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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

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    AGamarra

    Esta serie de 4 cómics vendría a ser el preludio a la última película de la más reciente trilogía de Star Wars que ya se estrena pronto en Diciembre. Además de ello también han salido algunos cómics de Héroes y Villanos que cuentan acontecimientos, a mi parecer más interesantes y se viene el Diciembre el cómic de Kylo Ren. Aquí se cuenta la misión de la Resistencia para poder recomponer su flota, para lo cual van a la ciudad de Mon Cala a tratar de tener nuevamente la alianza que tuvieron en Esta serie de 4 cómics vendría a ser el preludio a la última película de la más reciente trilogía de Star Wars que ya se estrena pronto en Diciembre. Además de ello también han salido algunos cómics de Héroes y Villanos que cuentan acontecimientos, a mi parecer más interesantes y se viene el Diciembre el cómic de Kylo Ren. Aquí se cuenta la misión de la Resistencia para poder recomponer su flota, para lo cual van a la ciudad de Mon Cala a tratar de tener nuevamente la alianza que tuvieron en tiempos del Imperio. Por otro lado Finn y Poe son destacados a otra misión. Aventuras bastante tibias que se quedan justo en eso cuando la primera Orden con el General Hux llega a plantarles cara. Lo que sigue se verá en la película.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Actually surprisingly liked this

  5. 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.

  6. 5 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    One thing I am excited for after The Rise of Skywalker is more freedom to tell stories with Resistance era characters and situations. This was a fun series that leads right up to the events in Rise of Skywalker. I was glad to see that Mon Calamari is still part of the pushback against the Empire/First Order. I am excited to see these elements play out in the film in some capacity and to see more stories in this era.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheldon

    The problem with stories like this is that the movies are the main medium in the franchise, so the audience is expected to understand the movies as standalones. This makes stories like this one feel superfluous and packing the gravity to give the story and the stakes weight. As a result, we get a story that doesn't feel like it matters a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. While still mildly interesting, this one is just for the Star Wars fans

  14. 5 out of 5

    Martijn Van

    This is the 3rd road to the rise of skywalker story i dead. Its not as bad and pointless as Spark of the resistance and not as good as Resistance reborn. An okay comic with some nice nods to earlier maintitle comics and the galaxy's edge comic. Above all we finally see some characterdevelopment on Rey. Poe and Finn sfilm havent kissed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Philipp Grzemba

    Amazing Art by the wonderful Luke Ross, but infuriatingly pointless and bland plot full of random stuff, stupid character actions and little to no sense make this an absolutely boring Scooby Doo Adventure. The Art is the only Reason why i can't rate it lower.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul Viebranz

    The film characters felt spot-on, and the connections to past comic storytelling felt natural; connecting the two makes the Star Wars galaxy feel rich with history, and even if this is a pretty light read, it's good fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Entertaining, but not particularly crucial in terms of story building. You'll get introduced to one new character who will appear in The Rise of Skywalker but will not be a big deal at all if you skip it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Fun Star Wars comics to prepare for the new Episode. Not as fun as the Age of Resistance series but still engaging

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jez Kim

    Debo admitir que me encanto el ultimo issue! Y ese 'discurso' fue super emotivo.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    A decent enough read before the film, with plenty of callbacks for previous eras. 3.5/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A fun little pre-episode 9 story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam Nicholson

    8/10

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    A quick adventure with the gang before The Rise of Skywalker. It was enjoyable, but isn't much on its own. We discussed this further in an episode of the All the Books Show: https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sammi Ann

    Read the comic issues... couldn't wait Read the comic issues... couldn't wait 😁

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Rey is as grumpy in this arc as she is in the Rise of Skywalker trailer. Also, I'm now really concerned about Mon Cala.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mcshane

    Good buildup to the movie It’s not so much a complete story as it is an appetizer, but the art is compelling and it does help fill the hole between films!

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Whalen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Butler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan Tylka

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