R.E.B.E.L.S. has been a favorite in the Bunker. Tony Bedard and Claude St. Aubin have become one of the better teams at DC. Hopefully, the powers in charge will keep them together.
Writer: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Claude St. Aubin
Inks: Scott Hanna
Story Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Synopsis: The first few pages display Starro’s attack on the Dominators. He manages to take control of their home planet.
On his ship, Vril has been captured by Amon Hakk (a former employee). Hakk is a Khund. When Dox’s L.E.G.I.O.N. imposed peace on the Khund homeworld, Hakk was declared a traitor.
A message is displayed from the Dominators world. It tells how Starro has taken over. Dox explains that both Maltus and the Dominion have fallen. Dox says that he is the only one clever enough to stop Starro. Hakk releases him.
Suddenly, Hakk’s oxygen tank transforms into Ciji (a Durlan who appears as a young girl). She was not going to let Hakk shoot Dox. She joins with Dox to help stop Starro.
We cut to various worlds across the universe and see the various aggressive races who view the fallen Dominion as an opportunity for them.
In space, Wildstar has retrieved Silica (a sentient computer). Once on board Dox’s ship, Wildstar takes her to Dox. Dox tries to reboot Silica but her command functions have been wiped. Dox says that even in this condition, Silica can send the command override signal to his Peacekeeper robots. All they need is a broadcaster. Ciji knows of a Gordanian broadcaster in the area.
At the Gordanian relay station, Dox’s forces quickly take over the broadcaster.
On Maltus, Starro’s troops are preparing for battle. Storm-Daughter tells Starro that Dox escaped her. Suddenly, Dox’s image is broadcast into Starro’s stronghold. Dox activates the failsafe he built into the Peacekeepers.
The Peacekeepers surround Starro’s bases and activate a force field around each of them. Starro cannot get his forces off the planets. Dox tells Silica that she did fine. He tells her to self destruct. Dox tells the others that their chances of success have gone from 0 to 7%. Dox says that he will need to get more help if he wants to improve the odds. End of issue.
The Good: Bedard continues to build up his Starro storyline. Dox shows that he always has a plan in place. It is fitting that he used his “father’s” force fields to imprison another conqueror. I can’t wait to see what plan Dox reveals next.
The art team of St. Aubin and Hanna did a fantastic job with this issue. Their space scenes are breathtaking, the massive battle scenes are packed, but not cluttered. They also did a great job with all the different alien races. Since this is the Legion book for now, I am glad to see such quality with the art.
The Bad: The only real complaint I have is that this team is not on the regular Legion.
Overall: Another fine issue. I hope DC keeps publishing this surprise book. I was not too excited when I first heard of this title, but R.E.B.E.L.S. has won me over. Highly recommended.