Star Wars #10

Star Wars #10

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Hugh Fleming

Warning: Review contains some spoilers.

Star Wars #10 creeps along as each of the subplots begin to make some headway. Han and Chewie finally manage to escape Boba Fett, Leia leaves Alderaan behind, and Wedge and Luke reunite with the Rebel Fleet. But this issue also packs some surprises. With Carlos D’Anda back as the artist, Star Wars #10 is set to deliver some Star Wars fun.

Rather than kicking off with explosions and action sequences, this issue takes a nice character plunge. It’s just Wedge and Luke sitting tight on the Devastator, having a little discussion about relationships and revenge. You couldn’t ask for better topic points. Wedge recounts someone he once loved while highlighting what Luke and Prithi have. Wedge also reflects on his own desire of revenge against the Empire, what they lost at Yavin, and something even more important that he lost before then. Oh, and Wedge names Roque Squadron. Yes, it’s happy dance time.

Nice space shot of the Falcon.

Back on Coruscant, Han and Chewie finally escape from Boba Fett. While Fett can be cool, Han’s escape from the Imperial Capital has been really dragged out over little microbursts here and there over a series of issues. I’m not a big fan of the tiny chunks and would prefer larger sections of story. Still, it’s nice that their little subplot is finally over so they can move on to something more interesting. Also wrapped up is Leia’s run-in in the Graveyard of Alderaan. Unlike the Han and Chewie subplot on Coruscant, this one was wrapped up too soon in my opinion, or at least it didn’t deliver as much as I would’ve liked it to. It provides a little more closure for Leia, but for all the build up and potential the confrontation had, the resolution was very anti-climatic. It went light on both the forgiveness and revenge aspects that could have propelled her character forward in different directions. As is, it’s a forgettable footnote.

Some excellent artwork of Leia and the Alderaanian who helped destroy Alderaan. While his name is forgettable, the art in these panel is gorgeous, both the lines and the colors.

One thing that might stir up some fans is Vader’s discovery of Luke Skywalker’s full name. This was previously established in Marvel Star Wars 35, though the Marvel comics have always been a place for people to draw elements from and not necessarily follow as canon. With Star Wars #10, we now have a new, definitive moment where Vader discovers Luke’s full name.

Another nice space shot.

Wrapping the issue up, Commander Bircher’s character takes a character dive as he regresses into an overconfident and short-sighted officer. Rather than wiping the Rebel Fleet out with his capital ships, he decides to take the glory for himself and personally lead the attack in a TIE fighter with his TIE forces. Yeah, this isn’t going to end well for him. But there is a fun element at least, Wedge and Luke hop in TIEs to join the attack!

It’s definitely not the photorealistic style of Vader that Doug Wheatley does.

The artwork in this issue is on par with Carlos and Gabe’s earlier work in the series. There’s some really nice lighting effects, excellent depictions of ships, and a slightly exaggerated, artistic slant on the classic characters. Some of my favorite panels are the space shots, and the issue ends on a very high note with an awesome array of TIE’s with lots of lens flare.

While there are some missed opportunities with the story, other parts more than made up for it, and in the end made for an enjoyable read. The artwork is looking good again, and the story is building up for an epic battle. The question is whether the next issue can deal out some fun storytelling without being too predictable. Either way, this issue is pretty good and I give it a four out of five.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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