Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Rodolfo Migliari
I never thought I’d say this, especially in regards to Star Wars, but I’m getting tired of dogfights. I can’t believe I even just wrote that sentence, but it’s the truth.
Star Wars #5 opens with the battle we left in the last issue. Wedge, Leia and Tess Alder are scouting a remote world when they’re ambushed by an Interdictor cruiser. The battle and escape are as exciting as any of the action scenes we’ve had so far, but after several issues of this, it feels like more of the same. Even the best thing in the world can become routine if you get too much of it.
Meanwhile on Coruscant, Han Solo is being offered a risky and expensive way to get off the planet. It’s a small scene with not much going on, but we do meet an interesting character who I hope sticks around.
We are now in Issue #5 of this new Star Wars series and the issues have started to feel like they are falling into a pattern. We get an Xwing dogfight, the underworld adventures of Han and Chewie, in fighting amongst the Rebels, and then wrap with a Darth Vader scene.
The previous issues have all had the four separate storylines running in each issue. I would like a bit more variety to be coming in the future issues. Maybe have an issue or two where Darth Vader doesn’t show up, or an entire issue focused on just one storyline.
Luckily, the second half of this issue makes up for a formulaic first half.
My favorite part of this issue was Luke’s scenes with Prithi. Hearing Luke talk about Obi-wan with his loss still being so fresh for him, not fully understanding the messages he is receiving, and that Prithi seems to not only hear Obi-wan speaking but also see him.
A true high point of this series has been the art. I don’t think I’ve given enough credit to Carlos D’Anda’s great cinematic art and layouts. Even knowing the fate of these characters, the art helps to increase the tension and give a real emotion to Brian Wood’s writing.
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