Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Alex Ross
It can be argued that the most terrifying place to be in the Star Wars universe is face to face with Darth Vader. That is just where we the reader, and one unlucky Imperial officer, find ourselves at the beginning of Star Wars #3.
Darth Vader has been sent to oversee a top secret Imperial installation. It is deeply hidden and of the utmost secrecy which means it’s far from any known Rebellion activity, exactly where Darth Vader does not want to be. I did groan when the Imperial base was revealed to be the under construction second Death Star. I really have two problems with this, even though I realize full well that it makes sense according to the timeline of events. First is that the Death Star is probably the most overused element in the Original Trilogy era. Secondly, the Death Star seems far too along in the construction. I think it should be less complete considering we are only weeks out from A New Hope.
My favorite part of this story was Han and Chewie on Coruscant. They are on Imperial Center trying to broker a deal for the Rebellion war effort, and of course nothing goes to plan. It all falls apart as Han smells a rat and Stormtroopers rush in. This is the action and fun of the issue. Sadly it’s missing from the rest of the issue.
Leia’s story is full of her dealing with the responsibilities of being in command and trying to keep everyone in line. She really is playing the Mom to this group of Rebel pilots. She is even forced to literally and figuratively ground Luke after he disobeys her orders. Leia is acting as if she has to prove herself. It could be said that this is a true both in universe and out, because we have never seen Leia take on this kind of role before. She has to prove herself to those around her and to us the readers and fans.
The last piece is a tease about our new villain to this series, Colonel Bircher. In 3 issues, we’ve only got a taste of what he has to offer and I know I’m hungry for more. I want to see what he brings and I can’t wait to see him in action.
In the end this issue is another solid entry. Now that the groundwork has been laid we can really get moving.
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