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.
As such, “Revenge of the Astromech” is a fun issue with great pacing and a lot of humor, subtle or otherwise. The focus on R2-D2 is evident throughout, starting with the cover by Mike Mayhew.
The art, by Salvador Larroca, is at its usual high level of quality, though his increasing use of almost photo-realistic faces on some characters remains jarring. (Fun fact? The Imperial officer is Star Wars: Poe Dameron artist Angel Unzueta.)
The colors by Edgar Delgado are vibrant and add to the air of spaceborne toil and travails in a way that advances the action while helping keep events grounded. Letters, by VC’s Clayton Cowles, pop as needed, furthering the cinematic aspects of the story.
That story does sparkle. It’s a refreshing style as Aaron winds down his time on the book, and captures the nuances of both droids in a refreshing manner. There’s some laugh-aloud moments, yes, but also some real suspense, too. Much like the films.
Aaron’s penultimate issue is a choice selection.
As a standalone, it’s great, but Aaron being Aaron, it ends on a cliff hangar, one that is likely to blow open the pages of Star Wars #37 and leave a scar.
Star Wars #36 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
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