Writer: Gerry Dugan
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Chewbacca is stuck on the planet Andelm IV. Repairing his ship has been put on hold while he helps a young girl, Zarro, free her father from a life of servitude in the mines. However, a rescue attempt seems to have put them in more danger than before.
At the end of the last issue, it seemed that Chewie had been caught in an explosion. Jaum believed Chewie to be dead. Seems it’s harder than that to kill a wookiee. Jaum only bookends the story here as the big focus is on Chewie and the minors escaping from the mine itself.
The story this time around is pretty straightforward, they need a way out of the mine. Not only are they dealing with all the normal problems of being trapped in a mine, but they also have to deal with deadly beetles. Seems the larvae they harvest grow into nasty little creepy crawlers when they are not harvested. Things seem pretty hopeless, but Chewie will figure a way to save them.
We are now 3 issues into this mini-series and what was originally kind of a unique spin on the storytelling and dialogue is starting to become more of a hurdle. At some point, they need to have someone be able to understand or translate Chewie. While he’s reasonable good at getting his point across, some parts of this book did remind me of when I talk to my cat. I was hoping the introduction of a droid towards the end would give us a little bit of clarity, but it seems unlikely that we will get a translator on this adventure.
Wookiee language limitations aside, Gerry Duggan has written a solid story. While the endgame is still unclear, the story does end with an interesting reveal regarding Jaum and his connections with the Empire. Phil Noto’s art continues to impress. Since most of the issue takes place inside a mine, Noto does the best he can with the limited story options. This is a solid issue that continues both the positive and the negative from the previous issues.