As the Imperial crew of the Strikeforce investigate an uncharted planet, they are attacked, and a lone Chiss warrior infiltrates the ship before being captured. The Warrior is Mitth ‘Raw’ Nuruodo, or as he prefers to be called, Thrawn; he is brought before the Emperor where Thrawn asks for a position in the Imperial Navy in exchange for his knowledge of the unknown regions of the galaxy.
Thrawn takes on Imperial Cadet Eli Vanto to be his translator as the pair built their way up in the Imperial Academy, but along the way, the pair encounters various pirates and insurgents, one of whom is Nevil Cygni, also known by his alias Nightswan. Fans of the TV show Star Wars Rebels will see a familiar face in Arihnda Pryce, who features heavily throughout the story.
Pryce works her way up the ranks before being promoted to Governor of Lothal, her home world. Pryce also begins working with an advocacy group before discovering that the group are actually working to collect information on the activities of the Empire. Thrawn and Pryce work together on a path that leads to Nightswan and establishing his involvement with the Rebel insurgents. The story comes to a climax when Pryce attempts to rescue her parents and Thrawn finds himself face to face with Nightswan.
Thrawn is a very complex character, and is considered a master tactician, and this is portrayed throughout this comic book run. Thrawn has concerns as his home world on Chiss is under threat from a force more dangerous than the Empire, and he wishes to learn from the Empire in order to prevent this threat prevailing. Jody Houser presents this comic in a way in which I personally have not seen before with Star Wars, with regards to Imperials like Thrawn, Eli Vanto and Pryce being portrayed as the heroes with Nightswan taking on the villain role.
As a whole, this is another great representation of Thrawn as a character, alongside Star Wars Rebels and Zahn’s book series, this portrayal of the character is remarkable. The artwork throughout the comic is beautiful and really captures the vibe of the scenes perfectly; the actions scenes are exciting, and moments containing political dealings give off a more shadier vibe.