Review: Star Wars #16

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Script: Brian Wood
Pencils: Stephane Crety
Inks: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Sean Cooke

The Rebellion thought they had found a new home on the planet Arrochar, but things are getting more complicated the longer they stay.  Resentment is building between the people of Arrochar and the Rebels.

Star Wars #16

Star Wars #16

Last month’s issue left me wanting more and not in a good way.  I was unsure of what to expect when I picked up this current issue.  I’ve enjoyed this book since the beginning, but I have not been enjoying the Arrochar storyline so far.  As I’ve said previously, so much of it feels like stories we’ve already read and the art direction has a very non-Star Wars feel to it.  Everything feels very earthbound, lacking the fantastical.  There is more to enjoy in this current issue than we had last month though.

We open with Wedge trying to teach a group of Arrochar pilots about tactics and the Z-95 headhunters the Alliance is giving them and how it doesn’t stack up to the classic X-wing.  It’s clear that Wedge is uncomfortable in this situation.  I miss the older more confident Wedge from the X-wing novels.  However, I do have to remind myself that this is not the same Wedge, he is much younger and not yet that seasoned veteran.

This conflict between the Alliance and the people of Arrochar is the main thrust of the story.  There is a clear separation between the feelings of the royalty on Arrochar and the people.  The people are more isolationist and don’t want to get involved with either the Alliance or the Empire.  Meanwhile the Alliance is trying to make good on their promises with the limited amount of materials they have available.  The threat of the Empire looms constantly.

While Mon Mothma and Leia try to deal with the demands of the Arrochar, Han and Chewie go up to investigate an Imperial freighter that jumped into the system, and Luke has been sent into the mountains with a group of Rangers on a patrol and maintenance mission.  These last two are the more interesting stories here.  Luke is struggling to find his place, while Han seems to have gotten more comfortable.

My favorite scene in the book is Luke alone in the dark on the side of a mountain, wondering if he heard Ben’s voice in the wind.  It’s a small scene but it’s easily the most Star Wars moment in the whole book.

Even though I have my problems with the plot here, I am enjoying Brian Wood’s writing.  I feel he has a good handle on the characters themselves.  Once the characters leave the city in the second half of the book, Stephane Crety’s art becomes much more visually interesting.

While many of the problems from the previous issue are still here, there is more to enjoy this time around.  I am less worried about next month’s issue than I was going into this one.

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

Advanced Review Copy (ARC) courtesy of Dark Horse. All staff members can be contacted at staff@eucantina.net.

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.