Star Wars #16

Star Wars #16

Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciller: Leinil Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artists: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Star Wars #16 kicks off the “Rebel Jail” arc. Leia and Sana throw Dr. Aphra into jail. A bunch of bounty hunters launch an attack on the prison. Meanwhile Han and Luke get into trouble on a supply run. It’s a fun issue.

I really liked the way the issue opens with Aphra punching Rebels and stirring trouble. There’s nice, tight shots emphasizing the action and creating tension with bursts of story. A shot of a punch to the face. A hand grabbing a gun. A blaster firing. It’s a nice layout and setup. The art style is a bit subdued in its coloring scheme. The details in the linework lean toward a rougher, darker style with heavy use of shading. It’s different, but not bad. Some panels are better than others, but generally it’s good. The ship panels standout as some of the best visuals, while the humans are some of the worst.

A lot of the human depictions suffer when the scenery changes to the inside of the prison. The darker art style doesn’t do as well with the bright interiors. It’s not bad, but it’s not as good as the panels in darker lighting.

This is the worst panel in the issue. Here the artist quite clearly skipped any detail on the characters faces, rushing the panel to save time, but also hurting the comic with a less than pleasing visual. If anything, they should have focuses on the faces and just bleached out the background to save time. Certainly no fault of the colorist who did their best to make it look appealing.

On the other hand, there’s imagery like this. I’m not sure if it’s the lighting, the artist taking more time with the panel, or just the content, but panels like this show how good the art can look. The lighting adds a nice touch as well.

When it comes to inanimate objects, be it ships or armor, the artwork is top notch. The coloring is also gorgeous in this series of panels.

Storywise there’s a little plot building and a lot of cliches. Sana and Aphra have a moment that reveals they have a past history. Yet Sana is overshadowed by her cliched characterization. Around Leia, she all about money and getting paid for everything. Yet when Aphra offers her money, Sana turns her down and gets all noble. On top of that, there’s the warden who goes on and on about how safe his prison is when this group of bounty hunters have no problem find it and breaking in.

One of the highlights of the story, though, is Han and Luke. They’ve been given money to buy supplies. Han tries to double their money playing sabacc. It turns comic when he gets caught cheating and they run for their lives, losing all their credits.

This panel is interesting on a couple levels. For one, it features some species from The Force Awakens. On another level, the linework looks pretty good, but the coloring is kind of muted. It gives it an old Dark Empire look with the coloring. While it still looks okay, the coloring is not on par with some of the earlier panels which featured some fantastic lighting and rich colors.

It’s a good issue even with some varying visuals and overused cliches. There’s enough good to outweigh the bad, and in the end, it works. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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