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.
The former for the core heroes of this Saga — Leia, Luke, Han, Chewbacca and Sana Starros — the latter for the blindly obedient and fanatical members of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader’s SCAR Squadron.
The story is violent, brutal even, but it needs to be. The pace is carried along by Salvador Larroca’s art, while Edgar Delgado’s colors lend an air of ominous forebearing on every page. VC’s Clayton Cowles’ letters give the emphasis needed, helping impart Aaron’s words.
This story is dark, brooding and intense, yet it’s worth the emotional investment. The final page, awash with bright yellows and delicate shadows, encapsulates the essence that is Star Wars, no matter the medium.
In the backup story, narrated by Ben Kenobi, Jason, along with Dash Aaron, craft a compelling tale about a side of Tusken Raiders readers don’t typically see if they’ve not read John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi.
Even so, this piece, lushly illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino and colored by Lee Loughridge, offers a broad view of the harsh existence on Tatooine for Sand People, showing the hate and resentment proffered upon them by settlers and the discrimination they face in so-called “civilized society.”
It’s evocative, to a degree, of the backup story in the final issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1, but whereas that focused on Darth Vader’s mystique and impact upon the Tuskens, this story is smaller in scope, focusing on Tuskens themselves.
It’s a revelation, too, serving as a meditation by Obi-Wan Kenobi on the nature of the sand, its lifegiving and life taking ways. Despite its brevity, it’s a story for the ages. Much like the entire issue.
Star Wars #37 is in comic shops now, selling for $4.99, and on Comixology.Powered by Sidelines