Star Wars #10

Star Wars #10

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger and Justin Ponsor

Star Wars #10 is still creeping along, but there’s some fun advancement in this issue. Han, Leia and Sana Solo finally outrun the Imperials. Luke makes his way to Grakkus the Hutt’s arena to begin some lightsaber training for his impending match of doom. Yet the best highlight is Chewbacca’s subplot as he and C-3PO track down Luke on Nar Shaddaa. With the beast unleashed, it doesn’t take the Wookiee long to find Skywalker.

Great shot of Luke that invokes Anakin’s entrance into the Geonosian arena in Attack of the Clones.

The issue begins with Han and Leia in the gun turrets as Sana flies the Volt Cobra away from the Empire and into the sweet escape of hyperspace. Sadly, Sana is the worst part of this issue, and perhaps the who arc that the series is currently in. At this point I’m extremely tired of the whole marriage thing. Sana keeps saying she’s married to Han, and Han keeps denying it, but the reader is left wondering who is right and who is wrong. The only clue this issue reveals is that their “marriage” happened on Stennes. But that’s only a minor gripe at this point. What bothered me more is Sana cutting down Leia by insinuating she’s a bad shot, and Sana boasting about how fast her ship is, going so far as to say it’s the fastest ship in the galaxy. I’m not exactly sure what Jason Aaron was aiming for with those bits, but I can tell you what it did for: I hated Sana even more. Really there’s for me to like about her character at all. If anything, I’ll be even happier when she dies, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that one.

Leia looks top notch throughout this issue. Now if only we could get a “Leia shot first!” moment with Sana being Greedo.

On the plus side, I like how the whole Hutt-Luke plot is coming along. We see Luke enter the arena as he begins practicing for a duel in front of a crowd. At first he gets some training from a mysterious individual who wields a lightsaber. Later, he practices against more magnaguards. It’s an interesting point in the story because it pushes Luke forward, sharpening his Force abilities through trial by combat. Yet the arc is also taking it slow. They’re not rushing his move from captive to gladiator. If anything, I like that aspect even more as it’s creating a sense of importance to this act. By taking it slow, it gives the impression that a longer period of time is passing, and thus giving Luke more time to gain experience. We already kind of know where the whole thing is going. Luke is going to fight some big monster, kill it, and show off his progression as Jedi in training. But with the way they’re treating his story, it’s making it more meaningful.

While it was an odd choice not to show Chewie’s eyes in this panel, I like it. It makes Chewie feel more intimidating.

3PO threw me off in this panel. I’m not sure why they drew him hovering in the panel. Would have been better if his legs were cut off by the bottom of the panel rather than the red background.

Nice shot of 3PO.

Yet the cream of the crop is Chewie. The mighty Chewbacca isn’t much for speaking, though through C-3PO’s translations, there’s some fun with that. Rather, Chewie is a person of action. Whether it’s tearing droids apart or wiping out an entire cantina, he’s determined to find Luke, and not even the scum of Nar Shaddaa can stop him. The contrast between Luke’s arrival on the Smuggler’s Moon and Chewies is eye opening. Luke comes in and makes all the wrong decisions. Chewie, on the other hand, doesn’t even need to worry about bad decisions, he’s a simple hurricane of fury that can’t be stopped. Adding to the contrast is C-3PO who tags along with Chewie. While Chewbacca is the tower of power, 3PO is the polite and ignorant guest who is way out of his element but in great company. It’s actually a really team up and the way Jason Aaron uses them together is perfect.

It’s interesting, but Dengar is showing up a lot now. He’s in Aftermath, and now in the comics. Plus he’s getting a cover with Chewbacca in the upcoming issues.

Finishing things off is the artwork. The mutant rancor thing on the cover is an issue too soon, but inside the art lines up well with the story. The space combat and ships look good, the characters have good likenesses, and the layouts do a good job of presenting the action. Some of the panels really stand out, while there are a couple missteps, but very small ones. There’s a panel where 3PO is kind of floating in a solid red background, and the final shot showing off Dengar I thought made his face look kind of funny, but that’s a personal preference thing. Otherwise the artwork is great. Even the little details were cool. One of my favorites was the cage the rancor monster is in. It’s part Jawa sandcrawler and part cage. It looks like something that’s a part of the Star Wars universe and yet it’s completely new. Little things like that are fun and when they all combine together, it adds to the experience of the whole issue.

I love this series of panels as it feels like a circus of monsters. The only thing I didn’t like is that the cover gives away what’s in the cage even though this panel is trying to maintain some mystery. Worth noting one of the creatures looks like the Zillo Beast.

Star Wars #10 was fun, and while the story is moving slow, there’s elements coming together that are making it worthwhile. The Sana Solo subplot is a dud, but I’m really enjoying the Luke arena plotline and how Chewbacca is being brought into the story. With the great artwork and uptick in the story, I give Star Wars #10 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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