Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Alex Ross
Star Wars #1 opened with nice character moments then threw us into a dogfight. You would think that #2 would have to open bigger. What do we open with? Han Solo snoring as the Falcon floats in deep space.
Han Solo is a man with some unusual problems in Star Wars #2. He is a rich man with his own ship and no one watching over his shoulder, but he can’t go anywhere near a civilized system. Not only is he now on the bad side of the Hutt clans, but he is also wanted by the Empire. He’s stuck with a small fortune in currency he can’t spend and a very large target on his back.
Any plans he had are quickly put on hold when Boba Fett shows up. I understand that Boba Fett is the best bounty hunter in the galaxy and that he has some personal beef with Solo, but it just feels a bit too easy to have Boba Fett show up. It could’ve just as easily been any other bounty hunter in the galaxy or even an Imperial fighter. Dengar is a bounty hunter with a personal issue against Solo. Dengar gets no love. I’m hoping that the Boba Fett connection comes back into the story to mean something later, otherwise it just feels lazy.
The real high point of this issue for me was Princess Leia’s story. She has been tasked by Mon Mothma to find the Rebellion a new home and flush out the spy in the fleet. We get a nice moment with her mourning the loss of her home planet. You feel the loss and her strength as she pushes through the pain to get the job done.
The fact that Leia is leading the secret fighter mission adds enough of a new element to keep it from feeling like a retread of the Rogue Squadron books. If it had been Luke or Wedge leading the mission it would feel like a copy. It’s refreshing to see Leia leading the charge and stuck in the political chambers.
The final element is Colonel Bircher taking over command of Darth Vader’s flagship. He is an Imperial commander who feels that Darth Vader’s running of the ship was not strict enough. That alone says that this is not a man to be trifled with.
Issue #2 continues what #1 started. Pulling elements that feel familiar but are put together in a way that feels fresh. Lots of pieces of this story have been done before, but the story is spinning off into new directions and hopefully we will end up somewhere we did not expect.
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