Star Wars Age Of Resistance Rose Tico #1,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Tom Taylor
(A) Leonard Kirk
(CA) Phil Noto
MY HERO' Sisters. Friends. Co-pilots. Growing up, Rose and Paige Tico were everything to each other. Until the First Order tore their world apart. See the bond between Rose and Paige before it was forever broken. Rated T
Date Available: 09/04/2019
When we meet Rose Tico in 'The Last Jedi', she is hero worshipping Finn. He is not being heroic. He's trying to steal a ship to help Rey. He is concerned about his friend, not about the resistance.
Rose tases him. Her sister has just died, and she's been stopping deserters all day. She can't bear the thought of anyone else keeping their special people alive when hers are gone.
I don't think you can 'desert' a rebellion. Its not how it works when everyone is a volunteer.
They both need something to do in a movie where nothing is happening, so they are partnered together out of a necessity called 'plot contrivance'. If they can just work together, maybe they'll understand where the other is coming from. (Revolutionary stuff.) It leads to an untrustworthy character betraying them because they are stupid.
Finn and Rose steal a First Order shuttle (because everyone steals shuttles...it's Star Wars and we have to repeat ourselves), fly it straight to the hidden resistance base the last 400 survivors of their stupidity have fled to, fly it INTO that base with TIE Fighters right behind them, blasting dozens more survivors into mist. Mist, no matter how nice, can't help the resistance.
By the end of 'Last Jedi', Rose has changed her mind about saving people, because she wants to save Finn, who is finally doing something truly heroic and non self-serving. In 'saving' Finn, she allows the First Order to blow a hole through to the people who survived Rose and Finn bringing the enemy to the gate. This leaves a body count so large that the survivors can all fit on the Millennium Falcon.
Rose, turning selfish like Finn, gets the majority of the people left to fight the First Order all kinds of killed.
Whether or not there should be deserters in a volunteer army, there are absolutely traitors. 'Rise of Skywalker' should open with Rose's trial and death sentence. She single handedly caused as much damage to the resistance as she could have hoped for if she'd been a First Order spy. She is the single worst character in Star Wars, and Star Wars has kid Anakin.
The comic here doesn't follow either of her positions in the movie. Here, she seems to want to help, she knows she can't be everywhere at once, and wants to direct her energy to doing the most damage to the First Order in the big picture instead of the short term. Tom Taylor does a nice job with some damage control, trying to make this a character to have a rooting interest in. (The art is also nice.) That's fine, but not consistent with what we've already seen. That's a perfect scenario for a character introduced in 'Last Jedi'. Anything can mean anything, there's no need for consistency or consequence, and what has come before need not be reflected in what is occurring now.
Kelly Marie Tran is a perfectly lovely human being and actress who's career will probably be permanently damaged by her participation in 'Last Jedi'.(Notice how Rian Johnson could have given her a role in his new film after hanging her out to dry and did not.) The social media abuse she received is unwarranted and unforgivable. Its the real tragedy of 'Last Jedi'.
I give it 3 out of 10 Grahams