Star Wars #36

Star Wars #36

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

Star Wars #36 follows up on the forgotten storyline involving Scar Squad’s capture of C-3PO and R2 going to the rescue. There’s lots of action as R2 foils every Imperial that comes after him, including Darth Vader himself. However, that also makes the story a little too far fetched for my liking.

The basic plot of the issue is R2 out maneuvering an entire Star Destroyer full of Imperials, including Vader, and rescuing C-3PO. Throughout the story, there’s a little narrative stating what R2 astromechs are capable of. Each time one of those narrative bubbles pops up, it’s completely contrary to what R2 is capable of. I suppose it’s suppose to drive home how unique and exceptional R2 is, but instead it’s just kind of jarring and in the way. Aside from that, there are a lot of Imperials in this issue, and R2 takes out most of them, either directly or indirectly. A lot of this works, as we’ve seen R2 accomplish some pretty cool things in the movies. But when you take it all in, and on top of everything Vader getting one upped by his own droids and Han Solo shooting him in the back again (via the Falcon), it does diminish Vader, which is never a good thing. With all of the dialog coming from the Imperials or C-3PO, the issue isn’t exactly a stand out story. It’s okay, but it could have been better.

The artwork is kind of a mixed bag for the same reasons I’ve stated before for Salvador Larroca and Edgar Delgado. There’s this really weird conflict in art styles with most of the comic being done in a tradition sense but some of the human characters being done ultra-realistically. One style or the other works, but they do not work well together. Honestly I think Larroca either needs to go all for the realistic style or abandon it.

Overall, I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis. For me, the writing and the artwork weren’t firing on all cylinders. If you’re a fan of Larroca’s style, you like Aaron’s writing, you might get more out of this one than I did.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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