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Star Wars 2

Star Wars #2

Story by Brian Wood

Art by Carlos D’Anda

Review by Mara Whiteside

 

If there was any doubt about Wood’s take on Star Wars, issue #2 dispelled it. From the opening panel of Han relaxing in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon to the final page’s glimpse of a familiar planet, Star Wars keeps readers in the well-known universe.

On their way to the Rebel rendezvous point, Han and Chewie have a run-in with imperial TIE fighters and Slave I. In issue one, there was hint of a spy within Rebel forces. The fact that Slave I, TIE fighters, and a Star Destroyer show up all at once is no coincidence. Leia’s mission to find the spy and neutralize it as soon as possible becomes even more important.

Leia has always been able to show her strength in front of her troops. In A New Hope, she doesn’t mention the destruction of Alderaan to her comrades. Either Leia buries her sorrow for her home world deep down, or she admits it doesn’t matter anymore. Wood explicitly shows us the former. When she is alone, Leia reminisces about Alderaan through videos of the once-beautiful land. From last month’s warrior princess to this month’s broken heart, Wood is establishing Leia as a dynamic, central character to Star Wars.

Other characters are mentioned in this issue. Luke’s prowess as an X-Wing pilot gains him recognition amongst his peers, and the appearance of Colonel Bircher on the Devastator is a nice spin on the Imperial side of the story. Cold, calculating, and cocky, Bircher promises to be a ruthless Imperial anxious to climb the ranks.

Star Wars continues to be a great comic book for fans of the movies. Wood has a good grasp on the various characters of the universe, and D’Anda brings the actors’ likeliness to the page without overdoing it.

THE VERDICT

It’s a buy! Issue two builds nicely upon issue one without being overly wordy. The threat of the Imperial force is intensely felt as the Rebels navigate the war after their first major victory. Leia has to hold everything together as she copes with the loss of Alderaan and the people she served. All the while, the spy continues to feed the Imperial army information and threaten the Rebels’ existence.

About The Author

Columnist and Talking Comics Co-Host

Mara Wood holds a Ph. D. in School Psychology. Currently, she works for a public school system assessing students for educational placement. Her research focus is comic books and how they can be used in therapy and educational settings. She tends to spend most of her day reading comic books, writing about them, and thinking about comic books (kind of a one-track mind…). Mara’s other hobbies include reading manga and Star Wars novels, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. She co-hosts Talking Comics and Talking Shojo, and you can find her on twitter (@megamaramon) or on her blog, marawoodblog.com.

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One Response

  1. Walt

    As someone who is old enough to have seen the first three movies in the theater (Sure I was only 4 when Star Wars came out – but I remember going with my grandmother to see it) the starting point for this series is perfect. The first issue did not “move” me per se – it was OK – or maybe I was in a bad mood that day – I promised that I’d re-read once issue 2 comes out. And I’m glad I did. This issue got me excited for the series (and allowed me to pick up on a few nuances in the first issue I missed). It’ll be fun to see Leia grow into the strong leader we see in the opening scenes on Hoth in “Empire” and witness Vader’s punishment for the loss of the Death Star. I definitely agree with your “buy” status for this one Mara!

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