Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars 34

Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars 34

This review of Star Wars #34 contains minor spoilers.

There’s a certain satisfaction when you come across a neatly contained one-issue story in comic books. Star Wars #34 is exactly that, given it’s briskly paced, energetically illustrated and rollicking from start to finish.

This issue, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, with colors by Edgar Delgado and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, focuses on Lando Calrissian and Capt. Sana Starros.

It is, to be blunt, pure joy to read, from the cover by Mike Mayhew to the final page with the surprising reveal, setting the stage for issue #35.

Titled “The Thirteen Crates,” this one-and-done tale is akin to the one-issue stories that focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s compact, concise and sacrifices little to provide a reading experience that has been missing in some of the series’ ongoing story arc.

It’s also a revelation, too. Sana and Lando have a connection, and it’s not just Han Solo, either. Readers are treated to more layers of the Star Wars galaxy — despite its reach and breadth, it’s still a place where creatures of all stripes are on a first-name basis.

What Aaron has composed is a loving paean to the Lando we’ve known, while building on the rich five-issue mini-series in which he starred. For Sana, the story is a chance to delve a bit more into her background. She’s very much front and center in this one, and that’s a blessing. She has an intriguing tapestry that serves as her backstory, one that has given us just a few threads — there’s so much more to see.

Suffice it to say, Lando and Sana are on Coruscant, two rogues in need of a friendly face, but also competent back up. They get that and, as always, there’s more to their bargain. No surprise, given running guns is never a smooth ride, even when Hutts are involved, even that one on Tatooine.

Ultimately, “The Thirteen Crates” is a story about staying true to one’s self because even smugglers and ne’er do wells have heart.

Star Wars #34 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #34, due out Sept. 5.)

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