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COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #15 – The War Never Ends

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #15 - The War Never Ends

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Mike Mayhew


Marvel Comics

After the recent events of the “Vader Down” story arc, both the Darth Vader series, as well as this main Star Wars series, are in a different places. The strength of the story that Jason Aaron has been crafting from the beginning, however, is not just built on the backs of the main characters. He has given Obi-Wan’s journal to Luke Skywalker, so that Luke, along with the readers, can go into the past and see snippets of Obi-Wan’s time on Tatooine when Luke was a boy.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #15 - The War Never Ends

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This issue has a lot of nostalgia for die hard fans of the Star Wars franchise. We get to witness young Luke Skywalker conquering Beggar’s Canyon with his superior flying skills, even at such a young age. We also, get a slight Easter egg in one of Luke’s boyhood friends, whom he refers to as “Biggs”, could this be the future Red Squadron Leader? It is fun to see young Luke be the brash little boy we only heard about in the movies.

COMIC REVIEW: Star Wars #15 - The War Never Ends

Also in this issue, we get the chance to see Obi-Wan really work to try and help Luke from behind the scenes. He fights off a bunch of raiders to help protect the Jawas, as well as procure some parts for Luke’s ship. The idea to have Obi-Wan fight without the use of a lightsaber, or even an outward showing of The Force, was a noble one, and it helps to further flesh out the already rich character. Also, it fuels the animosity we see between Uncle Owen and Obi-Wan, which was never touched upon in the movies. As much fun as it is to see Obi-Wan and his adventures, it is even more satisfying to see Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru try desperately to raise Luke the right way, and hopefully keep him away from the temptations that swayed his father.

The “Best There Is”: As good as the main story arc has been, I would like to say that it might be a good idea to extrapolate these Obi-Wan stories further, perhaps in their own series. Every time Aaron takes us back to the time when “Old Ben” was secretly watching over Luke Skywalker in his youth, the storytelling gets more in-depth, and the pace and feel of the story is inviting. Also, the character models in this issue are superb, with Mike Mayhew giving a full range of life and emotions in the eyes of Obi-Wan, Luke, and Uncle Owen. The action is there too, with a wonderful two page sequence depicting Obi-Wan’s struggle with the raiders, and showing just how far his own training had come.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The reveal at the end, that Jabba the Hutt is employing the Wookie bounty hunter, Black Krrsantan to hunt down Obi Wan seemed way too forced. Just because we are seeing this character crop up more in the main series, and the recent “Vader Down” event, doesn’t mean he needs to show up in the past. Also, Jabba has his own mercenaries and lackeys, yet he is constantly looking for outside help in this series, which seems a little like lazy writing. Finally, to add such a character at the end of the issue is of course a cliffhanger of sorts, but when will we get to see these events play out again? I would assume that next issue will revert back to the main story arc, and it will be some time before we get another glimpse of the adventures detailed in Obi-Wan’s journal.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10. Great art and interesting storytelling choices lend themselves to Star Wars #15, which is an enjoyable read. The flashbacks are becoming a little bit of a tease though, and the story gets lost amongst the events of the main story arc.

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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