Script: JW Rinzler
Art: Mike Mayhew
Colors: Rain Beredo
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Nick Runge
Variant Cover: Ralph McQuarrie
Issue #2 of The Star Wars wastes no time in getting into the action. Once again The Star Wars shows us many events that are familiar but they have been altered slightly or rearranged into a new shape and story.
The issue opens where A New Hope ends. With our heroes in peril and the Death Star, or as it’s called here the Space Fortress, in orbit around Aquilae. The Empire has made their move against the Jedi stronghold on Aquilae. General Luke Skywalker has taken Kane Starkiller as his padawan learner, and the royal family is in danger.
There is a lot going on in this issue, but the plot is pretty basic and doesn’t advance much. Most of this issue is devoted to action with the fighters of Devil Squad going up against the Imperial Space Fortress. While General Skywalker tries to protect the Royal Family and prepare his forces for a war that the King and Queen are not ready for.
The space battle is exciting, but it is also basically the Battle of Yavin minus the Trench Run. That is the hardest part about talking about this book, it is inevitably going to be compared to a movie that is near and dear to all our hearts and we know very very well. It’s hard not to talk about the different parts and compare them to what we know from the films. I say films because there are elements here from all over the Star Wars saga, not just A New Hope.
One of the biggest differences is the character of General Luke Skywalker, he is obviously not the wide eyed innocence of Mark Hamill, nor is he the wizened elder teacher that Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan was. He is ruthless and harsh, a warrior who gives no quarter, not even to his new padawan, Kane Starkiller.
The most unusual thing was seeing R2-D2 talking. We are introduced to C-3PO and R2-D2 here, and it did make me smile to see the original McQuarrie, Metropolis inspired C-3PO design and multi-armed R2-D2.
JW Rinzler continues to do the best he can with the Lucas draft dialogue, and Mike Mayhew’s art continues to feel both familiar to the saga we know and feel completely new. I’m excited to see where this story goes, since it feels like in two issues we have gone through most of the A New Hope story.
Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.