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Star Wars: Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy v. 1 [Paperback]

Brandon Badeaux , Rob Williams
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25 May 2007
The Rebel Alliance has struck a vital blow against the Galactic Empire by destroying their ultimate battlestation - the Death Star. As Rebel groups unite and civil war erupts across Empire star systems, who will be left standing in the wake of rebellion? Jedi Luke Skywalker and Imperial Officer Janek Sunber were once friends on Tatooine, years before the battle at Yavin IV. Now, they are enemies on opposite sides of the conflict, where loyalty can only be to the Empire...and their destinies. This explosive new series set between the events in "A New Hope" and "Return of the Jedi" launches a new era in the "Star Wars" saga, and is essential reading for those who wish to explore the universe beyond the blockbuster "Star Wars" movies!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845764609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845764609
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Williams is a rising British star. After his first work with 2000 AD, he exploded into American comics with CLA$$ WAR. Williams became a frequent contributor to Star Wars Tales, proving enormously popular. Brandon Badeaux has provided pencils for G.I. Joe, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman in addition to his extensive Star Wars work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, solid read 19 Jan 2009
By jenny
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For any comic book fans who are mostly interested in the Original Trilogy of Star Wars, the first of the Star Wars: Rebellion series is highly recommended. To start with, the plot focuses on a new storyline although major characters from the films like Luke, Leia and Han Solo are all prominent. A new character, Deena Shan, is introduced, who, along with her drunken flirtations towards Luke, adds a fresh aspect to the atmosphere of the Original Trilogy, making the graphic novel a mix of all the best bits of the OT and some more modern themes the OT didn't explore. This is mostly shown by two characters - Luke's childhood friend who turned to the Empire and confronts Luke as an adult, in turmoil due to his loyalty to the Empire as well as his friendship to Luke, and a Rebel engineer, who is tortured by the Empire and becomes a sleeper agent who returns to the Rebels who are oblivious to the fact he has been brainwashed. These two characters bring things into the plot which make you more invested into the characters but also add a darker theme to the era which the films (in my opinion) were lacking in. It also shows the fact that the Rebels being the "good" side is more ambiguous than we thought, because the conflict is not so black-and-white, and the Empire is not neccessarily "evil" - most notably when Luke's old friend in the Empire confronts the Rebels, accusing them of killing innocent people - "how many people do you think died when the Death Star was destroyed".

All in all, it's a good read. Don't get me wrong - it's not Shakespeare, but as far as graphic novels go, it's up there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rebellion relaunched 17 April 2007
By Daiho
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Last seen questioning the motives of the Empire and taking a beating from his childhood friend Luke Skywalker, Imperial Lieutenant Janek Sunber has grown out of his naiveté, thrown of his doubt, and is dedicated now to nothing more than hurting his old chum from Tatooine.

My Brother, My Enemy is a collection of the first five issues of Rebellion (plus the promotional issue #0), one of four new series from Dark Horse Comics launched in 2006 following the completion of the film franchise. This particular series is a retooled version of the rebellion in the days following the destruction of the first Death Star, and this volume picks up where The Wrong Side of the War (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 7) left off, with the rebels' mathematician Jorin Sol recovering from Imperial torture. What the Rebels don't yet know is that Sol has been programmed by the Empire to betray the location of the Alliance fleet. Lt Sunber, aka "Tank," meanwhile reveals to Darth Vader his relationship to Luke Skywalker, a confession that puts Sunber on the hook as bait for the farmboy hero of the Alliance.

Following their work together on Nomad, one of the better and longer stories of the now defunct anthology series, Star Wars Tales, British author Rob Williams and American artist Brandon Badeaux prove here that they are more than one-hit wonders. Badeaux presents some exceptionally fine work, particularly in a two-page space battle, a depiction reminiscent of the opening sequence from Revenge of the Sith, as well as the uniform design for Rebel Alliance special ops, tight-fitting black coveralls with matching black helmet and insignia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FRIEND OR VOE? 23 Nov 2012
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THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE REBELLION IS AWESOME.YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT LUKES FRIENS AND YOU DISCOVER NEW ADVENTURES WHICH INCLUDE HEROES AND VILANS AS ALWAYS.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK... 6 April 2011
By EMW
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I won't go into plot details as the other review has already done that quite well. However, having just finished this I am inclined to disagree with the 5 stars! It just didn't grip me like other star wars graphic novels, and while I can't quite put my finger on what, it was lacking something...to me it just felt a bit slow I suppose, and there wasn't much pacing or suspense. I mean, at the end of the day, you know nothing is going to happen to the main characters or the rebel alliance as they appear in the films set after this story! The artwork was Ok too, but again nothing special. For me, I'm afraid this was distinctly average.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars the way it should be written 12 April 2007
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read quite a few Dark Horse offerings in the continuing Star Wars line. To date, none has been as exciting as the first volume in the new Star Wars Rebellion series, "My Brother, My Enemy," set at the perfect time in the Star Wars chronology. Luke Skywalker has destroyed the Death Star and is the hero of the Rebellion, but the rebels are still on the run and Darth Vader is turning up every stone in the galaxy to find them.

There's no mention anywhere of Vader being Luke's father. And there are no siblings involved, either; Luke still has a crush on Leia, it seems, so the whole ick factor that spilled out in "Return of the Jedi" is still far away.

Besides Luke, Leia and the immortal Wedge Antilles, the Rebels in this tale have a strong and diverse cast of characters. On the other side, besides Vader, there's Janek "Tank" Sunber, a Tatooine native who was one of Luke's boyhood chums. Just how does it feel when one of your best friends is on the other side of a brutal conflict? This book examines the question from both perspectives.

Rob Williams has scripted a brilliant new chapter in the Star Wars saga. He has a firm grasp on the central characters from the legendary first film, and his new creations fit into the story like old friends. The tale itself is exciting, a page-turner that will only disappoint you when it ends.

The art, by illustrators Brandon Badeaux and Michel Lacombe and colorist Wil Glass, is exquisite. Lush, full and highly detailed, with rich depth and colors that leap from the page, this is the real deal. Heck, Luke and Leia even look like themselves, which is no sure thing in comics.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rebellion relaunched 11 April 2007
By Daiho - Published on Amazon.com
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Last seen questioning the motives of the Empire and taking a beating from his childhood friend Luke Skywalker, Imperial Lieutenant Janek Sunber has grown out of his naiveté, thrown of his doubt, and is dedicated now to nothing more than hurting his old chum from Tatooine.

My Brother, My Enemy is a collection of the first five issues of Rebellion (plus the promotional issue #0), one of four new series from Dark Horse Comics launched in 2006 following the completion of the film franchise. This particular series is a retooled version of the rebellion in the days following the destruction of the first Death Star, and this volume picks up where The Wrong Side of the War (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 7) left off, with the rebels' mathematician Jorin Sol recovering from Imperial torture. What the Rebels don't yet know is that Sol has been programmed by the Empire to betray the location of the Alliance fleet. Lt Sunber, aka "Tank," meanwhile reveals to Darth Vader his relationship to Luke Skywalker, a confession that puts Sunber on the hook as bait for the farmboy hero of the Alliance.

Following their work together on Nomad, one of the better and longer stories of the now defunct anthology series, Star Wars Tales, British author Rob Williams and American artist Brandon Badeaux prove here that they are more than one-hit wonders. Badeaux presents some exceptionally fine work, particularly in a two-page space battle, a depiction reminiscent of the opening sequence from Revenge of the Sith, as well as the uniform design for Rebel Alliance special ops, tight-fitting black coveralls with matching black helmet and insignia. Badeaux's style is so distinct that it is sorely missed in the middle chapter, penciled by Michael Lacombe (who has since taken over regular artwork on this ongoing series). The change in style is noticeable, but the switchover happens at the start of a dream sequence and by the time you're out of the dream, you've not noticed that it's the artist, and not the style, that's changed.

For reasons that are not evident from the story, Williams has written in the first person for three different characters, switching to third person for bridging scenes and for the finale. Besides having no obvious reason for this authorial conceit, especially for one of the minor characters, there seems in one case a clear reason not to use it - the reader is prematurely tipped to a character's motivation.

Where the scripter excels is in recapturing Luke's youth, who in this period is often written as an experienced pilot, fighter, motivator, strategist, and jack-of-all-military trades. In fact he should be more as portrayed here, a wide-eyed farm boy wanting to help and do well but with still much to learn and prone to misjudgment and mistakes. Williams also does a good job capturing Luke's old friend and current nemesis, Lt Janek Sunber, a boy from Tatooine who once showed some regret at having joined the Imperials but whose doubt has been consumed by a fiery rage at himself, rage he redirects at his childhood chum. A few new characters slated to reappear in future stories are so far largely unremarkable.

While not an exceptional addition to the Star Wars EU library, this first volume of Rebellion is a solid effort that holds promise for a grittier and darker version of the rebellion than we've seen previously. I'm personally looking forward to future volumes, though disappointed that Badeaux seems to have left the series for the time being.

Set in the days immediately following A New Hope, Rebellion is one of Dark Horse Comics' four new Star Wars series. Chronologically, Knights of the Old Republic takes place several thousand years before the film series, Dark Times in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars, Rebellion in the period following A New Hope, and Legacy some 100 years after Return of the Jedi.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The self-exploration of troubled Lt. Janek Sunber 1 May 2007
By Andrew Pruette - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark Horse Comics concluded their Empire comic series with an arc concerning Lieutenant Janek Sunber and his burgeoning internal crisis centered around the morality of his service to the Empire. Rebellion is a direct continuation of the Empire series and this sequence picks up right where Empire left off. In the last story arc, we learned that Lt. Sunber is in fact the "famous" Tank we first heard of in 1977 when Luke exclaimed "That's what you said when Biggs and Tank left" in A New Hope. Tank and Luke had a dramatic reunion and Tank was left reeling in shock that his best friend had joined the Rebellion.

Rebellion Volume One comprises issues zero through five. Issue Zero is a brief summary of events narrated in third-person to bring new readers up to speed. Issue One is entirely centered on Tank and deals with his inner turmoil; he no longer feels certain he is fighting on the right side of the war. This self-dialogue runs rather long for my tastes, but the art in the first issues is quite nice and the chaos around Tank as he journeys inward is an interesting reflection of what's in his mind.

Tank makes his decision on where he stands and sets off to join up with Luke and his friends. The storyline is somewhat predictable and doesn't really conclude much. The climax features an impressively large-scale battle which is quite visually exciting. I enjoy how Dark Horse continues to work prequel-era technology and vehicles into their stories, further linking the two film trilogies. One odd note is the art in the middle issue must have been drawn by different artists, as it takes a sudden left turn into a very simple style and then returns to how it started.

Several non-film characters are featured in this story arc. A segmented cyborg gangster, Raze, shows potential but doesn't have that much to do (yet). Tormented Rebel mathematician Jorin Sol is restored to the Alliance, but it is unclear whether he can be trusted after spending so long in the hands of Imperial tormentors. Luke partners up with the beautiful Rebel pilot Deena to attempt a rescue of Tank from an Imperial facility. Luke's credibility and Tank's trustworthiness are challenged by the intriguing Rebel spymaster Tungo Li.

Rebellion is slated to cover events from the Battle of Yavin to five years after, so there is plenty of fertile ground for the series creators to play in. These books overlap the era of the Marvel comics, but are completely different in tone (it is far more serious and dark in the modern comics). I assume there will be a sequel to this storyline down the road and I hope the next round will be a little more conclusive as far as the Tank/Luke relationship.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but... 5 Mar 2013
By Klaus Heimlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This entire book is reprinted in Star Wars Omnibus: The Other Sons Of Tatooine. Buy that instead as it has other good stories as well.
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't read enough 11 July 2013
By Darla Seibert - Published on Amazon.com
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I should have read fine print better. I thought it was going to be the full version of the comic. But I got a chapter monthly.
Still. Condition was good, the content was still what I desired, and it arrived quickly.
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