Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #37

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.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #36

This review of Star Wars #36 contains minor spoilers.

There’s a certain dynamic between R2-D2 and C-3PO that we may never truly understand and that’s fine because some mysteries ought to be just that, always.

Yet, in the pages of Star Wars #36, we get a glimmer of that relationship, but in a way that doesn’t overpower the duo’s individual strengths.

This issue brings to a conclusion, nearly a year later, the events of writer Jason Aaron’s “Last Flight of the Harbinger” story arc that ended in Star Wars #25 with C-3PO captured by the Empire.

While Goldenrod isn’t forgotten — he’s just not a high priority — it’s R2-D2 who takes the lead in a one-droid effort to not just free his log-standing partner, but perhaps strike a mortal blow to Darth Vader, too.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Reviews: Star Wars #35

This review of Star Wars #35 contains minor spoilers.

Jason Aaron’s got two issues left on Star Wars. He’s not coasting, either.

With another one-and-done story, the writer of Marvel’s flagship Star Wars comics monthly title is delivering some of the best stories of his career, breathing new and vital layers of complex and daring attitude for those core Original Trilogy characters.

Nowhere is this evidenced more than in Star Wars #35, a character-driven study of Han Solo that ties in not only elements of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, but also A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

More importantly, it gives readers and fans — new and old — a deeper look into what and who Han is, something that’s been missing in this series.

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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.

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Comes To Marvel This April! Get Your First Look!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Comes To Marvel This April – Your First Look!

Featuring Story Content Not Seen In the Film!

New York, NY— March 7th, 2017 — The Rebellion comes to Marvel Comics this spring as one of the biggest films of 2016 becomes one of the biggest comics of 2017! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside the STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #1 – the new series available wherever comics are sold on April 5th! Written by Jody Houser (Max Ride) with art by Emilio Laiso (Star Wars Annual) and Oscar Bazaldua (Gwenpool Holiday Special) , join the harrowing group of Rebels as they embark on a life or death mission to save the galaxy!

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Comics With Kenobi #28

February was a light month for Star Wars yet remained a critical moment for the entire line, with stories in Star Wars: Poe Dameron 11, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra 4 and Star Wars 29 holding true to ongoing storylines that keep pace with expanding the Saga’s character development and exploration of events before the events of the prequel trilogies and the original trilogies, along with ahead of events in The Force Awakens.

We’ve also got a special guest this issue, artist Mike Mayhew, whose work on the vaunted one-shot Obi-Wan Kenobi stories in Marvel’s flagship Star Wars monthly (we dubbed them Obi-Wan Shots) gave readers new insight into not just the last of the Jedi Knights’ time on Tatooine, but an edifying and entertaining glimpse into Luke Skywalker, too.

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Princess Leia, an R2-D2 Adventure, But No Replacement for Darth Vader When November’s Marvel Star Wars Comics Are Released

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Plenty of Princess Leia, more adventures with Poe Dameron, SCAR Troopers vs. the Rebel Alliance and Rey faces down Kylo Ren as November’s Star Wars comics feature a bounty of new tales and continuing adventures, along with a brand new R2-D2 tale by Chris Eliopoulos.

The only thing missing? No replacement, yet, for the about to conclude Star Wars: Darth Vader as fans await — with eagerness and a hint of impatience — word on a third ongoing monthly series, not to mention a mini-series to replace the adaptation of The Force Awakens.

We know something’s coming down the space lanes, thanks to Marvel assistant editor Heather Antos, who tweeted Aug. 18 that she was “Starting a pretty awesome new Star Wars project tomorrow. I’m really excited for this one!”

So, too, are comics fans. Until then, there’s plenty of Star Wars tales to be told and read.
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Marvel’s September Star Wars Comics Feature More From Poe, Han and a Stolen Star Destroyer

STWARS2015023_COLA stolen Star Destroyer, Agent Terex vs. Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata’s castle and a traitor to the Rebellion aboard the Millennium Falcon. Marvel’s September Star Wars comics feature an inordinate amount of action, intrigue and danger, along with a mystery or two.

A bigger mystery? What’s going to replace Star Wars: Darth Vader? There’s no listing, as of yet, for the September solicits, but it’s likely a reveal of a new ongoing may come as the final issue is released in August. Stay tuned!
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Comics With Kenobi Issue # 14 (163)

 

It’s been awhile, but not as long as the wait for Episode VIII is going to be.

Still, it was worth it, given co-hosts Matt Moore and Jeff McGee dive into the comics released since our last issue back in January. (Has it really been almost a month?) and also examine the final sales estimates for comics in 2015, as compiled by John Jackson Miller at his Comichron website.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics in January Feature Lots of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and More

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January is a month of Obi-Wan and Anakin stories, with views of both men in widely different parts of their lives.

Marvel starts the month with the first issue of its Obi-Wan & Anakin five-issue mini-series, the first one dedicated to events between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In the Charles Soule-written and Marco Checchetto story, Obi-Wan and a 13-year-old Anakin find themselves pushed to the limit of their abilities, and their relationship, as they answer a call for help on a remote world. The 32-page issue goes on sale Jan. 6 for $3.99.

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