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COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #10 – Showdown

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #10 - Showdown

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artists: Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Justin Ponsor


Marvel Comics

At first glance, Marvel’s Star Wars might be daunting to a casual reader, and also a little confusing considering all the new material being presented in the interim period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Yet, writer Jason Aaron proves he is the master weaver of multiple plot lines, and this issue ties in a lot of what has been happening thus far.

Poor Han Solo never seems to catch a full break, and always has to explain his way out of tight situations. Such is the case with his current one, as he is on the run with Princess Leia and his “wife” Sana Solo. He keeps exclaiming she isn’t his wife, but is cut off every time, signifying that a story will be told in full once they are all in the clear. With Tie Fighters and a Star Destroyer on their tail, they are far from in the clear, but as Sana proves to Han and Leia that her ship, the Volt Cobra, is truly the fastest in the galaxy. Now, her ribbing of Han aside, we have all seen just how fast and maneuverable the Millennium Falcon really is, so when this ship punches into hyper-drive, it is incredibly impressive. That is in no small part to the artistic team of Immonen and Von Grawbadger, but extra points go to colorist Justin Ponsor. Coloring space battles can be a tough task, even though you are bringing to life action against a black background, the pace and the feeling still has to pop. Ponsor flexes every muscle he has in his bag of tricks, and the initial sequences in this issue are just stunning because of his talent.

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COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #10 - Showdown

The story then shifts to Nar Shaddaa, the smugglers moon where Luke decided it would be a good idea to get some information on Jedi’s. Turns out, walking around with a lightsaber in your hand is akin to having a target on your back, and he was captured by Grakkus the Hutt last issue. Aaron continues to craft this story in a fun and inventive way, adding little nods to the source material of the Star Wars Universe as well as new nuggets of information that fit right into the expanding ethos. Not only do we get to see the true plans Grakkus has for Luke – a fight to the death in front of a crowd, a true Hutt tradition – but we also get an excellent bunch of scenes involving Chewie and C-3PO who are looking for Skywalker. Seriously, the buddy cop mentality that C-3PO and Chewie exude is infectious, and leaves me wanting an entire series devoted to the crash madcap adventures of these two mismatched characters.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #10 - Showdown

The “Best There Is”: Again, Jason Aaron does an impeccable job tying up both of the complex story arcs he has been thawing at us now for ten issues. This is no small feat, as many comics crumble under the weight of a single story that is laden down with too many plot points and character arcs. But this series has two main stories, and they are really both not only coming into their own, but starting to converge upon one another, as we get to see Leia getting a transmission of Luke’s whereabouts and convincing Sana Solo to take her and Han there. Also, the final scene involves another shady character that we will surely be seeing more of, and a Gungan in an interesting character design that actually does;t make you cringe once his dialogue starts.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #10 - Showdown

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The dangling of the carrot – is Sana Solo actually Han’s wife – is starting to get really stale. In fact, ever since she showed up in the series, that tease of a reveal has been mentioned multiple times each issue. Honestly, I understand that there is more to the story than we know, but just tell us already, or let it die. This much dangling and I grow tired and bored of an otherwise interesting plot device.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. This issue brings each of the two major plots to the forefront, without having either vying for space. Jason Aaron is an expert storyteller, and he proves it by having both Luke’s plight and Leia and Han’s adventure gain equal billing. Also, the good cop/bad cop duo of C-3PO and Chewbacca is a gold mine that needs to happen more often.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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