether the rest survive Sadly, this book promised much but delivered little. Promoted as a TIE-in (pun intended) to the Alphabet Squadron novel, a handful of cameos from Yrica Quell, Soran Keize and Commander Nuress are the only links to a much better story. The main problem here is the lack of character development that a five issue series allows. Only three principal characters have any real depth to them, and two of those are almost immediately blown up, which makes it very difficult to care whether the rest survive until the end or not. One can only hope that the likes of Broosh, Kahi and Brebtin show up in volumes 2 or 3 of the Alphabet Squadron to give this volume some retroactive depth.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    It is my understanding that this is an Alphabet Squadron tie-in and I haven't read that yet so perhaps that's why this didn't click for me. I say my understanding because aside from a variant cover shown in the gallery, no mention is made of the book, Alphabet Squadron. I also say my understanding because this absolutely feels like it is short 1 or 2 issues. There's an engaging plot and great art of space battles but it starts in media res and just sort of ends. Like not a proper conclusion so It is my understanding that this is an Alphabet Squadron tie-in and I haven't read that yet so perhaps that's why this didn't click for me. I say my understanding because aside from a variant cover shown in the gallery, no mention is made of the book, Alphabet Squadron. I also say my understanding because this absolutely feels like it is short 1 or 2 issues. There's an engaging plot and great art of space battles but it starts in media res and just sort of ends. Like not a proper conclusion so much as they were giving a 30 minute presentation in a 15 minute time frame and stopped talking when they ran out of time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    C

    This really isn't that bad at all. Flat out, though, I'm getting a little tired of stories that say that the space Nazis aren't really bad - just misunderstood. *sigh* It comes at a great disconnect from Alphabet Squadron as well, in my opinion. The tone is very different and it just doesn't mesh for me. On its own, it isn't a bad read. The characters are interesting and the plot is breezy and makes sense. It's just in the grander scheme there are getting to be *so many* stories in new canon (and This really isn't that bad at all. Flat out, though, I'm getting a little tired of stories that say that the space Nazis aren't really bad - just misunderstood. *sigh* It comes at a great disconnect from Alphabet Squadron as well, in my opinion. The tone is very different and it just doesn't mesh for me. On its own, it isn't a bad read. The characters are interesting and the plot is breezy and makes sense. It's just in the grander scheme there are getting to be *so many* stories in new canon (and the EU to be fair) about Imperials who were on the wrong side for their own "good" reasons. It just gets old after a while and feels a bit tone deaf in our current political climate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    Great art, and interesting characters, but too short to be as engaging as Stackpole's Rogue Squadron series for Dark Horse. Felt like they set a lot of things up, and then killed off those threads in the next issue. Maybe some of these characters will show up later in the Alphabet Squadron novels. Otherwise it feels like the pilot of a tv show and the series finale rolled into one, with none of the development in between. Started out as a four star review but I talked myself down to three. Maybe Great art, and interesting characters, but too short to be as engaging as Stackpole's Rogue Squadron series for Dark Horse. Felt like they set a lot of things up, and then killed off those threads in the next issue. Maybe some of these characters will show up later in the Alphabet Squadron novels. Otherwise it feels like the pilot of a tv show and the series finale rolled into one, with none of the development in between. Started out as a four star review but I talked myself down to three. Maybe after I finish Alphabet Squadron it'll change my perspective.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex Tiethoff

    A great end of the Rebellion era, Star Wars read. Though I'd expect no different fr Jody Houser. In these five issues, Houser and team not only throw readers into the near end of the Galactic Civil War but also draw them into the shared life of Shadow Wing. This run is also part of an excellent development in Star Wars lit: complex Imperials. SW is so black/white, light/dark, that it's nice to have gray. My only complaint is the "tie-in" nature of this book at times kept me thinking that I was A great end of the Rebellion era, Star Wars read. Though I'd expect no different fr Jody Houser. In these five issues, Houser and team not only throw readers into the near end of the Galactic Civil War but also draw them into the shared life of Shadow Wing. This run is also part of an excellent development in Star Wars lit: complex Imperials. SW is so black/white, light/dark, that it's nice to have gray. My only complaint is the "tie-in" nature of this book at times kept me thinking that I was missing something, i.e., from Alphabet Squadron. Overall a great read that I highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Man, I loved this. It reminds me so much of the Rogue Squadron books, in the best possible way. This couldn't be a better advertisement for Alphabet Squadron.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Good stuff here. Not as good as the ongoing Vader and Star Wars series, but still good. Interesting to see it from the Empire’s perspective, reminds me of the X-Wing series by Dark Horse, except their was better. In The Service of the Empire was sooooo good!! Recommended though

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This was a good and quick read that makes you want to watch hours of star fighter battles. It is a little chronologically confusing at times, but I think reading Alphabet Squadron will help that. I plan to read that soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    It’s a tie in to a novel and doesn’t even have an ending.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicis

    I know this is a tie-in to Alphabet Squadron so know i'll be forced to read that because I really want to know more about my girl Jeela. Also, that cliffhanger!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Biggsy

    This was a hard one for me to rate, I loved the characters but I didn’t feel the plot I did enjoy this but I could of loved it

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A cool look at life as a TIE Fighter pilot. The story is a bit choppy, with flashback scenes hinting at a bigger story for some of the characters, but an enjoyable read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aneez

    An ambiguous ending that undermined the whole book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adam Nađvegi

  29. 5 out of 5

    TDG505

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wijntjes

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