Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Ryan Kelly
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Rodolfo Migliari
Star Wars #7 is an issue marking some changes for this series. Ryan Kelly, is taking over pencils for Carlos D’Anda. I will miss D’Anda’s artwork. Fresh blood can help keep a story from getting stagnant or repetitive. This is also the beginning of a new chapter for the story.
Darth Vader has his new protege Birra Seah overseeing the construction of the second Death Star, much to the Emperor’s dismay. The Emperor does not like this game that Vader is playing with him and this “acting Moff” Seah. It’s a small scene and a strange way to open the book, but it does tell us a lot about all the characters. Seah is a fiercely loyal Imperial to the point that she is ready to kill herself for disappointing the Emperor. Vader’s communicating through the Force with her feels very odd though, it’s not something we are used to seeing him doing. Of course that is assuming he is communicating through the Force and not through a hidden comlink.
Luke’s return to Tatooine is easily the best scene. It’s a touching moment of Luke and Leia returning to the Lars homestead to give Owen and Beru a proper burial and goodbye. You can almost hear the John Williams score during this scene. Leia shares his sense of grief, pain and loss. Leia confides in Luke about the security leaks and the plans she began with Mon Mothma. Luke has his own idea on how to find the informant.
I enjoyed seeing Luke acting like a proper officer, we see that it was more than just one lucky shot that got him to be Commander Skywalker and the leader of Rogue Squadron. He is capable of planning and he has grown so much since the farm boy that left with Obi-wan only a few weeks prior.
Han and Chewie have found their ride off of Coruscant, and it’s in the back of a garbage scow. I couldn’t help but enjoy seeing the Falcon hidden in the trash. It’s just a funny image considering what everyone says when they first see the Falcon.
Brian Wood’s writing continues to be top notch, I feel like he is really getting to the heart of these characters and the universe. This book has the fun and adventure of A New Hope but we are starting to get more of the emotional depth and deeper meanings that are the best parts of Empire Strikes Back. Kelly’s art is similar to D’Anda but I feel like there is something lacking. As long as Wood continues to write it I’ll read it, even if they are just stick figures. Dark Horse, please don’t make a book with just stick figures.
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