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 #37 contains minor spoilers.
Jason Aaron could have ended his tenure writing Marvel’s flagship Star Wars series with a burst of frenetic energy and action signifying nothing more than immediate gratification.
Instead, he concluded his adventuresome run with a big bang of swirling violence, darkly driven characters and above all, new beginnings.
There’s no doubting Aaron’s prowess as a story teller. It’s on display in this final outing — only temporary, we hope — both in in the main story and the stellar backup that brings readers another tale from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Tatooine daries.
Despite the orgy of violence in the first story, it’s ultimately a tale of hope and redemption, leaping off the pages starting with the cover by Mike Mayhew.
This review of Star Wars #36 contains minor spoilers.
There’s a certain dynamic between R2-D2 and C-3PO that we may never truly understand and that’s fine because some mysteries ought to be just that, always.
Yet, in the pages of Star Wars #36, we get a glimmer of that relationship, but in a way that doesn’t overpower the duo’s individual strengths.
This issue brings to a conclusion, nearly a year later, the events of writer Jason Aaron’s “Last Flight of the Harbinger” story arc that ended in Star Wars #25 with C-3PO captured by the Empire.
While Goldenrod isn’t forgotten — he’s just not a high priority — it’s R2-D2 who takes the lead in a one-droid effort to not just free his log-standing partner, but perhaps strike a mortal blow to Darth Vader, too.
This review of Star Wars #35 contains minor spoilers.
Jason Aaron’s got two issues left on Star Wars. He’s not coasting, either.
With another one-and-done story, the writer of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comics monthly title is delivering some of the best stories of his career, breathing new and vital layers of complex and daring attitude for those core Original Trilogy characters.
Nowhere is this evidenced more than in Star Wars #35, a character-driven study of Han Solo that ties in not only elements of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, but also A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
More importantly, it gives readers and fans — new and old — a deeper look into what and who Han is, something that’s been missing in this series.
This review of Star Wars #34 contains minor spoilers.
There’s a certain satisfaction when you come across a neatly contained one-issue story in comic books. Star Wars #34 is exactly that, given it’s briskly paced, energetically illustrated and rollicking from start to finish.
This issue, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, with colors by Edgar Delgado and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, focuses on Lando Calrissian and Capt. Sana Starros.
It is, to be blunt, pure joy to read, from the cover by Mike Mayhew to the final page with the surprising reveal, setting the stage for issue #35.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Comes To Marvel This April – Your First Look!
Featuring Story Content Not Seen In the Film!
New York, NY— March 7th, 2017 — The Rebellion comes to Marvel Comics this spring as one of the biggest films of 2016 becomes one of the biggest comics of 2017! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #1 – the new series available wherever comics are sold on April 5th! Written by Jody Houser (Max Ride) with art by Emilio Laiso (Star Wars Annual) and Oscar Bazaldua (Gwenpool Holiday Special) , join the harrowing group of Rebels as they embark on a life or death mission to save the galaxy!
February was a light month for StarWars yet remained a critical moment for the entire line, with stories in StarWars: Poe Dameron 11, StarWars: DoctorAphra 4 and StarWars 29 holding true to ongoing storylines that keep pace with expanding the Saga’s character development and exploration of events before the events of the prequel trilogies and the original trilogies, along with ahead of events in TheForceAwakens.
We’ve also got a special guest this issue, artist MikeMayhew, whose work on the vaunted one-shot Obi-Wan Kenobi stories in Marvel’s flagship StarWars monthly (we dubbed them Obi-Wan Shots) gave readers new insight into not just the last of the Jedi Knights’ time on Tatooine, but an edifying and entertaining glimpse into Luke Skywalker, too.
Plenty of Princess Leia, more adventures with Poe Dameron, SCAR Troopers vs. the Rebel Alliance and Rey faces down Kylo Ren as November’s Star Wars comics feature a bounty of new tales and continuing adventures, along with a brand new R2-D2 tale by Chris Eliopoulos.
The only thing missing? No replacement, yet, for the about to conclude Star Wars: Darth Vader as fans await — with eagerness and a hint of impatience — word on a third ongoing monthly series, not to mention a mini-series to replace the adaptation of The Force Awakens.
We know something’s coming down the space lanes, thanks to Marvel assistant editor Heather Antos, who tweeted Aug. 18 that she was “Starting a pretty awesome new Star Wars project tomorrow. I’m really excited for this one!”
So, too, are comics fans. Until then, there’s plenty of Star Wars tales to be told and read. Read more
A stolen Star Destroyer, Agent Terex vs. Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata’s castle and a traitor to the Rebellion aboard the Millennium Falcon. Marvel’s September Star Wars comics feature an inordinate amount of action, intrigue and danger, along with a mystery or two.
A bigger mystery? What’s going to replace Star Wars: Darth Vader? There’s no listing, as of yet, for the September solicits, but it’s likely a reveal of a new ongoing may come as the final issue is released in August. Stay tuned! Read more