Review: Star Wars #20

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Script: Brian Wood
Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Hugh Fleming

Princess Leia is trying to track down a deep cover operative for the Alliance.  Seren Song is not only an undercover spy for the Alliance, but also an old friend of Leia’s.  Seren has missed her extractions and some are beginning to question not only her loyalty but the validity of her distress calls.

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The story opens with Leia and Han retrieving something from a comet that is floating through interstellar space.  I’m not really sure what this has to do with repairing the Falcon or exactly what they are collecting.  We get some fun bickering dialogue between Han and Leia and that’s really the point of the scene.

Seren is on the run and being chased by IG-88.  I’m so happy that they chose not to use Boba Fett here.  It’s great to see another one of the classic bounty hunters being used.  IG-88 being a droid does add some interesting twists to the story and the action beats.  However, I do think he talks to himself a bit more than a droid probably would.  Maybe his programming is faulty.

Things heat up as both IG-88 and the Falcon are tracking Seren.  IG-88 is hoping to score on both and win himself twice the payday on one job.  This all builds to a shoot out between the Falcon and IG-88 while Seren’s ship hangs in the balance, pulled into the gravity of the planet below.  Luke, who doesn’t have much to do in this issue, gets a brief moment to shine and prove his growing power and abilities.

The story here wraps with a nice moment talking about life and loss.  All these characters have suffered some tragedy and have to had a way to cope and deal with that loss.

This is the final issue in Brian Wood’s Star Wars run.  This has been a polarizing run, starting out very strong and ultimately ending in this abbreviated finale.  It’s an abrupt ending, but they have set the stage to go into Empire Strikes Back.  This run has had some low points, but I give credit to the creative team for taking chances and not falling back to old well worn tropes.  This chapter of the Star Wars saga has come to a close.

3/5 Kath Hounds

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.