Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Star Wars #1

Marvel Comics launches a new Star Wars title with Star Wars #1 set immediately after the events of The Empire Strikes Back and the Millennium Falcon's escape from Cloud City on Bespin. Much of the issue focuses on the internal struggle with Luke Skywalker following his defeat at the hands of Darth Vader and the realization that the Vader is his father. The comic breaks with tradition a bit here by hinting at Luke embracing some darker aspects at the Force (perhaps unintentionally... or at least not fully aware of what he was doing).

Star Wars #1 does delivering some back-and-forth between Leia and Lando, offering us a look at the process of Lando earning back some trust from those he betrayed in Cloud City. We also see the Empire doing quite a bit of damage to the rag-tag Rebel fleet which survives thanks to a little help by one who is not yet a Jedi.

There's certainly room here prior to the events of The Return of the Jedi for the comic to explore in terms of Luke growing into the Jedi who we'll next see standing in front of Jabba the Hutt and the heroes getting along without the help of a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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