Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #44

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #44
  • Words: Kieron Gillen
  • Art: Salvador Larroca
  • Colors: GURU-eFX
  • Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
  • Editors: Heather Antos and Jordan D. White
  • Covers: David Marquez and Matt Wilson, Rod Reis

This review of Star Wars #44 contains minor spoilers.

Even rebellions with charismatic leaders can find their aspirations doused by cold water. Yet it’s a testament to those who lead rebellions that fight water with fire.

The latest issue of Star Wars marks the start of a new story arc, “Mutiny at Mona Cala,” and it’s a solid start to the tale, as it dives right in to the action while at the same time giving readers a parallel story of how it’s not just divisive deeds, but careful words, that can make or break the Rebel Alliance. The thrust is simply this: The alliance needs ships. Big, capital ships. Mon Cala’s mercantile fleet has ’em, lots of ’em, and Gial Ackbar is keen on making those available to his compatriots.

The only problem is that while Ackbar is eager to offer up his planet’s resources, the acting governor of the planet, Admiral Urtya, isn’t so keen to help. Not out of spite, but out of his sense of duty to the people. If Mon Cala makes ships available, it’s the residents of the watery world who will suffer and, quite ostensibly, die screaming under an already tight Imperial yoke.

Ackbar makes his case, bolstered by Leia Organa, that duty to a just cause is worth the sacrifice, but Urtya, rightly so, knows that the bigger issue in play is a responsibility to the many, instead of, to borrow an old chestnut from Star Trek, the needs of the few.

It’s a profound sentiment that echoes through the issue and sets the stage for the rest of the arc as Leia, while stung by Urtya’s decision to politely decline, sees a bold solution that’s fitting for a small band of tenacious rebels to do something big in spite of the odds or, rather, because of them. That she relies on Queen Trios is a great way to bridge the events of the previous “Ashes of Jedha” arc, ensuring that the affirmations agreed upon then hold true now.

There’s little to complain about with this issue, aside from some dialogue that seems out of place from Han Solo and a panel or two that should have been stacked on one page. Otherwise, it’s a fitting start to to this new arc and to the series.

Star Wars #44 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

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