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Star Wars Age of Resistance: General Hux #1 (Marvel Comics)
While the new installments in the Star Wars saga have introduced us to a lot of new characters, they don’t get a lot of time to devote to their backstories. That’s where Marvel’s new Age of Resistance one shots come in. Shining a light on characters like Supreme Leader Snoke, Rose, and General Hux, the star of this special, these one shots are able to get into the mindsets of these new additions to the saga in ways that the movies never can, and in the case of Tom Taylor and Leonard Kirk’s General Hux special, it showcases just how evil the First Order general can be.
Marooned on a planet with Kylo Ren following a ship malfunction, General Hux comes across a fellow marooned inhabitant, a former guard for Alderaan who was off world when the planet was destroyed. Using his cunning and ruthlessness, Hux has the means to get rid of Kylo Ren and take over the First Order for his own means…but will he really do it?
That’s something for Tom Taylor to tell you, but I will say that he really gets into the character in a way that the movies haven’t (at least not yet). Hux is a major bastard, and Taylor doesn’t try to soften him at all. But he does give you some reasonings for why Hux is as cold and driven as he is. Taylor’s strongest ability as a writer is his knack for characterizations, and he shows that off a ton with this series, giving us some great interpretations of not only Hux, but Kylo Ren as well.
Leonard Kirk’s art is probably the perfect fit for this kind of special. Able to make his characters look like the actors that portray them, but also not be too photorealistic, Kirk’s style is pretty fantastic, and able to handle whatever Taylor throws at him. From the First Order ship crashing to a young Hux on the verge of tears, Kirk is able to really give it his all and showcase his rock solid pencil work.
These different Star Wars specials have been pretty hit or miss quality wise, but General Hux stands out as one of the surprisingly great installments. It’s definitely going to be one that a lot of people will skip over, so if you’re in the mood for some more insight into the First Order’s star general, this is the book to get.