Star Wars: Agent For The Empire: Volume 1: Iron Eclipse Oh, what a blast! Action, wit, style - this has it all! On the face of it, it seems absurdly simple - James Bond mixed with SW, but if it were so simple, or so easy, why hasn't it already been done? Because to do it successfully is neither simple or easy! Instead what John Ostrander does is render a version that has elements of Bond but cannily adapted to work in SW. Add to this skilful use of continuity to enhance the story - Armand Isard being Cross' boss for example - and it's quite a hand. And then he throws in the support guys back at base that Cross is forever exasperating! Oh and a cameo or two as well. Stephane Roux's art is utterly superb too. Nicking him from DC was quite a coup on DHC's part. As to the story? There's a whole host of carefully done SW-style Bond homages thrown in, some you see coming - and knowing Mr Ostrander, probably deliberately so! - others are more surprising and amusing. The Corporate Sector attitude to chases and property destruction is gallows humour at its best. The actual plot? The Iron Eclipse of the title? Not quite what you expect and then things go crazy in the finale, but, for me, it is just the kind of crazy a story like this can pull off. There was always an element of absurdity to Bond, so it is here. An utterly brilliant debut series, it's hard to see how it can improve from here - but I hope the next series defies expectations to deliver every bit as big a bang as this did.