Review: Star Wars #8

Star Wars 8 Review banner Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Stuart Immonen Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger Colorist: Justin Ponsor Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos Cover Artists: Immonen, Von Grawbadger, Ponsor The Star Wars story returns to the present day after last month's Obi-wan Kenobi stand alone issue.  When we last left our heroes, Luke had set off to find out more about being a Jedi, Han and Leia were on the run and being chased by a bounty hunter who we discovered is Han Solo's estranged wife, Sana.
Star Wars 8

Star Wars #8

The Star Wars fandom wasn't sure how to react to the cliffhanger of issue 6.  This is to be expected now that we have entered a new canon.  Everything we thought we knew before is out the window.  However, those hoping for an immediate resolution to the mystery of Mrs. Solo may be upset, as we don't get any more real information about her in this issue.  It does appear that she will be sticking around for a while and will most likely be the main focus of Han's storyline for the next few issues. It seems Leia is just as confused as all us fans.  The story opens on the planet where we last left off.  A Star Destroyer is in orbit and is doing bombing runs to root out the rebels.  Things quickly move away from Han's past and onto Leia's future.  Sana wants to sell Leia to the Imperials for safe passage with Han off the planet.  This deal doesn't seem to be very good for Leia or Han. Sana is quite the match for Han.  He's off balance the whole time trying to convince Leia that Sana is not his wife while also trying to keep Sana from shooting them both.  It feels like a much more embarrassing and personal version of Han's confrontation with Jabba in Return of the Jedi. On the other side of the galaxy, Luke is trying to make sense out of the journal that Obi-wan left him.  Apparently he didn't enjoy last month's story as much as we did.  Luke decides that if he wants to learn more about the Jedi then he needs to leave the home of a single Jedi and head to the home of all the Jedi, Coruscant. Luke has made a lot of questionable choices in the Star Wars saga.  The choices he makes in this issue maybe the dumbest ones of all.  First, the most wanted man in the galaxy should not be going to the Imperial capital.  Second, his less than subtle way of booking travel there will probably get him killed before he gets within 100 light years of Coruscant.  He has guts, but it may have been easier and safer to just fly straight to Coruscant in his X-wing. This issue marks the arrival of a new art team.  It's not to say that I disliked John Cassaday's art, but I feel like this art is a better fit.  The likenesses of all the classic characters have been captured well, and the inks and colors help sell the more underworld tone to the story.  The writing continues to be the same solid writing we've come to expect.  The new members of the creative team have hit the ground running here and delivered a solid issue.
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.