Star Wars
Enter Shadow Wing! The Empire's salvation - the Rebellion's doom! As the war between the rebels and the Galactic Empire stretches on, it is the innocent people of the galaxy who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests - and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of Shadow Wing as loyal to the Empire as they seem?COLLECTING: STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER #1-5

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TitleStar Wars
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ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302918620
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GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics, Fantasy

Star Wars Review

  • Ben Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Now THIS is how you do a “Star Wars” comic.Written by Jody Houser, with art by Roge Antonia, “Tie-Fighter” is – to cut to the chase- gorgeous to look at and a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, deliberately jocular tale that works as both a throwback to the days of the old “Star Wars” Extended Universe (“Rogue Squadron” fans in particular will eat this up) and stands as a shining example of how best to do the whole “interconnected storytelling” thing that Disney has been pushing so ha Now THIS is how you do a “Star Wars” comic.Written by Jody Houser, with art by Roge Antonia, “Tie-Fighter” is – to cut to the chase- gorgeous to look at and a blast to read. It’s a fast-paced, deliberately jocular tale that works as both a throwback to the days of the old “Star Wars” Extended Universe (“Rogue Squadron” fans in particular will eat this up) and stands as a shining example of how best to do the whole “interconnected storytelling” thing that Disney has been pushing so hard since acquiring the franchise in 2012. To wit: Houser does sterling work tying her series in with the story of the recent “Alphabet Squadron” novel – one of the strongest “Star Wars” novels in recent years, IMO. On their own, “Alphabet Squadron” and “Tie-Fighter” already represent two of the best stories that modern “Star Wars” has produced; taken together, their cumulative narrative effect approaches MCU-levels of satisfying.Long story short: “Tie-Fighter” rocks. Read it.
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  • Mario
    January 1, 1970
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? It cannot end like this!!!Jody Houser does another great comic series with this fantastic volume. We are introduced to the Imperial 204th TIE Fighter wing, with new characters that are instantly recognizable. Also, we have some characters carried over from previous series, like Han Solo: Imperial Cadet.During their missions, they are caught over a treasonous Imperial captain and manage to trace the Rebels that made him change sides, until they reach Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? It cannot end like this!!!Jody Houser does another great comic series with this fantastic volume. We are introduced to the Imperial 204th TIE Fighter wing, with new characters that are instantly recognizable. Also, we have some characters carried over from previous series, like Han Solo: Imperial Cadet.During their missions, they are caught over a treasonous Imperial captain and manage to trace the Rebels that made him change sides, until they reach a turning point in the galactic history... and the story ends!The art is also magnificent, the space battles are beautiful and very clear and easy to understand. Plus the new characters are instantly recognizable, and the tricks he uses to identify them while behind the helmet are very clever!I need more, and the editors say that this will not be the last time we see these characters, and I hope that they are not just talking about the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, but we definitely need more. And if they are written again by Houser and drawn by Roge Antonio, the better!
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  • C.T. Phipps
    January 1, 1970
    TIE FIGHTER is a tie-in book to Alphabet Squadron with the adventures of Shadow Squadron. They are a bunch of unique Imperial characters who all have fascinating issues and problems. They are out to fight the Rebellion, take names, and die for the glory of the Empire. It reminds me a bit of the old TIE Fighter video game from Lucasarts and that's a high compliment. I've read the entire series from issue 1-5 and it's all entertaining if not spectacularly exceptional. I kind of wish it was an ongo TIE FIGHTER is a tie-in book to Alphabet Squadron with the adventures of Shadow Squadron. They are a bunch of unique Imperial characters who all have fascinating issues and problems. They are out to fight the Rebellion, take names, and die for the glory of the Empire. It reminds me a bit of the old TIE Fighter video game from Lucasarts and that's a high compliment. I've read the entire series from issue 1-5 and it's all entertaining if not spectacularly exceptional. I kind of wish it was an ongoing series.
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  • Neil R. Coulter
    January 1, 1970
    This is the start of what could be a pretty good Star Wars graphic novel. The art is fine, and the story goes into what life is like for Imperial pilots, which I'm very interested in. The problem is that there are a lot of characters and I don't know anything about any of them. I remember a little bit about the members of Shadow Wing from the Alphabet Squadron novel (which I loved), but not many specific details about any of them, so nothing here connected for me to the novel. Yrica Quell (Alphabet Squadron's prot(Alphabet This is the start of what could be a pretty good Star Wars graphic novel. The art is fine, and the story goes into what life is like for Imperial pilots, which I'm very interested in. The problem is that there are a lot of characters and I don't know anything about any of them. I remember a little bit about the members of Shadow Wing from the Alphabet Squadron novel (which I loved), but not many specific details about any of them, so nothing here connected for me to the novel. Yrica Quell (Alphabet Squadron's protagonist) appears for a few pages, but I don't understand how it fits into this book.
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  • Cris Nicoletti
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Ahdom
    January 1, 1970
    Comics are a great format for a squadron series. THe illustrations in this really help you to feel the action. I am currently reading the last few chapters of Alphabet Squadron and I love how the two stories TIE in together, pun most definitely intended. I have no doubt we will hear more from the 204th in sequel books of the Alphabet Squadron series, which I also recommend.
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  • Geoffrey Payne
    January 1, 1970
    I love the idea of a book-comic crossover in a Star Wars story and I hope they do this again for the other Alphabet Squadron books. The writing was great and wasn’t drawn out like these Star Wars miniseries sometimes are. I only wish it tied more directly into the Alphabet Squadron book.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This just didnt work for me. Havent read much of Houser but hopefully its not like this.
  • Paul Decker
    January 1, 1970
    This Star Wars comic follows the Shadow Wing Squadron of the Empire from the Battle of Hoth to the destruction of the second Death Star. This is part of a cross-media tie-in with Alpha Squadron. This book is full of references to other stories and characters, almost to its own detriment. There are a lot of interesting characters and a decent enough story, but there isn't enough focus. Too many peaks at other characters that aren't relevant to this story are given too much spotlight. There's even This Star Wars comic follows the Shadow Wing Squadron of the Empire from the Battle of Hoth to the destruction of the second Death Star. This is part of a cross-media tie-in with Alpha Squadron. This book is full of references to other stories and characters, almost to its own detriment. There are a lot of interesting characters and a decent enough story, but there isn't enough focus. Too many peaks at other characters that aren't relevant to this story are given too much spotlight. There's even an asterick referencing the Solo tie-in comic Imperial Cadet. I wasn't sure which characters were new to this story and which ones were just references. I did enjoy the pacing, though. We really got to see the Shadow Squadron experience some stuff. It's an unusual style having every issue end with a flashback though. I'd love to see these characters reappear. What do they do after the Emperor is gone?I give this book a 3.5/5. It's not enough of a story on its own. It relies too much on references and doesn't do enough on its own.
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  • Jordan Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Another Jody Houser comic, another huge yawn.Ok so TIE Fighter isn’t flat out horrible or even close to as bad as some of Houser’s other Star Wars related works, but good God, what a snooze fest. Nothing remotely exciting or fun happens in this series. Nothing cool or Earth shattering. TIE Fighter is supposed to be about the bad guys, the bane of the rebellion, though you wouldn’t know that here. Instead it’s a bunch of badly drawn, contrived characters who move around and have either flat out devotio Another Jody Houser comic, another huge yawn.Ok so TIE Fighter isn’t flat out horrible or even close to as bad as some of Houser’s other Star Wars related works, but good God, what a snooze fest. Nothing remotely exciting or fun happens in this series. Nothing cool or Earth shattering. TIE Fighter is supposed to be about the bad guys, the bane of the rebellion, though you wouldn’t know that here. Instead it’s a bunch of badly drawn, contrived characters who move around and have either flat out devotion to the Galactic Empire or pure hatred. Nothing in between. There’s no moral ambiguity or grey areas. And speaking of the art...uggggh. I get this might appeal to the fans of the old school, hand drawn stuff of the 70’s, but this was definitely not my cup of tea. In this day and age of digital rendering, there’s no excuse for the pedestrian artwork that was was presented here. I can’t draw to save my life, so of course I probably don’t have room to talk, however I’m also not getting paid to illustrate a mass produced Star Wars graphic novel.I’m really not understanding why Houser keeps getting jobs with Marvel. Between this, the Age of Republic mini series, and the direct adaptation of Thrawn, this is 3 straight duds. There’s far better writers/authors out there that should be given a chance to tell actually decent stories.
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  • Paul Viebranz
    January 1, 1970
    Alphabet Squadron is my favorite Star Wars book since Lost Stars, so I was highly anticipating this companion volume from Marvel Comics. I enjoyed the focus on character over action, the absence of moralizing either faction in the war, and the novel approach in the art to track the space battles. However, these first five issues really only feel like an introduction. While Alphabet Squadron certainly left the door wide open for more missions and new revelations about the heroes of that unit, it Alphabet Squadron is my favorite Star Wars book since Lost Stars, so I was highly anticipating this companion volume from Marvel Comics. I enjoyed the focus on character over action, the absence of moralizing either faction in the war, and the novel approach in the art to track the space battles. However, these first five issues really only feel like an introduction. While Alphabet Squadron certainly left the door wide open for more missions and new revelations about the heroes of that unit, it was also a complete narrative unto itself-- TIE Fighter feels more like a prelude to the core action. This is exacerbated by the fact that the Shadow Wing we know from the novel is not the Shadow Wing in this comic, as it's set prior to the Battle of Endor.I would absolutely recommend this to anybody who enjoyed Alphabet Squadron, and to anybody looking for a tight, character-driven Star Wars story unbeholden to the more grandiose heroes and events of the Saga proper. Expect unique, fantastic artwork, strongly realized new characters, and an engaging story... just don't expect that story to resolve here.
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  • Rocky Sunico
    January 1, 1970
    As much as the Star Wars saga has mostly had the "good guys" to be the Rebellion, naturally a lot of folks appreciate the sheer power of the Empire and wonder about what drives them. The Tie Fighter mini-series is a great look at this world from the perspective of a particular squadron of Imperial pilots and gives us a somewhat closer look at their motivations. The book tries to balance a larger story while also introducing us to the individual characters and their backstories all to help us bet As much as the Star Wars saga has mostly had the "good guys" to be the Rebellion, naturally a lot of folks appreciate the sheer power of the Empire and wonder about what drives them. The Tie Fighter mini-series is a great look at this world from the perspective of a particular squadron of Imperial pilots and gives us a somewhat closer look at their motivations. The book tries to balance a larger story while also introducing us to the individual characters and their backstories all to help us better appreciate their actions in the larger story.There's a fair amount of good action and a lot of intrigues here and there as they deal with a greater plot beyond the initial mission they set out to accomplish. And how they get to the end of things is a fair amount of fun despite the largely serious tone of the book. At the end of the day, it's a bunch of soldiers doing their best to follow orders and remain loyal to their leader, even if that happens to be Emperor Palpatine.
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  • Stephen Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly, this book promised much but delivered little. Promoted as a TIE-in (pun intended) to the Alphabet Squadron novel, a handful of cameos from Yrica Quell, Soran Keize and Commander Nuress are the only links to a much better story. The main problem here is the lack of character development that a five issue series allows. Only three principal characters have any real depth to them, and two of those are almost immediately blown up, which makes it very difficult to care whether the rest survive Sadly, this book promised much but delivered little. Promoted as a TIE-in (pun intended) to the Alphabet Squadron novel, a handful of cameos from Yrica Quell, Soran Keize and Commander Nuress are the only links to a much better story. The main problem here is the lack of character development that a five issue series allows. Only three principal characters have any real depth to them, and two of those are almost immediately blown up, which makes it very difficult to care whether the rest survive until the end or not. One can only hope that the likes of Broosh, Kahi and Brebtin show up in volumes 2 or 3 of the Alphabet Squadron to give this volume some retroactive depth.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    It is my understanding that this is an Alphabet Squadron tie-in and I haven't read that yet so perhaps that's why this didn't click for me. I say my understanding because aside from a variant cover shown in the gallery, no mention is made of the book, Alphabet Squadron. I also say my understanding because this absolutely feels like it is short 1 or 2 issues. There's an engaging plot and great art of space battles but it starts in media res and just sort of ends. Like not a proper conclusion so m It is my understanding that this is an Alphabet Squadron tie-in and I haven't read that yet so perhaps that's why this didn't click for me. I say my understanding because aside from a variant cover shown in the gallery, no mention is made of the book, Alphabet Squadron. I also say my understanding because this absolutely feels like it is short 1 or 2 issues. There's an engaging plot and great art of space battles but it starts in media res and just sort of ends. Like not a proper conclusion so much as they were giving a 30 minute presentation in a 15 minute time frame and stopped talking when they ran out of time.
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  • C
    January 1, 1970
    This really isn't that bad at all. Flat out, though, I'm getting a little tired of stories that say that the space Nazis aren't really bad - just misunderstood. *sigh*It comes at a great disconnect from Alphabet Squadron as well, in my opinion. The tone is very different and it just doesn't mesh for me.On its own, it isn't a bad read. The characters are interesting and the plot is breezy and makes sense. It's just in the grander scheme there are getting to be *so many* st This really isn't that bad at all. Flat out, though, I'm getting a little tired of stories that say that the space Nazis aren't really bad - just misunderstood. *sigh*It comes at a great disconnect from Alphabet Squadron as well, in my opinion. The tone is very different and it just doesn't mesh for me.On its own, it isn't a bad read. The characters are interesting and the plot is breezy and makes sense. It's just in the grander scheme there are getting to be *so many* stories in new canon (and the EU to be fair) about Imperials who were on the wrong side for their own "good" reasons. It just gets old after a while and feels a bit tone deaf in our current political climate.
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  • Jordan Lahn
    January 1, 1970
    Great art, and interesting characters, but too short to be as engaging as Stackpole's Rogue Squadron series for Dark Horse. Felt like they set a lot of things up, and then killed off those threads in the next issue. Maybe some of these characters will show up later in the Alphabet Squadron novels. Otherwise it feels like the pilot of a tv show and the series finale rolled into one, with none of the development in between.Started out as a four star review but I talked myself down to t Great art, and interesting characters, but too short to be as engaging as Stackpole's Rogue Squadron series for Dark Horse. Felt like they set a lot of things up, and then killed off those threads in the next issue. Maybe some of these characters will show up later in the Alphabet Squadron novels. Otherwise it feels like the pilot of a tv show and the series finale rolled into one, with none of the development in between.Started out as a four star review but I talked myself down to three. Maybe after I finish Alphabet Squadron it'll change my perspective.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Man, I loved this. It reminds me so much of the Rogue Squadron books, in the best possible way. This couldn't be a better advertisement for Alphabet Squadron.
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good and quick read that makes you want to watch hours of star fighter battles. It is a little chronologically confusing at times, but I think reading Alphabet Squadron will help that. I plan to read that soon.
  • Josiah
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a tie in to a novel and doesn’t even have an ending.
  • Nicis
    January 1, 1970
    I know this is a tie-in to Alphabet Squadron so know i'll be forced to read that because I really want to know more about my girl Jeela. Also, that cliffhanger!
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    A cool look at life as a TIE Fighter pilot. The story is a bit choppy, with flashback scenes hinting at a bigger story for some of the characters, but an enjoyable read.
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