Marvel’s team behind Darth Vader Vol. 2 delivers a knockout punch, a history lesson and road map for the future in the pages of issue #10, while in IDW Publishing’s latest Forces of Destiny offering, focused on Rey, suffers no sophomore slump.
This review of Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 contains minor spoilers.
If ever there was any doubt about the nature of the Force, Darth Vader #10 nullified it.
That it had to do so is a telling thing in these times, but by tackling the issue, however obliquely, writer Charles Soule has ensured that any deep-dive dispatches about the Force, its place in the Star Wars firmament (or lack thereof) is alway nebulous and chaotic.
Which is what it should be and what part IV of “The Dying Light” does so well: Building on the legend and lore of Star Wars, not just for its past, but its future, too.
This review of Star Wars #41 contains minor spoilers.
For Luke, the light side dimmed toward darkness.
The religious overtones that underline Star Wars #41 aren’t subtle, but unsettling. Kieron Gillen’s words fold the time and space of the Saga that we, as readers, already know.
In doing so, Gillen’s examination of the vagueries and expectations of faith — that which one believes isn’t necessarily truth — presents Luke Skywalker with a challenge to his malleable optimism about the Force and what he needs.
This review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — The Storms of Crait contains minor spoilers.
The Storms of Crait is a visually dynamic one-shot comic that aims high to add some previously unknown threads tying The Last Jedi to the Original Trilogy era.
The book succeeds, largely, thanks to the superb art by Mike Mayhew, which capably adapts a slightly awkward script by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (they’re in the midst of a Star Wars writing tear of late) and an antagonist who seems more a cockney-addled Dick Van Dyke than morally ambiguous villain, even for the Star Wars Saga.
This review of Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic — Mace Windu #5 contains minor spoilers.
After five issues of the Mace Windu mini series, readers are left with a bevy of questions, chief among them: What was the purpose?
It’s a difficult answer, but it’s there, in plain sight. Yet the answer is different to each and ever individual reader. For some, it may be, nothing, there was no purpose. For others, it was an exercise in futility. For me? It was a matter of practicing patience, holding out for something deeper.
It was a long wait, yes, and the story that Matt Owens penned is a profound one, though it’s overlooked, at times, because of vexing hue and cry over the art that envelopes the story. (That said, the watercolor cover by Rod Reis is a thing of beauty.)
This review of Poe Dameron #22 contains minor spoilers.
It’s not the Resistance. It’s Organa’s 8.
The effort to secure Lor San Tekka’s freedom from Baron Maccon reaches a fever pitch in the pages of Poe Dameron #22, in an energetic tale that offers readers a primer on how to pull off a heist AND how to try and save the day, too.
Unless of course there’s a wild card in the mix by the name of Terex.
This review of Doctor Aphra #15 contains minor spoilers.
Turns out those weren’t the droids Chelli Aphra was looking for, but they were looking for her.
Doctor Aphra is in the thrall of BT-1 and Triple-Zero and it’s gnawing at her sensibilities, given the complete 180-degree turn in regard to the power dynamic.
Still, for the rogue archeologist for whom conscience has fast become more than a fleeting voice on the wind, part II of the “Remastered” arc is putting her namesake comic back in the stratosphere in terms of adventure, aliens and action.
This review of Star Wars #40 contains minor spoilers.
Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comic is picking up its pace amid the current story arc, threading together events from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story while adding more layers to the complex nature of the Rebellion.
Within the pages of the current issue, written by Kieron Gillen, drawn by Salvador Larroca, colored by GURU-eFX, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, Luke, Leia and Han, along with R2-D2 and C-3PO, are drawn deeper into the tenuous moral fabric that envelops the survivors of Saw Gerrara’s Partisans on the moon of Jedha.
Jocasta Nu is brains and brawn.
Oh, and guns?
Jedi have them and Jocasta uses her with the greatest of efficacy and ease.
That’s just the beginning of what writer Charles Soule and artistic team Guiseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Daniele Orlandini (inks), David Curiel (colors) and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters) have wrought with a tale that is nonstop action even as it offers more detail about the Jedi Order and Nu’s importance to not just it, but Emperor Palpatine, his Empire and the Sith, too.
This arc, part III of “The Dying Light,” is a riveting story, focusing with precision as it does on Nu and the Grand Inquisitor, a fallen Jedi who has harbored a grudge against her over her refusal to share with him deeper Jedi knowledge and lore. Nu makes it clear it wasn’t personal. In her role she had to guard both unready Jedi — masters, knights and padawans — from learning too much and knowing too little.
It’s that knowledge that makes her so valuable to Palpatine and to Vader, but not to the Grand Inquisitor who, despite not being Sith, is consumed by Sith-like desire to punish the one — he believes — denied him the forbidden fruit of knowledge.
Just going to put it all out there: Star Wars: Poe Dameron is the finest of the current crop of Marvel’s Star Wars comics.
It seamlessly threads events from the Prequel, Original and New Trilogies, while paying far more than homage to the characters that have come before it and may yet come again.
The latest issue, Poe Dameron #21, is a splendid example of this, focusing not on just Leia Organa, but the blood ties of her family, past, present and possibly future, too.
If that’s not enough, writer Charles Soule, artist Angel Unzueta, colorist Arif Prianto and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, combine for a riveting and fast-paced story that reads like a heist caper with just enough emotional context to make it solidly satisfying.