WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance, by Ethan Sacks, Luke Ross, VC's Clayton Cowles and Lee Loughridge, on sale now.
Marvel's Star Wars comics recently put to rest claims from detractors that Rose Tico didn't deserve her place in the spotlight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Delving into her past, a Star Wars: Age of Resistance one-shot revealed Rose always had that rebel spark within her, which is why she risked her life to save Finn from the First Order. With Rose unconscious and in medical care at the end of the film, audiences have been left to wonder what happened to her, as she hasn't been part of the marketing for the upcoming sequel, The Rise of Skywalker.
But now, with Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance, we learn what Rose has been up to, and what her new role is within the Resistance. In a move that will surely please her fans, Rose is General Leia Organa's new protege.
Many might have thought Rey would step into that role, but the Jedi-in-training is off honing her craft alongside giant aliens, using Luke's sacred texts to aid her own development. In the meantime, Leia has full faith in Rose, which ties back into why the general recruited her and her sister: Leia recognized there was something special in them and, now, she's placing Rose in a more forward position, not just on the front lines, but by her side.
Leia reveals she needs to captain the Millennium Falcon to the ocean planet Mon Cala to acquire new ships for the Resistance. With their numbers dwindling, and she wants Chewbacca, C-3PO and Rey to help her on this mission. But the surprise call-up to the cockpit is Rose. With this story set a few months after The Last Jedi, it appears her recovery was quick, and she'll be starting J.J. Abrams' sequel fresh.
In addition to being her protege, Leia has tasked Rose as her personal mechanic, which will undoubtedly lead to her promotion as one of the Resistance's chief engineers in The Rise of Skywalker. However, what's worth noting is that Leia wants her to gain experience as the baton his passed to the next generation.
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance #2 expands on that further because, when Leia touches down on Mon Cala, she encounters resistance at Dac City, a hub where the Resistance once collaborated with the Mon Calamari through the late Admiral Ackbar. However, Chadkol Gee and the squid-like Quarren don't want Leia there, because they're angry about Ackbar's death but, also, because they know Kylo Ren and Hux are killing off any potential allies for Leia and what remains of the Resistance. Mon Cala is seemingly in a neutral position now, and its inhabitants don't want Leia's presence to ruin that.
When the rabble-rousers come to oppose Leia, Rose displays a different side, as she's just as quick a draw a blaster as Han Solo was. Leia defuses the standoff and goes to meet with Mon Cala's ruler, King Ech-Char, to cement a new pact. Still, she's grateful for Rose's eagerness to serve as bodyguard. Even as she sits back with the others as the meeting takes place, Rose remains selfless. She's worried about Finn and his mission with Poe to seek weapons. The issue concludes with Rose and Rey's team facing more of Chadkol's crew, reiterating that Rose isn't playing it quiet any longer.
Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Allegiance #3 goes on sale Oct. 23.