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COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #11 – Everyone’s Here

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #11 - Everyone's Here

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Stuart Immonen

Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger

Colorist: Justin Ponsor

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Marvel Comics

Right off the bat, I want to say two things: One, if you are a fan of Star Wars, a real fan of all the fun and adventure and excitement you get with the properties, then by all means you need to be reading this book. Love it or hate it, you need to experience the story as it unfolds, and that leads me to my second point. This story would not be as much fun as it is if is wasn’t for this creative team. Jason Aaron has done a fantastic job of creating an interesting story dealing with beloved characters that all intertwine together, much like the movies do. And the artistic talents of Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Jusin Ponsor bring everything to life, not in a cartoon-y way, but also not in a too hyper-realistic way, either. Seriously, this is some of the best stuff that Marvel is putting out right now, and that is saying a lot.

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This issue grips you right from the cover, with Chewbacca in a knockdown fight with the new bounty hunter, Dengar. This guy is no joke, and immediately we see him get the drop on Chewie and C-3PO in the very beginning. But, before all that, C-3PO is explaining to Chewbacca that it is impossible to go and save Luke at Grakkus the Hutt’s place, because of the amount of bad guys there now to presumably watch Luke die in the games. Three beautiful panels open this book, a long shot of Grakkus place, followed by a sprawling crowd angle to show you the depth of the masses that C-3Po is worried about. Then, as he tells Chewbacca “it would be utterly impossible for anyone to sneak inside” we are gifted a beautiful panel of R2-D2 doing just that. Simple, yet brilliant, and those three panels show off the talent this creative team has to offer.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #11 - Everyone's Here

The issue goes on to show us Luke’s plight, as he is thrown int the ring to fight a gigantic beast, to which Grakkus wants him to lose. He has called all these beings there to witness the demise of the last of the Jedi, but I have a sneaking suspicion that won’t be what happens. (Ever seen Empire Strikes Back? Return of the Jedi? Hell, Luke is even in The Force Awakens if you  didn’t know already!) But, it will still be interesting to see how Luke gets out of this very dire situation, and we also learn that those close to the evil Hutt are not exactly what they seem either, as the Empire is bearing down on this location as well.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #11 - Everyone's Here

Finally, we see Han, Leia, and Sana Solo making their way to the smuggler’s moon as well, but things are still tense between the three of them. I have been saying for the last few issues that the question of whether Sana Solo is Han’s wife or not has gotten stale, and we finally have a definitive answer. It was all a set up for a heist, which works alright, but it really wasn’t worth the wait. By the end of the issue, we get a wonderful entrance by Han Solo yet again as they make it to the moon, and now everyone is back in the same place after a handful of issues being separated.

The “Best There Is”: Once again, the team of Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen work wonders on this book. Aaron has a clear story he wants to tell, and has been able to do so wonderfully up to this point. That story is only heightened by Immonen’s character models and his fantastical landscapes. Add into the mix the steady hand of Grawbadger and the eye popping colors of Ponsor,and you have a winner. All I can say is I hope the band doesn’t break up for quite some time.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The story of this issue was superb, with the intense fight scenes with Luke and the monster, as well as the great sequences involving Chewbacca. That character has never been given enough due in my book, and Aaron is doing Chewie a solid for sure. Yet, this issue stalled out once again with the Han Solo/Sana Solo story arc, which finally gave us the answer. A fake wedding, just to smuggle some goods, is a fair plot device, but not after multiple issues of dangling that info in front of us.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Other than the lackluster reveal about the truth behind Sana Solo, this issue had a little bit of everything you want from a Star Wars tale. All of the mini plot lines are starting to come together, and this issue blended exciting action with some interesting reveals to make an enjoyable read.

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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