Review: Star Wars #2

Star Wars 2 Review banner Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: John Cassaday Colorist: Laura Martin Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos Cover Artists: Cassaday & Martin Marvel made a very big splash with Star Wars #1 last month, but after the hype and excitement of the big relaunch has died down, what are we left with?  Issue #2 answers that question.
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Star Wars #2

The issue opens with another crawler.  As much as I loved the opening of the previous issue, I'm glad we did not get a repeat of it here.  Most Marvel comics use the first page to let the reader know what happened last time.  For Star Wars it makes sense to have it be a crawler.  I do worry about it becoming a gimmick though. The story opens right where we left off in issue #1, with Luke and Vader facing each other.  It's interesting to see them face each other without them knowing who the other truly is.  Vader does more damage with his words than his saber, telling Luke he is not even worth the effort to  kill.  It's interesting that Vader does not yet realize that Luke is the one who destroyed the Death Star. Vader does not have the chance to kill Luke however, as they're interrupted by Han driving a captured AT-AT.  Even with an AT-AT on their side, Vader takes control of the battle.  He refuses to let the Rebels escape with the freed slaves, using Luke's captured lightsaber to cut down the fleeing prisoners.  It's here that we get the heart of the issue as Luke is struggling with watching those he promised freedom and safety get cut down by the Dark Lord using his own lightsaber. Meanwhile, Han and Leia trade insults on board the AT-AT as they try to save everyone.  Jason Aaron has done a good job of capturing the friction between Han and Leia, you can almost hear Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher bickering back and forth.  Unfortunately for them, it takes more than a walker to stop Vader.  Darth Vader versus an AT-AT feels like something out of The Force Unleashed, but it works here because it never goes that far over the top. This issue is solid action starting with Luke and Vader and then escalating once the AT-AT comes into play.  The action is only broken up by a brief Threepio scene of him trying to deal with the scavengers who are dismantling the Falcon.  This was my least favorite part of the book, but it did feel in line with Threepio as a character.  I was reminded of his scenes in the droid factory and arena from Attack of the Clones. Two issues in and things are looking very good for Marvel's Star Wars.  Aaron has captured the voice of the characters quite well, and Cassaday's art gives us the fast paced action that we are used to.  
4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 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.