Monday, August 29, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens #3 Review - Marvel Mondays





Star Bores: The Force Takes a Nap

Writer: Chuck Wendig
Art by: Marc Laming, Frank Martin and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion



It seems to me like Marvel is double dipping a bit with this The Force Awakens comic adaptation. Why do you need to have an adaptation of a movie that EVERYONE saw? It all seems a little redundant to me and I’ve got to say, I didn’t have high hopes going into this one.



Issue #3 picks up after Finn and Rey were caught in the Millennium Falcon and the Rathtars escaped. Anyone that has seen the movie knows how intense this scene was and that it showed Rey’s resourcefulness in the face of danger. Well, you get almost the exact same thing here, only in comic form. Sometimes certain things work better in certain mediums, and I’ve got to say that this is one of those things. It’s not necessarily bad in the comic, it just doesn’t convey the same intensity as it does on the big screen.




Han, Chewie, Finn, and Rey escape on the Millennium Falcon and blast out of the hangar at lightspeed. We get some classic Han Solo wit, in the exact same line from the movie. Aboard Starkiller Base, we see Supreme Leader Snoke talking to Hux and Kylo Ren. Snoke reminds to be careful as his father, Han Solo, is aboard the Millennium Falcon, with the droid BB-8. If I remember correctly, this was a huge reveal in the movie, but here it just seems like another line of dialogue without much emphasis. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the movie. Maybe this would be a shock to readers that haven’t. But to me it just didn’t do much for me.


Back aboard the Falcon, BB-8 shows the gang the partial map back to Luke Skywalker. Han explains why Luke went into seclusion and tells them the Force is real. They head to Maz Kanata’s castle to look for a way to get BB-8 home. Han offers Rey a job aboard the Falcon, which she declines because she needs to get home. We see a quick scene of Kylo Ren talking to Darth Vader’s destroyed helmet about the pull to the light side and how he needs to fight it before getting back to our protagonists.




Finn decides he’s had enough and he doesn’t want to fight the First Order, so he decides to leave on a work mission. Rey tries to get him to stay, but he refuses. Rey hears a voice calling and heads downstairs to discover a light saber hidden away in an old chest.


I can’t say I liked this book at all. I just don’t see the point in having a comic book adaptation of the movie. Marc Laming does a solid job on art, but after seeing it in movie form, it’s hard to appreciate the same scenes in drawing. I don’t care about this book because I already know what happens.


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There is no reason to even have this title out there other than Marvel to make some more money off the massive success that was The Force Awakens. It was an awesome movie, but that doesn’t mean it makes an awesome comic book.

4.4/10
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