Happy Star Wars Day to all my nerdy friends and followers!
So I have to say that this is my least favorite of the series so far. Not that it was bad; on the contrary, it was quite good. The writing is solid and the artwork is top notch. It’s just that this issue was a little “Luke heavy,” and frankly, Luke was never my favorite Star Wars character. Still, it moves the story along nicely and there is enough Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader in there to make it interesting for me.
Sorry I don’t have much more to share, but really, there is not much depth to this installment. As I said, it just moves the story along.
Cheers, and May the Fourth be with you!
OK, I’ll admit that Darth Vader is one of my all-time favorite villains. As such, how could I not read this comic?
First off, the artwork in this is outstanding. There are parts of this issue where for several pages there are no words and just images driving the storyline, and it works spectacularly. The writing is also very, very good. I find no flaws in the language and the personalities of the various iconic characters are accurately reflected in the dialog.
It is difficult to summarize the comic without giving away too much of the story, but I will try. There are multiple threads to the tale which have their beginnings in this issue. Vader, having failed in his previous mission, is dealing with the wrath of the Emperor. He is then sent to meet with Jabba the Hutt to negotiate on behalf of the Empire. But while meeting with Jabba, Vader says he has some personal business to discuss, which is not revealed. Finally, the Emperor is also meeting with some unknown person, who seems very dark and dangerous.
As you can see, there is a lot going on and this first issue is definitely intended to lay the foundation for what promises to be a complex tale. I for one am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. I believe issue 2 will be released soon, so expect my review of that in the near future.
I purchased this issue the day it went on sale but was too busy to get around to reading it until now. It is a little more expensive than most comics and felt thicker, so I assumed it was an expanded issue to kick off the series. Well, I was kind of duped there. I’d say that probably a third of this issue is advertisements and teasers for upcoming off-shoot comics, such as the “Darth Vader” comic and the “Princess Leia” comic. It’s like the Disney marketing machine is primed and ready to go.
In spite of the blatant marketing blitz, I have to say that I did enjoy the issue. It is well-written and the artwork is clean and vibrant. Obviously, a lot of effort went into this, and it shows. The dialog captures the nuances of those personalities that have become such an ingrained part of our popular culture. Han is as cavalier as ever; Leia is strong-willed and dedicated to the cause; and Luke is idealistic and somewhat naive. And then, there is Vader, who is a villain in the classic sense. They are all such powerful and interesting characters, and the writers and artists truly do them all justice.
To sum up the story without any spoilers, the triumvirate arrive at Cymoon 1 in the Corellian Industrial Cluster, which is the Empire’s largest weapons manufacturing facility. Han poses as an envoy from Jabba the Hutt, while Luke and Leia are disguised as his bodyguards. Their plan is to destroy the facility, but then they discover that the negotiator they are supposed to meet with is none other than Darth Vader.
And so the plot is set. I will definitely give this series a go, but I am going to try to resist the lure of getting sucked into all the spin-offs, even though, a Darth Vader comic certainly piqued my interest. Heck, truth be told, I’ll probably read at least the first issue of that, but that’s how they hook you in, right?
Thanks for stopping by, and may the Force be with you.