Star Wars #11

Star Wars #11

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

Star Wars #11 packs in lots of action as the Imperial and Rebel Fleets go at it. Defiantly leading his pilots into battle, Colonel Bircher spearheads the attack of his elite TIE pilots. Caught up in the swarm is Luke and Wedge, both commandeering TIE fighters to try and escape back to the Rebel Fleet. As the two forces collide, chaos ensues.

For all of the starfighter action in this issue, things start and end on fairly calm notes. Birra Seah deals with the immense pressure of her mission and the impending wrath of Darth Vader. In the beginning, we see her decision on how best to deal with the situation. At the end, we see Vader’s reaction. In between all that, readers are in for a lot of battle scenes.

From afar, the Imperial fleet barrages the Rebels. As the fighters close in, the dogfights break out. There are plenty of panels with space explosions and laser fire. For those who aren’t into space combat, we do get a few pages in the middle that wraps up Han’s sidestory and his hunt for supplies for a Rebel base. This issue also wraps up the most gaping plotline of all, the Rebel mole.

Visually, the comic looks pretty good. I don’t much care for the look of C-3PO or Darth Vader, but that’s nothing new. Outside of them, Carlos D’Anda has a pretty good style. One gripe I do have is the turbolaser fire in this issue. Generally I expect to see laser fire as beams of light, yet for some reason they are depicted as green fireballs. But other than that, everything looks nice. There are plenty of shots of spaceships, and there’s a nice amount of attention to the characters.

With several major plot points being wrapped up in this issue, this story has a significant impact on the series. For eleven issues we’ve seen glimpses and hints of a Rebel traitor leaking information to the Imperials. The reveal is an interesting surprise. However, I’m not sure how I feel about it. In a way, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, and there’s a possibility the next issue will clear up some of my concerns. But as is, the big twist felt like it lacked impact. It certainly made a big splash when it happened, but in the pages that follow the event, there’s not a lot to build up the significance. Vader takes the news in menacing stride. The Rebels just scratch their heads. Seriously, those are the reactions after the reveal. I think the payoff would have been a lot better if there were a couple scenes to reinforce the event. Some really good reactions from the other characters could have truly sold it.

The conclusion of Han’s subplot is even more lackluster, but not without some accomplishment. Seeing how it went, it’s pretty bland, but the female garbage pilot Han picked up really shines in this issue and I’m kinda glad she’s sticking around. I certainly don’t want to see her and Han have any kind of romantic relationship, but I like her personality. She has some good dialog. Her scenes in this comic were the ones I connected with most. The other characters didn’t work too well for me. Luke’s role is pretty minor, Wedge doesn’t get to do much and Leia does even less. So having some shiny moments with Perla really paid off. Without her, I would have liked this issue a lot less.

With bright glossy artwork and some long awaited payoff in the plotlines, Star Wars #11 squeezes by with a decent issue. As far as comics go, this is the quintessential representation of what people perceive comics to be. There’s cool images to look at, fan favorite characters, action and surprises. But it’s low caliber storytelling. It doesn’t raise the bar. The story is okay, but it doesn’t excel. There are twists, but they aren’t the kind that blow your mind and make you hit yourself for missing all the clues. The surprises feel like they’re done with a lot of hand waving. After eleven issues, it feels like a lot more should have happened in this series, and it just hasn’t. Some stories have a lot of depth, and for me, this series is lacking. The storylines are just too drawn out, and even with the long wait, the payoffs just aren’t very big. Thus I give Star Wars #11 a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s good, but it could be a lot better.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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