This first issue has some stunning graphics done by Agustin Alessio. While the supporting players tend to resemble each other quite a bit initially, the detail is much more than I would have expected to find in a comic book. The cover art by Dave Wilkins suggests a major presence by our little buddy Darth Vader, writer Haden Blackman has used him in more of a cameo role for this first edition.
As the story begins, we get to know our main character Laurita Tohm through a series of report entries, thought processes, and visual aides as he and many other recruits make their way to a graduation ceremony in the Imperial City on Coruscant. The initial dialog between Tohm and his fellow graduates gives you a sense that he wouldn’t have been classified as the popular party boy at the academy, but instead resigned himself to the role of a loner. I can only guess that Tohm survived some sort of accident or attack that ravaged his body forcing him to throw himself into his studies rather than socialize.
As they arrive in the city, they are swallowed up in the faceless masses of thousands, all here for one purpose, to graduate and receive their first post assignments. Or are they? Presiding over the gathering is Headmaster Gentis. One look at his weathered face tells you he has seen more than his share of conflicts, battles, and stress as he welcomes the newest members to the Empire. As quickly as it began the ceremony is finished and everyone heads off for the usual celebrations. Just when we think that Tohm might allow himself to enjoy his accomplishments and relax a little with the other recruits, his party is cut short.
What ensues after this point, I won’t reveal. You will have to read it for yourself.