Monday, August 6, 2018

Star Wars #52 Review - Marvel Monday

Solo Run

Written by: Kieron Gillen 
Art by: Salvador Larocca 
Colors by: Guru FX 
Letters by: Clayton Cowles 
Publisher: Marvel 
Publication Date: 1 August 2018 

Oooh. It sure is nice to really look forward to a part of the Star Wars output at the minute. This book is a lifeline for me. It is set in my preferred time period, it stars the big three, it is set during a really exciting time and evokes both A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. In addition a recent upswing in quality has really made this worthy of anticipation. Does this issue check out? Let's see. 

Han Solo in the Falcon trying to outrun Vader in his Tie Fighter. That is essentially this story in a nutshell. It is exactly as much fun as it sounds. Along the way we get an urgent message that needs to be delivered from Solo to the Rebel forces, we get Threepio getting fired out of an escape pod, we get Luke gaining inspiration from Jyn Erso in a neat little nod to Rogue One (I'll take any steps towards a cohesive continuity after "the Vader annual incident"), and basically a lot of space action fun, smart-ass dialogue from Han and some Wookiee roars! Woohoo!

Art-wise we have now happily settled into an era of reassuring quality. Okay, so the style is pretty in-house in terms of overall appearance. I think there is a set routine for the space battles and Falcon cockpit at Marvel Star Wars. The main appeal though is in getting that classically rendered appearance of Luke, Han, etc. It is of comfort in these times of change to have some sense of familiarity about a once-beloved saga. 

Bits and Pieces:

The resurgence of this book continues and it's good to see. Over quite a large number of issues now Gillen has given us a lengthy display of storytelling prowess. Likewise, the art has been of a continuously solid standard for a considerable time. This book is now the standout title for Marvel Star Wars alongside Soule's work on Vader. Which is exactly how it should be. 


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