If they put JarJar binks in this I’m rioting!I’m a fan of Star Wars, always have been, and unless they tweak the originals more, always will be. Now I’m not a fan as in “FANATIC” or “FANBOY” but I love the first 3 films and could honestly say that they are the films I have watched and enjoyed the most during my life.
So when I saw Dark Horse had just released a first issue the temptation was just too much. Especially when you see the cover, which in itself is a piece of art, I think the cover even stands up against the original classic posters from the 70’s.
I haven’t read a Dark Horse comic before so I wasn’t expecting a whole bunch (ignorant I know) but wow I couldn’t have been more wrong.I’m starting to think the more I read outside of the big 2, that I have been totally underestimating the other “minor” players in comics publishing (but that’s another post in itself).
This issue is placed just after the events in “A New Hope” and focuses on the Rebellion trying to find a new home outside of the reaches of the Empire. The writing was surprisingly good and the story has you flipping pages effortlessly.
Now I said the story is surprisingly good, what I mean is it’s surprisingly good to me a relative comic noob, but after a little research it appears that Brain Wood is a class act with Eisner nominations coming out of his ears and a glowing reputation in the industry. So I guess it was not really a shocker to everyone else that he did such a stellar job on this book.
One of the highlights for me is the characterisation of Vader and the personality that Wood manages to portray in a character that is basically clad from head to toe in stiff black plastic, this is really quite a feat! Some of the panel/page art is fantastic, and the kid in me loved it! One of the standouts is a scene where Leia comes face to face with a downed Ti fighter pilot, a few choom choom’s (sound of the guns.. quality addition by the way) later and we now have a blood splattered badass Princess. As I said at the start of this post, I really wasn’t expecting anything from this book except maybe someone trying to cash in on the billion $ franchise, and I was very pleasantly surprised to be wrong.
Give it a go yourself and if you’re a Star Wars guru I’d love to know your take on it.
Rating : B+