Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Ryan Kelly
Inks: Dan Parsons
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker have been arrested by the Empire, but it’s all part of the plan. Han Solo is piloting a garbage scow while being chased by Boba Fett, he never has a plan. Princess Leia has taken off and erased all record of her leaving the fleet, but something shows up that changes her plan. Darth Vader is forming a plan.
This is where we open up with issue #8. Wedge and Luke are on board the Star Destroyer Devastator. This feels like an alternate universe version of A New Hope. It’s the same ship that captured Princess Leia over Tatooine. Although Luke seems to have planned his escape a bit better this time around. At least he brought the lightsaber with him this time. Wedge gets the best line with “…you’re the expert at breaking out of detention centers.”
Han and Chewie are still trying to get off of Coruscant. Just when they thought they had found the perfect ride off planet and were home free, Boba Fett and Bossk show up to blast holes, quite literally, in their escape plan. This is the big action set piece of the book, featuring some great misdirection by Han who almost gets away with it. But he ends up in an even worse situation by the end of it. I really like the inclusion of Bossk, I don’t think I can ever complain about getting too much Bossk. I think I’m just a little Fett-ed out right now, seems like he’s been featured in every Star Wars comic recently. Hopefully it plays into the larger story in a significant way.
Some people may complain that Darth Vader is not getting enough story time. This issue he is only featured on one page. At this point in the saga, Darth Vader works best in small amounts. We all know that he is working on discovering the truth behind Luke Skywalker and what that means for the future of the galaxy.
By far my favorite part of the issue was Princess Leia’s story. The whole series has felt like Princess Leia’s story, torn between being the strong leader who doesn’t have “time for her sorrows” from the film and dealing with the fact that the Rebellion’s future has been placed on her shoulders. In such an action packed book her story stands out by being slow and emotional. She has discovered a new mystery while exploring the Alderaanian Graveyard. We have to wait until next issue to see what this means for Leia, the surviving Alderaanian people and the Rebellion.
Everything that has been good about the last 7 books, continues here. This book is quickly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars EU stories.
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