Star Wars #18

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Star Wars #18 (of 20)

Writer: Brian Wood
Penciller: Stephane Crety
Inker: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Victor Manuel Leza

Star Wars #18 wraps up the “Rebel Girl” arc as Leia and the Rebellion deal with the fallout of Arrochar. With high placed traitors in the Arrochar government, the Rebels have been sold out to the Empire. In order to live through the day, they must beat the traitors, escape through the chaos, and turn back the Imperial fleet that threatens to wipe them all out. Chock full of action, this issue devouts equal page time to Leia, Han, Luke and even a little Vader while also sharing some limelight with Mon Mothma and Wedge. It’s quite the wedding party.

Things begin with Vader somewhat confusingly looming over a smaller version of himself. If you’re like me, it might take a moment to figure out the layout of the panel. The larger Vader is a seamless insertion which should actually be treated as a separate panel. So, no, Vader is talking to a mini version of himself. Thankfully that’s the only confusing panel in this issue.

From there, the story moves back to the fighting and chaos on Arrochar. Mon Mothma and Leia get a nice action scene as they escape their captors. Prince Kaspar also gets a good fight scene as he deals with the traitorous general with a little help from Han and Luke. There’s a lot of running and shooting for most of the story. Things come to a climax as the Rebel fleet and Imperial fleet engage. Afterwards, the story mellows out with Vader vowing to take on the hunt for the Rebels himself and Leia burdening herself with the mishap at Arrochar. The final page leaves off with “THE END” thus adding a lot of finality to this issue even though there are still two more to go. It appears the next two issues will be breaking free of the Leia-Arrochar-wedding storyline and venturing into something completely new.

There really is a lot of action in this issue without too many quiet moments. As such, there’s not a lot I can really say about the story. None of the dialog or character moments really stood out to me. It was enjoyable, but nothing outstanding or even above average. The artwork, however, pulled off some really impressive images. The cover is a highly detailed and a very interesting arrangement. The interior art splashes out some sinister looking glimpses of Vader, lots of nice shots of the ships and very unique takes on the film characters. By staying away from screen accurate character likenesses, the characters feel much more like comic book characters than their screen counterparts. I’m not sure that’s such a good thing, but it’s interesting to look at.

I will admit some of the character close-ups are better than others. For instance, near the end, there’s a kind horrible looking panel of Mon Mothma and Leia. Both of their faces just look off. However, not all of the close-ups are bad. Mon Mothma gets a panel a page later that shows off her eyes and a determination to strike back at the Empire. That one works well. Plus, I think on the whole, the artwork lends itself better to the original characters and inanimate objects. Some of my favorite panels are the ones focusing on the ships. There are some really neat images of the Star Destroyers at the end with the special effects going crazy. Two whole pages are devoted to the battle between them and the Rebel fleet. And then the second to last panel has a brilliant hyperspace jump shot that looks really cool.

Visually enticing but somewhat lacking in story, Star Wars #18 evens out in the end. The arc finishes with a lot of action and just about all of the characters playing a part. I’d give the story a three out of five and the artwork a four out of five, so that averages out to three and half out of five metal bikinis for the issue overall. It’s certainly worth checking out to see how the arc ends.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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