Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #38

This review of Star Wars #38 contains minor spoilers.

There’s more to Jedha than we thought we knew.

It’s clear that the planet featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is far more than just a checkmark on planets the Empire has reduced to rubble.

Writer Kieron Gillen, who takes over Marvel’s flagship monthly, marks his debut with a wildly engaging romp that bridges not just Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels, but the endpoint of the original trilogy, too.

In short, Luke, Leia, Han and Sana — but not Chewbacca — find themselves seeking out the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s partisans, whom we last saw furiously fleeing the rolling devastation of earth, concussive force and and dust of the Empire’s “statement.”

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #4

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #4 contains minor spoilers.

If ever you wondered if there was any hope of redemption for Captain Phasma, the final installment of her four-issue mini series easily scuttles any such sentiment.

Without giving too much away for those who have yet to conclude writer Kelly Thompson’s excellent story, it’s easy to say that Captain Phasma is quite true to herself, and only herself.

All others? Disposable, extraneous and of no concern to Phasma. This is important, given the impending release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the preview of which featured a furious bout of combat between her and Finn.
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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #3

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #3 contains minor spoilers.

If ever there was any doubt as to Captain Phasma’s lack of self doubt, let the penultimate issue of this mini series stand as the crucible of her iron will.

Captain Phasma is brutal, conniving and utterly devoid of sentimentality and the lengths to which she’ll go to ensure her dominance and success truly knows no end.

Such is the path this phantom of Parnassos treads and it’s clear of conscience, remorse or regret.

Writer Kelly Thompson is adding more and more to the legend that is Phasma, building on what we already learned from Delilah S. Dawson’s portrait in the Phasma novel. While readers of that book will find a reference or two to Phasma’s past in the comic, it’s not needed.

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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: Captain Phasma #2

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Captain Phasma #2 contains minor spoilers.

The first rule of the First Order? Don’t mess with Captain Phasma.

The second rule? See the first rule.

Such is the rubric in this second issue of a four-issue mini by Kelly Thompson that is drawn by Marco Checchetto, colored by Andres Mossa, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles and edited by Heather Antos and Jordan D. White. (The main cover is by Paul Renaud.)

Phasma is hunting down, not tracking, First Order Lt. Sol Rivas who may, or may not, be aware that Phasma lowered the shields of Starkiller Base, resulting in its ultimate demise.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Annual #3

This review of Star Wars Annual #3 contains minor spoilers.

You can learn a lot about a person when they’re under pressure, under the gun and overwhelmed.

Thanks to the tight storytelling of writer Jason LaTour and artist Michael Walsh, our understanding of the unique dynamic between Han Solo and Princess Leia is on solid ground, even if the earth beneath them is constantly quaking.

Their 33-page story in Star Wars Annual #3 is a fast-paced journey, drawing inspiration from the Indiana Jones franchise, while upholding the standard for brisk Star Wars action and adventure.

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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 Review: Rogue One #6

This review of Star Wars: Rogue One #6 contains minor spoilers.

It was no secret how Rogue One was going to end.

We all saw it coming.

Yet that did little to stop the team behind the six-issue film adaptation from adding one last, lofty and piercing surprise to throw us for a loop. All it took was a series of words that for some Star Wars fans, were the first they ever read.

Rogue One ended as it began with rich detail, added material and luxurious storytelling in words and images.

The final issue of Rogue One wasn’t bereft of the extreme emotional toll of losing the entire Rebel band on Scarif. That grief and shock remained lasting and durable.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Captain Phasma #1

This review of Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Captain Phasma #1 contains minor spoilers.

It’s been a banner week for Captain Phasma: A new novel from Delilah S. Dawson and the first issue of a four-issue mini series from Kelly Thompson.

Not a bad way to begin the hype cycle for Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Both books provide a lot more depth into the character herself, something sorely lacking since her 2015 debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It was worth the wait, particularly with the Captain Phasma comic book.

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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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