Star Wars #42

Star Wars #42

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: David Marquez and Matthew Wilson

Star Wars #42 is kind of mediocre in my opinion. The writing is okay, the art is okay, and the story is okay. There’s nothing too surprising. Nothing special.

Aside from my usual feelings on Salvador Larroca’s artwork, this story is simply another attack on the Imperials. In this case it’s the Imperial in charge of the Shu-Torun citadel on Jedha. Leia and company come up with a plan to infiltrate it, they carry out, and there’s mild success with a few setbacks. Luke confronts the head Imperial who isn’t going to go down without a fight. Leia gets caught by surprise by Queen Trios, and Han leads the partisans after Benthic gets injured. That’s pretty much the bulk of the story.

The only other thing of note is the preamble before the battle where Luke talks about Rogue One and being glad he didn’t know about all the sacrifices they made as it would have added to the pressure already on him when he was about to blow up the Death Star. It’s an attempt to further bridge the gap between the OT and Rogue One, but for me, it didn’t resonate that much. I also thought relegating the partisans to such a back seat role in this issue was also a wasted opportunity to involve them more and shake things up. Instead of seeing more input from Benthic, we just get a couple lines from him going along with Leia’s plan. In fact the partisans are just there to back up Han. The primary players in the battle are still Han, Luke and Leia, which is a bit of a tired formula. How many times have Star Wars fans seen those three lead an attack? Putting them on Jedha and throwing some partisans in the background doesn’t make it unique or special. That’s pretty much my main complaint with this issue. It has the usual ingredients of a Star Wars story, but it lacks the ingredients of a good story. Instead of striving for something greater, this one just passes muster and gets by on the trappings of the franchise we’re in love with. It would be nice to see something more.

As is, I give Star Wars #42 a two and a half out of five metal bikinis. There’s action, there’s Han, Luke, Leia and Imperials, but there’s nothing memorable to make this one worth recommending.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.


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