Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #40

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #40

This review of Star Wars #40 contains minor spoilers.

Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comic is picking up its pace amid the current story arc, threading together events from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story while adding more layers to the complex nature of the Rebellion.

Within the pages of the current issue, written by Kieron Gillen, drawn by Salvador Larroca, colored by GURU-eFX, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, Luke, Leia and Han, along with R2-D2 and C-3PO, are drawn deeper into the tenuous moral fabric that envelops the survivors of Saw Gerrara’s Partisans on the moon of Jedha.

It’s here where the divide becomes apparent, not just that of the Rebel Alliance and the Partisans, but Luke and Leia, too, given they’re conflicted as to how best to help not just those who remain in Jedha, but why and in what manner. Gillen’s writing tackles the moral ambiguity that permeates a rebellion and insurrection, while threading, delicately, the role that religion — in this case, Jedi dogma, perceived or otherwise — plays in this.

What follows is a riveting story, even for this arc, that dives deeper into the “Ashes of Jedha” story.

More to the point, it’s Luke and Leia whose character development shines, coming in on opposing sides when it comes to how the war against the Empire should — and could — be waged.

What this creates will play out within the next issue, but suffice it to say, Leia’s call back to the last words she spoke with her father, Bail Organa, are emotionally inductive.

For Luke? This is a pivotal time: Does he take the path to fanaticism? Or can he, as the perceived last Jedi, delicately balance on the edge of razor?

Star Wars #40 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

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

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