Review: Star Wars #1

Star Wars 1 Review banner Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: John Cassaday Colorist: Laura Martin Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos Cover Artists: Cassaday & Martin A new era in Star Wars has begun with Star Wars returning to it's first comic publisher, Marvel.  Star Wars #1 is the first book to carry the Marvel logo since 1987 and the third series to simply be called Star Wars.  Dark Horse comics had an impressive run with the Star Wars license but now the slate has been wiped clean and all those previous titles have been rebranded as Legends (the only exception being the 2014 Darth Maul mini-series.)
Star Wars 1

Star Wars #1

Needless to say this is a landmark issue, but what about the book itself?  The book opens with a black page that simply reads "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."  Turn the page to a full two page spread that is the classic yellow Star Wars logo set on a starry background, I could hear the John Williams music in my head as I turned the page to read the opening crawler.  From the first page I immediately felt at home and couldn't help but smile.  It's a silly gimmick, but it absolutely works.  Many of the Star Wars comics I've read over the years have opened with the words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" or have presented an opening crawl, but none of them have ever done it quite like this. The story starts with an envoy from Jabba the Hutt coming to negotiate a trade agreement with the Empire on the planet Cymoon 1.  Jabba has sent his best man to negotiate with the Empire, Han Solo.  We quickly realize that this is all part of a Rebel plot to destroy the facility and shut down the weapons factory.  The Imperials are quickly overwhelmed by our heroes including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Artoo. From here the story jumps into action, Han and Leia set to planting the explosives while Luke stands watch.  Luke gets one of my favorite moments as he uses his burgeoning connection to the Force and sets out to free slaves hidden in the facility.  I really feel that they captured Luke's unique mixture of naivete, heart and arrogance as he sets out to free the slaves and take on the slave master.  It was great to see him quoting Obi-wan's guidance as he uses the Force. The issue culminates in the arrival of the Imperial negotiator, Darth Vader, and things quickly spiral out of control.  The issue closes with Luke receiving a message from Obi-wan through the force simply saying "Run." Jason Aaron's writing has captured much of the excitement of A New Hope.  I could hear most of the dialogue in the actor's voices with only a few lines feeling off.  John Cassaday's art gives the story the speed and pacing that is uniquely Star Wars with plenty of inventive new twists and turns.  I especially loved Darth Vader's improvised shielding.  It's clear that those involved are not only talented but care for the Star Wars galaxy.  Marvel knew they had to make a big impression with their first Star Wars issue, and they have succeeded.
4.5/5 Kath Hounds

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

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.