Monday, September 19, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens #4 Review - Marvel monday

“I Don’t Want Any Part Of This!”

Written by: Chuck Wendig
Art by: Luke Ross, Frank Martin and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

If I just sent in my review of the last issue, would anyone notice? Is anyone actually reading this book or this review? 2 people. Okay, I guess I’ll give my review for those 2 people out there. This is for you, guys. Love you.

Welcome back to the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where things are awesome and fun and look fantastic. Well, at least in movie form. Over here in Comic Book Land, that’s not the case. In Comic Book Land, this is a boring story that looks okay at best. I’m not one to hate on art, because I know I could never do what they do, but this just doesn’t look that good. I know it’s hard to make a comic look as good as a movie, and some of the panels do look pretty cool, but overall I just wasn’t a fan of the art.

The issue starts off with Rey discovering Luke Skywalker’s light saber in the basement of Maz’s castle. Rey is tripping after she touches it. She sees Yoda, Obi-Wan, R2-D2, and Kylo Ren in her vision, and hears words telling her that these are her first steps. Maz convinces Rey not to head back to Jakku, but she won’t touch the saber.

On board the Starkiller Base, General Hux gives the order to fire upon the New Republic. The beams hit the Hosnian System, home to the Senate of the New Republic, and obliterates it. Maz gives Finn the saber just as the First Order shows up and starts attacking her castle. Rey and BB-8 escape into the woods while Han, Chewie, and Finn take on the Stormtroopers back at the castle. They’re surrounded and about to be captured when Poe Dameron and the Resistance pilots show up and save the day.

In the woods, Kylo Ren catches up to Rey and captures her, thinking he can extract the information on the map from her mind. Han and Finn can’t help, and the First Order escapes with Rey in custody. Leia and the rest of the Resistance shows up, and we see how sad Han is as he tells her that he saw Kylo Ren, their son.

If you’ve seen the movie, none of that should’ve been anything new to you. This is still a pretty cool story, considering it’s the same thing as the movie, but you can’t develop plot points as well in six 20-something page comic books as you can in a movie that’s over two hours long. Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers looked pretty cool in this issue, but other than that I couldn’t get behind the art this issue. For me to like this book, it has to look fantastic, and it just doesn’t.

Bits and Pieces:

Well, here we go again. I don’t like this book. It’s just not something I think is necessary, and on top of that, it’s not very good. This type of huge, grand story is made for the silver screen, not a comic book.

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