Star Wars #21 breaks from the formula of Marvel’s main Star Wars comic. Moving away from the adventures of the core characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, the latest issue focuses instead on Sgt. Kreel and his new squad of elite Stormtroopers tasked with finding and eliminating Rebel insurgents throughout the Empire.
Emma Roberts stars as Venus “Vee” Delmonico, an amalgamation of every secretly-cool high school nerd ever, whose introverted personality is tested when she chooses to sign-up for a super-secret (AKA everyone knows about it) online game of truth or dare known as NERVE.
“The Secret of the Hell Screen” continues as Miyamoto Usagi and Inspector Ishida continue to investigate the odd deaths surrounding the bizarre piece of art that even the son of its creator believes is cursed and needs to be destroyed. No closer to answers, Usagi’s dreams begin to make the rabbit ronin wonder if there isn’t some truth to the curse of the Hell Screen. Worth a look.
While Jesse (Dominic Cooper) hides out from the law and buys himself time for his big Sunday sermon, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Emily (Lucy Griffiths) help nurse Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) back to full strength. Tulip’s idea to feed the vampire animals from the local pet shop is a rather ingenious plan, but it’s Emily’s actions involving the Mayor (Ricky Mabe) which prove surprising. Sacrificing the needy Miles to a vampire she doesn’t particularly like is a momentous choice for Emily, and one that may well haunt her for many episodes to come. As for Tulip, the experience inspires her to stop waiting for her revenge.
Healed and ready for action, Green Arrow breaks into Queen Industries looking for answers as to why he was betrayed and left for dead. Alerting his enemies that he’s very much alive, this leads to another confrontation between Ollie and Shado (who Oliver learns is working for the Ninth Circle to pay off a debt). While both Diggle and Black Canary, still unaware that Ollie is alive, continue to separately investigate the mysterious organization, Emiko helps her new employers set a trap to catch the hero.
The other storyline features Superman having more trouble with the super-villains of Gotham City than he expected. Tricked by the Joker (Jason Spisak), Superman accidentally causes a break-out at Arkham Asylum. Even calling on the help of Cyborg (Khary Payton) and Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), the heroes struggle to stop the chaos eventually allowing Robin (Scott Menville) to show them what crime-fighting in Gotham is all about.