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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #42

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #42

This review of Star Wars #42 contains minor spoilers.

The undercurrent of leadership and sacrifice is rife through the penultimate chapter of the “Ashes of Jedha” arc that is Star Wars #42.

This is storytelling by writer Kieron Gillen that’s quickly approaching legendary status, diving as it does into the concepts of self, group and alliance not just for Luke and Leia, but Han, too, as he grapples with reconciling the notion of being an authority figure with his ingrained identity as rogue and scoundrel.

It’s also a respectful, if not deeply emotional, nod to those who fell in pursuit of lofty goals and ideals, name Rogue One. To have the team mentioned in this issue, by Luke to the Partisans’ Ubin, is a punch to the gut, but also a harbinger of contentment, as we know that team’s sacrifice is not merely the stuff of Rebellion legend, but of Rebellion conscience, too.

And that’s why this issue is so compelling, profound even: It stretches the boundaries of not just the main characters from the Original Trilogy, but melds those films and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story into an intertwined, pulsing, living thing.

As for adventure, the issue is no slouch. Salvador Larroca excels at drawing kinetic, crowded scenes and he does quite well in this one, though, again, his facial filters are vexing, drawing as they do on existing scenes from the Original Trilogy films.

That, sometimes, is jarring enough to take a reader out of the story’s flow, even if the intended effect is to pay homage to something we’ve seen over and over again.

Still, it’s not enough to detract from the overall story, even if there’s an errant typo or word mix up, which is rare for the letter, VC’s Clayton Cowles. The colors, though, are splendid and GURU-eFX has really emboldened its use of primary colors to augment Larroca’s art and mesh nicely with Cowles’ letters when its needed.

This issue is a stalwart outing for the editorial team, steered by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, and has baited the hook for what is likely to be a stellar conclusion.

Star Wars #42 is in comic shops, 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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