Monday, August 29, 2016

Star Wars #22 Review - Marvel Mondays

Leia and Han Sitting On A Star Destroyer

Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Jorge Molina, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

To start us off, I want to make it clear that I am a Star Wars fan. I’ve seen all of the movies multiple times, but I can’t say that I’m an expert about all of the little details and smaller plot points of the films. So if I miss some references or Easter Eggs, don’t hate me. This is also the first Star Wars comic I’ve ever read, outside of Han Solo’s current series. I’ve heard that Jason Aaron does good stuff, so I decided to check it out for myself, starting with the 22nd issue. I’m diving in headfirst baby.

And talk about an opening page. Right off the bat, I thought I was going to love the art, especially with the action scenes. Some of the faces were a little off for me, but I do love Jorge Malina’s art on the space battles. We jump right into this issue with Han, Chewie and Leia in the Millennium Falcon trying to make a pass on the Star Destroyer Harbinger. Luckily for them, Luke has their back and helps them get a clear shot.

Leia finds the mark on the main engine reactor, opening the way for Wedge to swoop in and fire torpedoes into the hull breach and overload the reactor. Except the reactor seems to be fine and meanwhile, rebel fighters are going down. Now it’s Luke’s turn. But instead of making the same mistake as Wedge, Luke flies straight into the hole and shoots the reactor from point blank range. The reactor starts to overload, but it seems that Luke is trapped inside.

The members of the Harbinger decide it’s time to abandon ship, considering they have about seven minutes until the whole thing blows. Instead of following suit and getting away, the Millennium Falcon heads inside the Harbinger. Luke is still alive, but the team is running out of time to get to him. The Harbinger blows with a team still inside and it seems that our heroes didn’t make it.

A week later, a couple of Imperial fighters are out on patrol after word of five shuttles disappearing. It turns out that the rebel team blew up the main reactor, but jettisoned it into space to protect the Harbinger. Now they’re trying to make repairs to the ship while making sure the Empire doesn’t find out that they’re still alive. That leads to a whole lot of bickering between Leia and Han. Imagine that.

Overall, this was a fun issue that highlighted the main character traits of Luke, Leia, and Han. Obviously Jason Aaron has the characters down and has his mind set of where he wants to take the story. I enjoyed pretty much everything in this issue, but like I said earlier, the art on some of the faces did seem a little bit off to me. Other than that, the battles and action scenes looked great. The pages with Luke inside the reactor were some of my favorite art of the week.

I like the story and want to see what Jason Aaron can do with the characters moving forward, but I do have one issue with having already seen the movies. There can’t be that much suspense when our main characters are put in peril, because we all know they’re going to be alive for The Empire Strikes Back. I know that’s not the point and it’s more about having fun stories, which I’m all for, I just think it would mean more if I actually believed the characters were in danger.

Bits and Pieces:

I definitely enjoyed this issue for what it was, which was basically a big space battle. Those are always fun and Jorge Molina’s action scenes were beautiful. If you’re a fan of the movies, I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy this title.

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