Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Chewbacca is still stranded on Andelm-IV, a planet in the Outer Rim. He has found someone who needs him though, the young girl named Zarro. She has asked the wookiee to help her free her father and others imprisoned in the mines.
Chewbacca and Zarro make a good team, she may not fully understand him, but they still work good together. She has convinced him to go into the mines and help her rescue those trapped below. The plot is pretty simple, again not a whole lot of room for nuance when no one can understand what the main character is saying.
We do get a small glimpse into Chewbacca’s past as he is very reluctant to climb into a narrow air shaft above the mine. It’s only a few flashes, but it says a lot. It’s possible this could tie-in to his time on Clone Wars, but it’s never explicitly stated. I always like getting more backstory on our main characters, especially now that any previous backstories have been moved to Legends.
The guards are no match for an enraged wookiee and he make short work of them. However, like most prison escapes, getting in is the easy part, getting out is the harder part. The issue ends with a cliffhanger. Of course, we know that Chewie is alright, but it still leaves us hanging.
Gerry Duggan continues to tell a great story, even with all the obstacles placed up against him. Phil Noto’s art and colors really give the book it’s own unique look. With this many Star Wars titles all coming out at the same time and all taking place in mostly the same time period it’s nice to have a visual difference between the books. It helps to keep each book looking fresh and avoids a mass produced feel.