A comiXologist Recommends:
Dane Cypel recommends Star Wars #1
Marvel’s Star Wars #1 is a new, fresh, and exciting take in a franchise where many stories have already been done.
Similar to other Star Wars books, this story takes place after Star Wars: A New Hope, with the Rebellion riding high from their victory against the Empire. We find our usual group of heroes: Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 on a covert mission in an Imperial munitions factory. Things do not go as planned and a certain “Sith” complication is introduced- marking a turbulent start for a story that could easily be imagined as the beginning of another Episode.
The creative team of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday bring the reader something familiar, yet different than what is expected. There are no recycled environments like Tatooine or Hoth and Aaron has a solid grasp on the characters, recalling their iconic roles in the films. Cassaday’s excellent art contributes to the story by providing likenesses without making the people or environments stale or stiff.
Star Wars #1 is a step in the right direction. It recalls previous standout Star Wars comics like The Thrawn Trilogy while also providing a counterpoint to In The Shadow of Yavin, which takes place in the same timeframe after Episode 4.
Marvel is reinvigorating the Star Wars franchise. The old adage “Do or do not, there is no try,” applies here. Marvel is not trying; they are doing – and doing Star Wars well. Yoda would approve.
Dane Cypel is a digital editor at comiXology and freelance illustrator. This is his first review.