Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #39

This review of Star Wars #39 contains minor spoilers.

The damage on Jedha looked bad from above the moon. It’s even worse on it.

As the “Ashes of Jedha” arc continues through Marvel’s flagship monthly Star Wars title, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca have stocked #39 with a mix of powerful prose and imagery, along with some much-needed yet not over-the-top levity.

Indeed, the crux of the second part of this story arc is the admission of damage done to the moon during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While viewers saw the roiling rock and dirt and rising spire of dust, debris and death, it’s in the pages of the comic that we see its toll on those residents left behind and Saw Gerrera’s surviving Partisans.

It’s not pretty. It’s not hopeful. It’s not optimistic.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #38

This review of Star Wars #38 contains minor spoilers.

There’s more to Jedha than we thought we knew.

It’s clear that the planet featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is far more than just a checkmark on planets the Empire has reduced to rubble.

Writer Kieron Gillen, who takes over Marvel’s flagship monthly, marks his debut with a wildly engaging romp that bridges not just Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, but the endpoint of the original trilogy, too.

In short, Luke, Leia, Han and Sana — but not Chewbacca — find themselves seeking out the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s partisans, whom we last saw furiously fleeing the rolling devastation of earth, concussive force and and dust of the Empire’s “statement.”

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Marvel Star Wars Comics January Solicits

 

January’s Star Wars comics offer a peek into the life of Star Wars: The Last Jedi character DJ, the mystery man played by Benicio Del Toro.

There’s a conclusion, too, in the showdown between Darth Vader and Jocasta Nu.

While in not one, but two, issues of Star Wars, the ashes of Jedha are stoked as the fire burns within Luke Skywalker.

Doctor Aphra finds herself neck deep in trouble, again, as a familiar face may lend a helping hand or, perhaps, a swift kick.

While in the pages of Poe Dameron, Gen. Leia Organa and Black Squadron find themselves stymied in their crucial search for Lor San Tekka on a covert and dangerous mission to Cato Neimoidia.

Read on to find out more about January’s six Marvel Star Wars comics, including creative teams and more.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #37

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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #36

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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Reviews: Star Wars #35

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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics’ November Solicits

November’s seven Star Wars comics see the debut of Kieron Gillen on the main monthly, two issues of Darth Vader, the penultimate issue of the Mace Windu five-issue mini series and ongoing adventures with Poe Dameron and Doctor Aphra.

Also? Inquisitors!

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars 34

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.

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Comics With Kenobi Issue #26 (238)

It’s never easy losing a friend, an idol, an icon. The loss of Carrie Fisher is one we won’t forget and will feel, acutely, through 2017 and beyond.

It’s among the reasons this episode starts somber, and for good reason, but we never lose sight of the hope that Star Wars brings its legion of fans and the community that has built itself up around the Saga.
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Comics With Kenobi Issue #22 (208)

Despite technology’s best effort to thwart them, Jeff McGee and Matt Moore are back for another issue, diving deep into Marvel’s Star Wars comics from September, including Star Wars #22, The Force Awakens #3, Han Solo #3, Poe Dameron #5 and Darth Vader #24.
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