Marvel Star Wars #108

Marvel Star Wars #108

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Andrea Broccardo, Kerry Gammill, Ze Carlos, Jan Duursema, Stefano Landini, Luke Ross, and Leonard Kirk
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Walter Simonson

Star Wars #108 is a continuation of the old Marvel Star Wars comics, which ended with #107. This issue takes place after Return of the Jedi, and it’s a Legends story, so it’s not canon. The story is broken up into eight chapters, with different artists tackling each one. To be hones, I’m not a good judge of whether this comic is any good or not as this one is intended for old Marvel fans, and I’ve never read those comics.

The issue opens with some flashbacks show who Valance the Hunter is and what happened to him. Essentially, he fell in a lake and died while fighting Darth Vader. Afterwards we’re introduced to some scavengers who don’t matter because they die later on in this issue. The important thing is that they find Valance’s remains and bring them on their ship. Somehow he’s able to come back to life looking like some Terminator exoskeleton, and makes friends with a droid who tells him how he can become human again. Elsewhere, Han and Chewbacca run into a guy, who also doesn’t matter as he’ll be dead soon, but this leads them to Jaxxon and Amaiza. Eventually they all link up with Luke and Leia and they go off searching for these crimson jewels that can create a plague when they’re separated or heal people when they’re together.

Everyone winds up in the Unknown Regions going after the jewels on a derelict Star Destroyer. Jaxxon tries to double cross everyone, and Valance saves the day. The odd thing is how the story handles Valance. He starts off dead, comes back to life, gets the jewels, comes back to life for real as a flesh and blood person, but he’s left to die in space while being sucked into a sun. So what’s the point? Why bring this character back to life just to kill them again? I mean he seemed pretty satisfied with his first death as he delayed Vader in order to protect Luke. Seems odd to bring him back and make him human just so you can kill him again.

The mixture of artists brings a mix of styles. Some of them are better than others. By breaking the comic up into eight chapters, it helps bridge the shift in art styles. I’m not sure if some of the artists were trying to capture the old style of the comics are not, but it seemed like some of them were. I know Jan Duursema’s artwork certainly looked different, so she in particular may have been trying to do that.

In the end, though, I’m not sure how much this comic has to offer for Star Wars fans who didn’t grow up with the original Marvel run, or who just never read them. As one of those fans, I could tell there were things that were nods to the old comics, but they just didn’t have much meaning for me as I didn’t grow up or truly experience those stories. Some things didn’t make sense or went over my head. But old school fans might find a lot to like in this issue. Again, it’s hard to say as I wasn’t the target audience.

As is, I give it a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s nice that they explored tapping back into Legends, and I certainly hope they tap into some other Legends stories, but I can definitely see how doing so will hit a smaller fan audience.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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