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BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy! Collecting: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - ALLEGIANCE #1-#4


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BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy! Collecting: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - ALLEGIANCE #1-#4

30 review for Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Allegiance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Marco Checcheto’s covers are phenomenal, but Ethan Sacks’s story and interior art by Luke Ross never do them justice. Meant to serve as a bridge between the fallout from The Last Jedi and the forthcoming film, The Rise of Skywalker, the story doesn’t do as much as it potentially could with its four issues, and that likely comes down to editorial mandates from the Lucasfilm story group. The book as a whole, right up through its anticlimactic non-ending, is largely an unsatisfying appetizer for Marco Checcheto’s covers are phenomenal, but Ethan Sacks’s story and interior art by Luke Ross never do them justice. Meant to serve as a bridge between the fallout from The Last Jedi and the forthcoming film, The Rise of Skywalker, the story doesn’t do as much as it potentially could with its four issues, and that likely comes down to editorial mandates from the Lucasfilm story group. The book as a whole, right up through its anticlimactic non-ending, is largely an unsatisfying appetizer for the main course that will be Episode IX due out in a couple more weeks. The story is paper thin, revolving around General Organa’s attempts to bring the Mon Calamari to the side of the Resistance. Finn and Poe, meanwhile, are trying to secure an old Rebel-era weapons cache as they’re being tracked by bounty hunters. We do get some neat scenes illustrating just how evil The First Order has become under now-Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, who carries out acts of violence against neutral worlds where not even the Empire stooped so low, but there’s not much else happening here. Sacks’s dialogue doesn’t always ring true, and Ross’s art is largely unformed, giving his characters shape but little in the way of actual definition. Poe, for instance, is largely unrecognizable and there are times where Chewbacca looks more like the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz than a threatening Wookie. For the most part, Ross’s pencils give us rough approximations of each of these characters, but there’s nothing visually interesting or engaging to really latch on to, and sadly the same is true of Sacks’s script work. It’s almost as if Sacks was told to stay away from anything conceptually interesting or plot points with definitive weight, so we don’t get to see Rey really engage with her Jedi training beyond anything we’ve already seen in The Last Jedi, right down to a riff on the ‘moving rocks’ climax of that film, only here it’s some cargo crates Force-pushed to create a timely barrier. I kept hoping something meatier was going to happen story-wise, and then, wouldn’t you know it, I hit the last page of the fourth issue and the book was done. My advice? Skip this book and instead pick up Rebecca Roanhorse’s prose novel, Rebellion Reborn for your Journey to the Rise of Skywalker fix.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Welcome to “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance”….or as I also like to call it, “your bi-yearly comic book reminder that there’s a new “Star Wars” movie coming out in December.” Like the YA-novel “Spark of the Resistance” before it, “Star Wars: Allegiance” is less a fully fleshed out narrative than it is a story-length advertisement for “The Rise of Skywalker.” That doesn’t mean that it’s devoid of artistic merit – anytime you’ve got Luke Ross onboard doing pencils, you’re Welcome to “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance”….or as I also like to call it, “your bi-yearly comic book reminder that there’s a new “Star Wars” movie coming out in December.” Like the YA-novel “Spark of the Resistance” before it, “Star Wars: Allegiance” is less a fully fleshed out narrative than it is a story-length advertisement for “The Rise of Skywalker.” That doesn’t mean that it’s devoid of artistic merit – anytime you’ve got Luke Ross onboard doing pencils, you’re going to get at least some material that’s worthwhile– but it is at least worth emphasizing: don’t go into “Allegiance” expecting the next great “Star Wars” tale. Teases for what to expect story-wise in Episode XI? Absolutely. Character work for Rey, Finn, Poe that helps to build upon where we last left them in “The Last Jedi”? Yes, sir. Fun allusions to the broader “Star Wars” canon? Yeppers – all here. But a great story, with thematic depth and emotional stakes? Nope. This is a commercial in comic book form, designed as just one part of a broader marketing campaign for “The Rise of Skywalker” to tease and wet the pallet, and nothing more. So long as you go into it expecting that and only that, you’ll probably find “Allegiance” reasonably satisfying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heaven Ashlee

    A pretty good short story. It didn't add too much to the actual storyline but I liked seeing Finn and Poe's interactions and Rey is always a delight to read about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tiago

    One of the few limited series that really felt like canon material, with that said, the mission felt pretty routine. Leia fly up to Mon Cala to bring the planet of Admiral Ackbar back into the resistance, they talk to the rulers, a group of opposers confront them, they fight, same old same old, there's even your typical trial by combat rule. Finn and Poe side was completely pointless and I also didn't like Luke Ross's art as much as I usually do, feels like he's going for a more photorealistic One of the few limited series that really felt like canon material, with that said, the mission felt pretty routine. Leia fly up to Mon Cala to bring the planet of Admiral Ackbar back into the resistance, they talk to the rulers, a group of opposers confront them, they fight, same old same old, there's even your typical trial by combat rule. Finn and Poe side was completely pointless and I also didn't like Luke Ross's art as much as I usually do, feels like he's going for a more photorealistic style here, similar to the one they use on the core Star Wars series, not a fan. Mildly entertaining, only recommended to hardcore Star Wars fans, or people who wanna warm-up for the new movie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    It's not terrible. The story is mundane—the only detail that Disney is showing in the lead-up to The Rise of Skywalker is that the few Resistance people are frantically traveling around the galaxy trying to find more people and resources. That's all Resistance Reborn had to say, and it's all this graphic novel series has to say. Also in both of these books, Rey comes across as a petulant teenager, which isn't how she seems in the movies. However, this book reminds me more of the classic Star Wars It's not terrible. The story is mundane—the only detail that Disney is showing in the lead-up to The Rise of Skywalker is that the few Resistance people are frantically traveling around the galaxy trying to find more people and resources. That's all Resistance Reborn had to say, and it's all this graphic novel series has to say. Also in both of these books, Rey comes across as a petulant teenager, which isn't how she seems in the movies. However, this book reminds me more of the classic Star Wars comics than most of the current graphic novel series have. The adventuring is a bit silly, and it has a momentum to it that works well. I also really like the artwork. Finally, a Star Wars artist who isn't afraid to draw characters in different costumes than they wear in the movies, and in different poses. I appreciate that Luke Ross is confident enough to draw the characters as he sees them. They don't have to look exactly as they do in the movies. The story flows across the pages really nicely. I don't understand why Admiral Ackbar was was so uninvolved in his son's life. He was really that busy with Resistance stuff that he couldn't take some time off here and there to be with his family? That's a disappointing trait to add to a beloved character.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Fairly fun story set between VIII and IX, which also ties a little back to the main Star Wars comic when Leia was previous on Mon Cala looking for ships. Though how much it'll tie into the movie remains to be seen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Actually surprisingly liked this

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicis

    The Leia-Rey-Rose side of the comic was good. The Finn and Poe one wasn't. It balances out i guess. Kudos to the art, tho. It's weird for a Star Wars comic to have constant good definition on the faces of the characters so I really appreciate it here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Lawner

    An alright in-between chapter for The Rise of Skywalker, but it could’ve been better. I would’ve liked to see more of Kylo Ren and how he has become accustomed to being Supreme Leader of the First Order and seeing more of Rey training; and perhaps a scene where Kylo tries to communicate with Rey using the Force? And speaking of Rey, she seemed oddly portrayed in this, like she talks to herself when she’s alone, and she seems pretty gung-ho about wanting to put herself on the line in order to An alright in-between chapter for The Rise of Skywalker, but it could’ve been better. I would’ve liked to see more of Kylo Ren and how he has become accustomed to being Supreme Leader of the First Order and seeing more of Rey training; and perhaps a scene where Kylo tries to communicate with Rey using the Force? And speaking of Rey, she seemed oddly portrayed in this, like she talks to herself when she’s alone, and she seems pretty gung-ho about wanting to put herself on the line in order to protect others. The artwork was good, I liked how it looked, and each side of the storyline like Finn and Poe’s side and Rey & Co.’s side had their own kind of unique color palette. Overall, it doesn’t provide too much interesting setup for The Rise of Skywalker, and I feel something like this could’ve been a TV special (which something Lucasfilm should’ve seriously considered when they started making more Star Wars content). Also, it was actually kinda cool seeing Leia, Rey and Rose teaming up in this, but not much else is done. There could’ve been some good character-building moments and dynamics made between Rey and Rose, but sadly nothing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex Tiethoff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fun tie-in to The Rise of Skywalker. On a mission to secure weapons for the Resistance, Finn and Poe are entangled with the new favorite bounty hunter crew that appear all over the new Star Wars canon. Leia, Rey, Rose, Chewie, and C-3PO secure so me ships and support from Mon Cala at the cost of betrayal and First Order presence on the amphibious planet. Allegiance works at a tie-in by setting the stage for Episode IX and having some fun fan nods without being too essential.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    I don't expect much from these movie tie-in comics, but it is fun to note that this is the first time I've managed to read a book like this before watching the related movie. This mini-series had the various characters on separate missions again that were of some value to the Resistance as a whole while avoiding any risk of affecting the movie's story. So it's largely okay but nothing amazing or significant. It's a collection of stories that you can live without reading before watching the movie. I don't expect much from these movie tie-in comics, but it is fun to note that this is the first time I've managed to read a book like this before watching the related movie. This mini-series had the various characters on separate missions again that were of some value to the Resistance as a whole while avoiding any risk of affecting the movie's story. So it's largely okay but nothing amazing or significant. It's a collection of stories that you can live without reading before watching the movie. Even as a completist the series has minimal value.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Catie

    Eh, it needed more Kylo Ren in it. Also, why is Rey so weird in this one?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This graphic novel suffered for its weird personality characterizations, especially of Rey.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C

    Short version of this review: I was just not feeling this one at all. That really sums up pretty much everything that I am about to say so you can probably safely skip the rest of my review to be quite honest. But because I have been feeling verbose lately, (it comes and goes…) I will type out more of my thoughts than anyone needed on this graphic novel. Alrightey then. What we have here, in my opinion, is probably the most forgettable chapter of the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker mini saga. By Short version of this review: I was just not feeling this one at all. That really sums up pretty much everything that I am about to say so you can probably safely skip the rest of my review to be quite honest. But because I have been feeling verbose lately, (it comes and goes…) I will type out more of my thoughts than anyone needed on this graphic novel. Alrightey then. What we have here, in my opinion, is probably the most forgettable chapter of the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker mini saga. By now we know the deal – these Journey to… books never offer much of what they promise really. You have to enjoy them for what they are rather than hoping for tiny threads of information and hint which are pretty meager when they do come. A lot of them this time around have at least had some meat to their bones, some interesting tales at least. This one… Well, it just doesn’t. In truth, this one could have been titled “Star Wars: The one where we meet a new Ackbar family member and a bunch of nothing happens that we haven’t seen before in the Clone Wars.” That would have been a better title. I am certainly not one who needs constant action in my Star Wars. In fact, I love the politics and quieter moments of the galaxy far far away and feel like the comics in particular (but a lot of the new canon books) just aren’t taking the time to explore world building or character building rather than having everyone shoot at everyone else all of the time. That said, maybe this book could have used a bit more shooting. (That is mostly a joke but maybe only 60% of one.) Here's the deal: Leia goes to Mon Cala to ask them to join the resistance much like they joined the rebellion. There’s some politics, some intrigue – though none of it is handled particularly deftly in my opinion and in the end, this young member of Ackbar’s family joins them with a handful of ships. That’s it. That is the grand sum of what five issues of a comic achieved. Now, I don’t mind a slower story that is focused on what is happening around the heroes, around the galaxy that they live in. But this is not that story. The story here somehow manages to feel both shallow and slow at the same time. While there is little action, there are even fewer intriguing moments based around the characters. I hate saying it, but the whole tale feels very much like a waste of time in the end. It is not entirely without merit. I’ve read worse for sure, and the art is decent. Much like the other Journey to the Rise of Skywalker books, though, it is constricted heavily; not allowed to venture too far beyond The Last Jedi and not allowed to change the status quo for our heroes in any meaningful way. Because I hate writing really negative reviews, I will end with a few positives. It was nice to see Rose as a main part of the crew and having a couple of action scenes, Rey felt particularly well-written for the most part here, and I absolutely loved the moment when we saw the Mon Calamari version of Mount Rushmore. That was a lot of fun. Overall, though, I won’t be sad to leave behind these “journey to…” books series. They just feel a little claustrophobic and don’t add much to the overarching story in the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    (view spoiler)[Synopsis: Allegiance picks up with the Resistance hopping planet to planet, running from the First Order. The First Order makes a point of destroying planets who have helped the Resistance. Leia, Rey, Rose, Chewie and C-3PO go to Mon Cala, home of Admiral Ackbar, in hopes they will give them ships and pilots. Citizens of Mon Cala that don't want Resistance there, attack Rey, Rose, and Chewie and snitch to the First Order that they're on Mon Cala. To clear their names in the eyes (view spoiler)[Synopsis: Allegiance picks up with the Resistance hopping planet to planet, running from the First Order. The First Order makes a point of destroying planets who have helped the Resistance. Leia, Rey, Rose, Chewie and C-3PO go to Mon Cala, home of Admiral Ackbar, in hopes they will give them ships and pilots. Citizens of Mon Cala that don't want Resistance there, attack Rey, Rose, and Chewie and snitch to the First Order that they're on Mon Cala. To clear their names in the eyes of the king, Rey volunteers to battle to the death (or submission) against this security droid who belongs to the leader of the Mon Cala group that attacked them. Rey is off her game and Rose interferes to save Rey from the droid. As Leia and her group attempt to leave Mon Cala, someone tries to assassinate them, but Rey uses the force to shield them from the blast. Leia gives a speech about hope and Mon Cala agrees to help the Resistance. Admiral Ackbar's son sacrifices himself to distract the First Order, who have arrived above Mon Cala, while Leia and the others escape. Meanwhile, Poe and Finn deal with some bounty hunters who are after Finn, while in search of a weapons cache on a garbage planet. (hide spoiler)] It's not bad, but after I finished it, I asked myself, what was the point of this? I guess it's supposed to show how the Resistance builds itself back up after the Last Jedi, but it isn't like Mon Cala is going to be able to help after the events in this comic. Don't get me wrong the stuff with Leia and Rey on Mon Cala is the best stuff in this comic. I'm a sucker for Rey, even though, I felt like she was a bit of a hothead in this, which she is in the movies, I guess. She seems to be having a hard time connecting with the force after Last Jedi, but it's not explained. Then she finds her groove again by the end, so I guess that's that. Rose also has more to do here than in the Rise of Skywalker. Finn and Poe's stuff really dragged for me. They outsmart the bounty hunters, get the weapons cache and that's about it. There wasn't anything all that interesting about it. Well, the one thing that stuck out was the absolutely ridiculous way Poe Saves Finn at the end. I know it's a comic, but come on, guys. I can't really say it's a must read because there isn't a whole lot here. If the comic is free, I'd say there are worse ways to spend thirty minutes, but don't spend money on it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Really, really underwhelming. The "Journey to... The Rise of Skywalker" novels have been quite good, but this graphic novel was bogged down by sloppy art, poor writing, and lazy characterization. The Poe series and the "Shattered Empire" series (episode VII's equivalent to this series, "Allegiance") were both very strong, understood their characters, had good art and decent enough dialogue. This book was honestly a chore, an enormous let-down on the narrative, artistic, and character front. Really, really underwhelming. The "Journey to... The Rise of Skywalker" novels have been quite good, but this graphic novel was bogged down by sloppy art, poor writing, and lazy characterization. The Poe series and the "Shattered Empire" series (episode VII's equivalent to this series, "Allegiance") were both very strong, understood their characters, had good art and decent enough dialogue. This book was honestly a chore, an enormous let-down on the narrative, artistic, and character front. Biggest grievances: - cocky/bored Rey (who monologues about how she thinks she's a bigger deal than how she is being treated). very inconsistent with anything we've seen before, including novels etc. set in the same time frame. - there were times characters described, verbally, out loud, what was happening out-of-frame, because the artist seemed to lack the confidence to draw it. characters narrating what is happening because the action was sloppy. - characters were indistinguishable from one another (Rey, Connix and Rose all hard to identify from each other in action/profile shots, when they look nothing alike in real life or in film). - unrelated characters in unrelated plots using the same expressions/jokes as other characters had used a page or two earlier. - characters monologuing to explain things that needed no explanation - while really intriguing elements/visuals received no context or explanation when they really should have.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    This graphic novel takes place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Like most Star Wars comics, our heroes split up and go on different missions that loosely connect to eachother. Finn and Poe go together, while Leia, Rey, Rose, and Chewbacca head to Mon Cala. We haven't gotten to know our new heroes quite yet so it's nice to see them interacting. I really enjoyed seeing Poe and Finn together. Their onscreen chemistry translates well. I liked the amount of physical contact that is This graphic novel takes place between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Like most Star Wars comics, our heroes split up and go on different missions that loosely connect to eachother. Finn and Poe go together, while Leia, Rey, Rose, and Chewbacca head to Mon Cala. We haven't gotten to know our new heroes quite yet so it's nice to see them interacting. I really enjoyed seeing Poe and Finn together. Their onscreen chemistry translates well. I liked the amount of physical contact that is shown between them. I'm still hoping for a romantic relationship confirmation in The Rise of Skywalker, but I'm not banking on it. Rey's voice felt off to me this whole volume. Her actions and her dialogue just seemed off to me. Rey's actions in the second half of the volume more reflect her character, in my opinion. Rose on the other hand is portrayed very accurately and I loved seeing more of her. We get to see Mon Cala again, which has been popular in the comics. Admiral Ackbar's son makes an appearance. There's also a Clawdite shapeshifter, which has also been popular within the comics as well. I like seeing the new heroes in comics, but this story just wasn't exciting. I think I would have preferred if the focus had been on just one mission. Or if the stakes seemed higher. Again, I don't know what happens next in The Rise of Skywalker so maybe there's allusions to the future that I can't pick up on yet. I give this graphic novel a 3/5.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    I have to say, i’ve read the entirety of Disney’s new star wars comic line, and even though i’ve enjoyed some series a lot more than others, the quality on all of them have been pretty high. While some series, especially the one-offs (Mace Windu, Dark Visions, I’m looking at you), feel mostly like a cash grab with little substance, i still appreciate them and you could still tell that care and effort went into them. However, Allegiance feels like a rushed mess, both narratively and visually. It’s I have to say, i’ve read the entirety of Disney’s new star wars comic line, and even though i’ve enjoyed some series a lot more than others, the quality on all of them have been pretty high. While some series, especially the one-offs (Mace Windu, Dark Visions, I’m looking at you), feel mostly like a cash grab with little substance, i still appreciate them and you could still tell that care and effort went into them. However, Allegiance feels like a rushed mess, both narratively and visually. It’s often hard to tell what’s going on in a frame (especially during the action sequences), some of the characters (especially Rey) have dialogue that seems completely out of character, and overall the story doesn’t feel like it was very necessary to tell, especially compared to the Resistance Reborn novel. The setting’s callback to the later issues of the flagship Star Wars comic series also doesn’t feel very earned or satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s canon I’ll read it. But i think i maybe had too high hopes that i’d find out something interesting about the characters or the resistance in general from this series, and instead it feels like this entire comic could have been distilled to a couple sentences in another story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    At the end of The Last Jedi, Leia put out a call for all allies to come assist her on Crait as the Resistance was being invaded by the First Order and things looked very bleak. Her call was not answered, and the Resistance was barely able to escape with their lives. Here in Allegiance, Leia/Rey/Rose get sent out to Mon Cala to seek their support in the war. With the loss of Admiral Ackbar when their capital ship was destroyed over Takodana, they are very reluctant to help (and we find in other At the end of The Last Jedi, Leia put out a call for all allies to come assist her on Crait as the Resistance was being invaded by the First Order and things looked very bleak. Her call was not answered, and the Resistance was barely able to escape with their lives. Here in Allegiance, Leia/Rey/Rose get sent out to Mon Cala to seek their support in the war. With the loss of Admiral Ackbar when their capital ship was destroyed over Takodana, they are very reluctant to help (and we find in other pre-RoS stories this is true for many allies) by committing more troops and ships to a war they are pretty sure the First Order will win. Turns out there is a plot by the Quarren and a few of the Mon Cala, which they clear up. Mon Cala declares itself for the Resistance. Meanwhile, Finn and Poe head off on a mission to find a weapons cache and find themselves running from a gang of criminals. Overall, this was exactly what I needed (in addition to re-watching the movies) to get ready for RoS. Strong recommend. It's a great, fast-paced story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    SkittishElf

    I find myself disappointed in a lot of Star Wars books, as they so often fail to add anything to my understanding of the characters, world, or greater story. So when I saw this at the book store I had to ask, "Do I need this? Do I have to read this?" Well, no, I didn't. But I am glad I did. The art was fantastic, and the story was far more interesting and involved than most Star Wars comics. I felt we were shown a glimpse (however small) into how the current main characters are feeling after the I find myself disappointed in a lot of Star Wars books, as they so often fail to add anything to my understanding of the characters, world, or greater story. So when I saw this at the book store I had to ask, "Do I need this? Do I have to read this?" Well, no, I didn't. But I am glad I did. The art was fantastic, and the story was far more interesting and involved than most Star Wars comics. I felt we were shown a glimpse (however small) into how the current main characters are feeling after the events of The Last Jedi, and perhaps got to know them just a little bit better. The plot was definitely made more interesting by the fact that it is a continuation of the film storyline, and not just a stand alone. I also appreciated getting to see four (at least?) different worlds, and getting some insight into the culture of two of them. Anyway, I enjoyed this one. If you're a fan of the sequel trilogy and excited for Rise of Skywalker, I would recommend. Otherwise just wait for the movie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elijah Prusa

    Although it was fun to see the heroics of Rey, Rose, Leia, Finn, and Poe this story set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it feels rather aimless and bland. The one purely positive bit I can say about Allegiance is that puts Rey and Rose together, a relationship that works incredibly well and is fun to see. I personally believe this comic suffers due to the fact that it was released before The Rise of Skywalker, and the Lucasfilm Story Group probably wanted to avoid any canonical Although it was fun to see the heroics of Rey, Rose, Leia, Finn, and Poe this story set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it feels rather aimless and bland. The one purely positive bit I can say about Allegiance is that puts Rey and Rose together, a relationship that works incredibly well and is fun to see. I personally believe this comic suffers due to the fact that it was released before The Rise of Skywalker, and the Lucasfilm Story Group probably wanted to avoid any canonical inconsistencies to the film. Even though this story worked, the plot was incredibly unoriginal and the end is very anticlimactic; nothing of importance happens, only what one would assume would occur between Episodes VIII and IX. Yes, it works as story to fill in this tumultuous period of time, but it struggles to stand on its own and left me feeling a little unsatisfied.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The art was great but the story was terrible. Nothing happened and for something that was advertised as part of the journey to RoS it didn't really give us any substance of what happened in between the two movies. I suppose they couldn't really put in much considering Disney wants the general public to not feel like they missed anything when they don't read any of the books/comics, but still, nothing changes between the status of the heroes at the beginning and the end. They don't even find any The art was great but the story was terrible. Nothing happened and for something that was advertised as part of the journey to RoS it didn't really give us any substance of what happened in between the two movies. I suppose they couldn't really put in much considering Disney wants the general public to not feel like they missed anything when they don't read any of the books/comics, but still, nothing changes between the status of the heroes at the beginning and the end. They don't even find any allies, which I feel like they definitely could have met with some minor successes that wouldn't really need to be explained in the movie, they just have a few more people at the base with them in the beginning of the movie. All in all, I was interested in this initially, but it is thoroughly skippable and forgettable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Mixed. There are essentially two stories here, one better than the other. Finn and Poe have gone on a fairly generic mission to obtain weapons, and run afoul of some fairly generic bounty hunters who I guess may show up in the movie. The other, better story has Leia going to Mon Cala to try to recruit, with Rose and Rey in tow. This actually felt like a real story with real consequences. There is, of course, the actual process of making allies on Mon Cala, but there's also a look at a much Mixed. There are essentially two stories here, one better than the other. Finn and Poe have gone on a fairly generic mission to obtain weapons, and run afoul of some fairly generic bounty hunters who I guess may show up in the movie. The other, better story has Leia going to Mon Cala to try to recruit, with Rose and Rey in tow. This actually felt like a real story with real consequences. There is, of course, the actual process of making allies on Mon Cala, but there's also a look at a much harsher First Order, one that doesn't respect neutrality and is happy to crush any planet that doesn't fall into line. I think these are things we can expect to have happened in the break between movies: the Resistance has made allies and the First Order has gotten even worse. Character development, though? Yeah, not much of that around.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Ethan Sacks pairs with Luke Ross to bring us one key element that will lead us to Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the reconstruction of the Resistance fleet. On one end, Leia, Chewie, Rose and Rey travel to Mon Cala to plead for help, but not everyone is happy to see the Princess turned General, especially when the First Order has been known to punish everyone who helps the Resistance. Meanwhile, Finn and Poe have a separate mission to retrieve an old Rebel weapons cache, but they find out a Ethan Sacks pairs with Luke Ross to bring us one key element that will lead us to Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the reconstruction of the Resistance fleet. On one end, Leia, Chewie, Rose and Rey travel to Mon Cala to plead for help, but not everyone is happy to see the Princess turned General, especially when the First Order has been known to punish everyone who helps the Resistance. Meanwhile, Finn and Poe have a separate mission to retrieve an old Rebel weapons cache, but they find out a bounty hunter gang, that has appeared in a previous (but chronologically placed further) comic. In the end, there is another cliffhanger, which will only be resolved until the release of the movie. The story is fine, but since the issues came every week instead of every month, Luke Ross' art feels really rushed in for the last issue.

  25. 4 out of 5

    RumBelle

    This dual storyline graphic novel sees our heroes, from the old trilogy and the new, fighting to aid the Resistance. Leia and Rey are on a mission to Mon Cala to try to get them to join the fight, but many are afraid of First Order reprisal and want to remain isolationist. Leia is really in fantastic form in this story, even giving a rousing speech. She and Rey demonstrate what the fight is really all about, and what bowing out of it could mean. Meanwhile, Poe and Finn are on a seperate, but no This dual storyline graphic novel sees our heroes, from the old trilogy and the new, fighting to aid the Resistance. Leia and Rey are on a mission to Mon Cala to try to get them to join the fight, but many are afraid of First Order reprisal and want to remain isolationist. Leia is really in fantastic form in this story, even giving a rousing speech. She and Rey demonstrate what the fight is really all about, and what bowing out of it could mean. Meanwhile, Poe and Finn are on a seperate, but no less important, mission dealing with weapons. Each character really shows their strengths, and why the Resistance means so much. A rousing adventure.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Todd

    This four issue comic set after The Last Jedi and before Rise of Skywalker is...okay. It's just okay. The art is nice (the covers are beautiful) and the story moves along at a solid pace and is engaging enough. It suffers from not being able/allowed to do anything of real consequence because it deals with the main characters and is set inbetween movies. It had a good grasp of them, though, and it was really great to see Leia actually being a diplomat, and to see Mon Cala and Ackbar's son (who is This four issue comic set after The Last Jedi and before Rise of Skywalker is...okay. It's just okay. The art is nice (the covers are beautiful) and the story moves along at a solid pace and is engaging enough. It suffers from not being able/allowed to do anything of real consequence because it deals with the main characters and is set inbetween movies. It had a good grasp of them, though, and it was really great to see Leia actually being a diplomat, and to see Mon Cala and Ackbar's son (who is in Rise of Skywalker for approximately fifteen seconds with a single line of dialogue). If you're itching or some filler with the Sequel Squad, check this out, if not, don't bother.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Denise みか Hutchins

    It's hard to compete with the previous bridge story featuring Captain Phasma, but there wasn't anything to be disappointed in here. Of course, I loved seeing Rey do her stuff; she's definitely my favorite good guy from the new trilogy. I think maybe the most powerful aspect of this comic is the way it reminds us of everything Leia has lost throughout her story. She remains focused and undeterred despite it all, which shows much more than the movies do exactly why she's a leader worth following. It's hard to compete with the previous bridge story featuring Captain Phasma, but there wasn't anything to be disappointed in here. Of course, I loved seeing Rey do her stuff; she's definitely my favorite good guy from the new trilogy. I think maybe the most powerful aspect of this comic is the way it reminds us of everything Leia has lost throughout her story. She remains focused and undeterred despite it all, which shows much more than the movies do exactly why she's a leader worth following. I liked the inclusion at the end of some making-of notes; I didn't realize how many references to other Star Wars stories there were here!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Short, and serving as a placeholder between Episode VIII and IX, Allegiance attempts, I assume, to set up what’s going to happen in Rise of Skywalker. For that, I’ll give it some minor credit. But that’s about it. Overall, I found Allegiance to be much too short and really bringing nothing to the table. The writing was very so-so and what happens is a repeat of plot lines we’ve seen in the films, the titular Star Wars comic, and Ostrander’s Legacy line. What the hell is it with everyone’s Short, and serving as a placeholder between Episode VIII and IX, Allegiance attempts, I assume, to set up what’s going to happen in Rise of Skywalker. For that, I’ll give it some minor credit. But that’s about it. Overall, I found Allegiance to be much too short and really bringing nothing to the table. The writing was very so-so and what happens is a repeat of plot lines we’ve seen in the films, the titular Star Wars comic, and Ostrander’s Legacy line. What the hell is it with everyone’s fascination with Mon Cala?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I've read graphic novels before and while I certainly prefer novels, these can be a fun break. The whole Allegiance series, however, felt pretty darn rushed and a little disjointed. I hoped for more, but I understand this is just a lead up to Rise of Skywalker and we don't necessarily "need" it. That puts the creators in a tough place of needing to create an engaging plot while not revealing anything that spoils the upcoming storyline. A fun read, just maybe not worth the money.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcin

    Allegiance had a promising setup for a story, but never properly used its potential. After spending so much time on story of rise and fall of Mon Cala in mainline comics, return to this planet and showing it years after their mutiny was a nice touch. Finn and Poe side-adventure hunted by Galaxy's Edge bounty hunters was also a very cool idea. But the way every plot was resolved felt... well, dissapointing. It's sadly a not a good read.

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