• Marie E. Wilson

REVIEW: Age of Resistance: Kylo Ren: "Out of the Shadow" written by Tom Taylor

I certainly can't say this was a ground-breaking issue. It pretty much covered everything we had already learned from Cobalt Squadron, Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter, and Bomber Command. No new information was revealed.

"Out of the Shadow" is a one-shot issue in the Age Of Resistance maxi-series focusing on Kylo Ren. It was written by Tom Taylor, illustrated by Leonard Kirk, Cory Hamscher, and Guru-eFX, and was published by Marvel Comics on September 25th, 2019.

I quite liked seeing the differences and similarities between Vader's and Kylo's campaigns, but I did NOT like how Kylo was made to appear more powerful than his grandfather. Anakin IS the Chosen One after all. He should be much more powerful than his confused and tortured grandson. But, there's no indication of when this particular one-shot takes place and perhaps it is after Kylo becomes Supreme Leader and he has nothing more to hold him back, so his powers are amping up tenfold.

As to the first dichotomy I mentioned, it was definitely humorous to imagine Kylo sitting in the giant chair meant for the huge Benathy. He would most definitely have looked like a child and King Kristoff was well aware of that fact...as was Kylo who, of course, refuses to sit down. Regardless, he had the situation well in hand and what was funny at first, quickly became quite terrifying.

We begin by meeting Captain Ruthford, an old guard from the Imperial days who still has his stormtrooper armor from back then. He refuses to put on the new First Order armor and instead wants to be comfortable in getting suited up again after being an officer for so long...although the fit is a bit snug. Turns out that Kylo wishes to essentially re-enact a campaign that Vader carried out on a planet in Wild Space inhabited by the Benathy. When Vader battled there many years before, only Captain Ruthford and the Dark Lord himself were left standing, although the Benathy were all but defeated as well...except for their "God."

The identity of their God was a HUGE surprise and while I don't want to reveal it because I don't want to spoil the surprise, I honestly can't help myself because I do have a question about how it works. Well, SPOILER ALERT: their God was a Zillobeast!! Now, I'm a little confused because these creatures are endemic to Malastare, which is a fancy ecological way of saying they can naturally only be found on this planet. So how in the world did a Zillobeast come to be found all the way out in Wild Space?? Did the Benathy move it there? Someone had to have transported it there and dropped it off because something that large and indestructible wouldn't be able to just catch a ride in the recesses of a ship accidentally. Now I want to know that story!! Ugh...again, more questions.

So overall, I did enjoy this issue very much with its intriguing dichotomies and new sentient species. I was thrown off by the Benathy's God's identity and Vader being played for a chump compared to Kylo. And I really want to know where in the timeline this story takes place! Regardless, it was a very interesting read and I do recommend it.

My Score: 7/10 because I don't like it when people down play my Anakin!

About Marie:

I am so excited to have joined the Beyond the Blast Doors Star Wars conversation! As a person who is deeply passionate about every aspect of the galaxy far, far away, I'm always looking for ways to spread my Star Wars joy and love.

I've spoken at cons and written articles on a variety of topics but one of my biggest passions is the canon literature. I hope to help you find your way through the Maelstrom because what is out there is truly amazing!

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