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Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Villains

(Star Wars: Age of Resistance)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  74 reviews

This is the Age of Star Wars — an epic series of adventures that unites your favorite characters from all three trilogies! The First Order takes center stage! As Captain Phasma leads an attack on the iron planet Demir, a young Stormtrooper looks to follow in Phasma’s fo
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published November 20th 2019 by Marvel
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Definitely the best of the entire “Age of...” series. Between the three writers Taylor has the best grip on these characters, and the new trilogy has the best set of villains in the entire Star Wars movie canon (IMO, don’t care that you disagree). The result is a fantastic set of comics that shows something new about each character in a way that feels organic and enriching. Yes, the Snoke issue is secretly another Kylo issue, but that’s great, because Kylo is an awesome character and Snoke was n ...more
Ben Brown
“Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Villains” is the sixth and final volume in Marvel’s “Age of Star Wars” maxi-series; it’s also, for my money, easily the best.

In both “Age of Resistance – Heroes” and “Age of Resistance: Villains,” Tom Taylor does stellar work taking a collection of characters who, for all intents and purposes, we don’t really know that well yet (or rather, characters that we don’t know as well as those from the original/prequel trilogies) and spinning off individual stories about
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one felt more substantial than the "Heroes" volume by the same author, showing that it's sometimes good to be bad.

The First Order comes across as a dysfunctional family in which everyone resents, suspects, fears and loathes the others- it's a wonder they were able to get anything done!

I probably enjoyed the Hux story most of all and, for reasons which became clear(er) after the release of The Rise of Skywalker we did not get much more backstory on Snoke, though (view spoiler)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was better than the Heroes counterpart, mostly because the Snoke issue is one of the best in the entire series. Kylo Ren is in nearly every issue of this, almost making it a Kylo Ren mini, which isn't a criticism because he's a cool character. I could easily take more for each of these. It's just cool to explore the bad guys isn't it? ...more
Eva B.
One of my favorite graphic novels so far!! I love the sequel trilogy and its villains, so this was an excellent read for me! I'd say that my favorites in this are Hux and Snoke's stories. ...more
Good, but not as good as Age of Resistance Heroes.

This review will contain spoilers for The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker

Let me just start by saying that the new trilogy had some strange villains.

Kylo Ren was an excellent character with a fantastic arc. Phasma was interesting as a fan-favorite and a female villain, but she honestly didn't have too much substance within the movies for me.
Snoke was a knock-off Palpatine in TFA and then was just... nothing in TLJ. He was
This comicbook collection features four villain stories from the Resistance Era.
These comics don't necessarily add anything new to the canon, they simply highlight the traits of their respective main character.

Both Phasma and Hux showed how these two characters would do anything to keep their order winning.
Snoke was my personal favourite as it showed perfectly how he manipulated Kylo Ren. This story was almost more about Kylo than Snoke but since it gives actual background to the relationship
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While a step up from the Age of Rebellion era stories, it feels a bit like they've already run the well dry on these new trilogy villains. The Snoke story was the most disappointing, because it doesn't reveal anything new about Snoke and instead focuses more on Ren. Hux's story is similar; he's practically a bit character in another story about Ren. Ren's story highlights how he is trying to push himself out of the shadow of Vader (and does so in high fashion with a pretty impressive action sequ ...more
The Phasma one was just like every other Phasma story out there. The Snoke one was like every other Snoke story out there. The Hux one was....LIKE EVERY HUX STORY OUT THERE. The Kylo Ren one was actually pretty fun because he had a snarky stormtrooper foil, and also lots of Anakin echoes.
This is going to function as a dual review for both the Villains and Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Heroes books, because I mainlined all the issues in one fell swoop and not entirely in order. Each character-centric issue is absolutely tiny: it’s more like a bite-sized vignette, a brief glimpse of a moment that characterises them.

The villains set was more interesting to me because of the insight it gave us to Snoke and Kylo Ren, mostly because I am very interested in those mysterious arcs and w
Neil R. Coulter
An entire graphic novel about the dark secrets and amazing adventures of the fearsome villains of the sequel trilogy! The book opens with a story about Phasma, and then moves to a story featuring Hux.

Are you chuckling yet?

Seriously, these villains are ridiculous. It's time for Star Wars books to give up on Phasma: she's a character failure. She obviously died in The Force Awakens. Rian Johnson only brought her back in The Last Jedi because, as he said, "I wanted to hang out with Gwendoline Chris
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be kind and give this four. Snoke and Kylo's issues were really good. ...more
Megan (ChroniclesOfABookworm)
Give me allllllll the Kylo Ren things. 😍🖤😍🖤
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the stories in this one, but it's so short! ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actually the best of these anthology volumes. Yes, the Snoke issue is really a second Kylo Ren story and doesn't really have anything at all to do with Snoke, but it's a really good Kylo Ren story. Both of them are. And the Phasma story is a great, blunt story about an unapologetically ruthless character. Plus, Hux as evil Aaron Burr, which made the character click with me for the first time. He's not standing still, he is lying in wait. Interestingly, there's no issue with a few even shorter st ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting with the Phasma comic. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have Stormtroopers who have clearly been trained as collectivists–to give themselves to the higher cause, to fight for the First Order and shout “for the First Order!” as they attack, to treat each other as tools, guns on each others’ belts, extensions of one soldier with one name–while also having a Captain who has succeeded by her ruthless individualism. You can’t have an ultranationalist who refers to her troops as “patrio ...more
Dakota Morgan
The four primary villains of the latest Star Wars trilogy get one-shots from Tom Taylor, who is usually a superstar when it comes to fun, fluffy comics. He does his best here, with a boost from Leonard Kirk's fine artwork. But one-shots for barely established villains are just never going to be great. It's a lost cause at the outset.

Minor fun, I didn't hate it, middle of the pack when it comes to these "Age of Resistance" collections. Minus one star because Snoke and Kylo Ren went back to that d
Joey Nardinelli
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was honestly probably one of the better collections of one shots. The Kylo Ren chapter is good, but the Hux and Snoke chapters both do just a little bit of character building that the Phasma one also attempts but *shock* ends up in basically the same redundant territory as every Phasma narrative I’ve read so far.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-rewind
Give me more stories from the POV of villains being thrown heroes of their own story.
Jay DeMoir
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely enjoyed this more than the Heroes version! Maybe the dark side isn't so bad. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finally! Some exclusively Kylo material!! Yes! Yes! And Yes!

Kylo taking on the legacy of Vader is such a distinctive way, recreating a successful battle and doing it better, was a curious story to explore. The smile on his face when the trooper pronounced that Kylo “won” his self made competition with his grandfather was just adorable.

I like Snoke’s comic the best because you learn so much about Kylo and where his loyalties lie. I knew Kylo was good, just scared into this path.

Hux’s comic was
Michael Kikle
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I had a blast reading this book. It’s essentially a short story collection of the main baddies from Disney Star Wars’ current sequel trilogy films. When I saw that Kylo Ren’s (my favorite new character, and favorite element from the sequel trilogy, at all) was the last issue in this short comic collection, I must admit I was tempted to skip right to that issue. I could care less about Phasma, Hux (even though I loved what Abrams did with him in Rise of Skywalker), or Snoke. I ended-up enjoy ...more
Adam Fisher
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW.... the villains really shine here. Very powerful stories...
- Phasma - (First off, if you haven't read the novel Phasma, stop reading this review and go read it now. AMAZING story about her origin.) The story here covers Phasma's interaction with a trooper in her squad, who needs to learn the lesson about sacrificing to win above all else. The lesson is learned... at the cost of the troopers own life.

- Hux - While relying on Kylo Ren to be an active part of this tale, we see Hux g
Saimi Korhonen
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”But powerful beings can harness their rage. Use it to strike. For we either strike… or we fall.”


I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this collection of comics because I've never been particularly fond of any of the ST villains. Snoke never intrigued me and neither did Phasma, Kylo Ren felt like a lamer version of Vader and Hux didn't strike me as anything special, though, after TROS, I really began liking him as a character. So I didn't expect much from this collection, but I was pleas
Jordan Anderson
This was surprising.

Aside from a handful of novels and smattering of comics and Rogue One (and yes, Solo, too), the new Star Wars canon has been dud after dud after dud. At this point, I’m only reading the new stuff just so I can stay informed and at least know what’s going on...I’m not reading them expecting to be filled with happiness or joy.

That’s why Age of Resistance- Villains gave me a bit of a shock; it’s actually not bad. Did we need another Phasma story? No. Did we need anything else wi
Paul Decker
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final volume in this series of shorts from each of the Star Wars eras. We know very little about these villains, so it's fun to finally get stories about them.

The first story shows Captain Phasma being ruthless. I enjoyed this comic so much more than the whole volume dedicated on her. This story really gets into Phasma's mind, showing her perspective on the troops that she leads. This is my favorite Phasma story so far, but I have yet to read Delilah S. Dawson's book. 5/5

General Hux is stran
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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These stories have one thing in common - all the characters lack morals and any trace of warmth which is perfect for their expansionist plans. They crave power above all else and seem indestructable here. You can't help but wander how they still managed to lose in the end.

Holy crap! Phasma is so cold I got chills reading her one shot. She understands war all right, but wars can't be fought while diminishing the importance of the lowly soldier. If everyone employed her tactics, the wounded and de
David Rodriguez
2 1/2 stars
I would buy this for Kylo's stories, but that's it. So a read, but buy 2 individual issues.

1 - Snoke takes Kylo to Dagobah as part of his training
2 - Kylo travels to conquer a planet that Vader could not
3 - Hux and Kylo get stranded on a planet as part of a sabotage
4 - Phasma takes on an ambitious stormtrooper to command with her

Maybe having read Phasma weakened her story for me, but it's like they don't want to bother going beyond "she's a survivor, no one matters to her!". S
Well, I've read worse Star Wars books.

This one is a mixed bag (and as I am just not much of a Kylo fan, add a star if you are - you will probably dig it more than I did since he dominates these stories...). Each individual story is entertaining in and of themselves but they are all stories that have been done before in Star Wars (and done better, in my opinion).

A lot of this feels like stories that exist to make you feel more sorry for Kylo Ren (assumedly to lead into some redemption arc in the
Feb 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The other Age comics felt like trite and truncated shadows of the kind of content the EU has been doing for decades. The same is true here, except that the Sequel EU material was always extremely weak, and diluting it further just loses any sense that there's anything here. After TROS, the implication that perhaps these characters have some bigger picture, something that could redeem any lapse in immediate characterization or narrative quality, is utterly gone. So this is worthless. The only fli ...more
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Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is a #1 New York Times Bestselling, multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter.

Taylor is the co-creator of the Aurealis-Award-winning graphic novel series THE DEEP (which tells the adventures of a multiethnic family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine). Taylor is also the Head Writer/Co-creator and Executive

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