Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi — DJ: Most Wanted

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi — DJ: Most Wanted

This review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — DJ: Most Wanted contains minor spoilers.

When it was announced, the immediate reaction was “Why?” After reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi — DJ: Most Wanted, I answer “Why not?”

A $4.99 one shot that details the events surrounding the enigmatic DJ and how came to be in that jail cell on Canto Bight to meet Rose Tico and Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this a solidly told story that’s more The Usual Suspects than Star Wars.

While it works, it certainly doesn’t explode, either.

The Ben Acker and Ben Blacker-written dialogue — and make no mistake, this is a dialogue-drive story — has ruminant traces of noir-inspired exposition that’s engaging, but sometimes weighs on the overall story.

This is an issue that’s meant to be read, slowly and with purpose, as nuance abounds, but has to be cultivated, too. That’s made easier by the art, courtesy of penciller Kevin Walker, inker Marc Deering and colorist Java Tartaglia. They capture every quality of Canto Bight, from its luxurious environs inside the casino to the action on the gaming tables to the assorted creatures and characters that have come to win big only to lose bigger.

A specific nod to VC’s Clayton Cowles, too. His efforts ensured that the conversations among characters, along with DJ’s inner monologue, flowed without interruption or difficulty. That can be hard, particularly in a wordy story such as this.

So, was DJ needed as a comic? Yes and no. The one shot is the perfect example of using another medium to help provide context to another. And for that, DJ: Most Wanted excelled nicely.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — DJ: Most Wanted is in comic shops now, selling for $4.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, tune in to the next episode of Comics With Kenobi.)

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