Star Wars #8

Star Wars #8

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artists: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Justin Ponsor

So the question we’ve all been asking ourselves is: who is Sana Solo? Star Wars #8 only gives us a slightly bigger glimpse at that mystery, but much of those unanswered questions remain. Furthermore, is Leia turning on Han? Is Sana crazy? With a whole lot more questions added to the mix, Star Wars #8 we’ll leaving you wanting more answers and a whole lot less questions.

The opening pages. As much as I like the star destroyer, I really love the TIE pilot. The lighting adds just the right amount of depth to the helmet to give it dimension.

The issue opens with a nice two page spread that introduces us to the new artist for the series. Stuart Immonen’s style is not bad and definitely feels like comic book art. There’s a good amount of detail and likenesses in the images. Wade von Grawbadger handles the inks and seems to complement the art well. Finishing it off, the colors by Justin Ponsor add some nice lighting effects that make the art pop off the page. All in all, the art is pretty good. I like it.

Here’s a good example of the likenesses. I think they did a great job capturing Leia here.

The story, however, is all over the place with this Sana Solo bounty hunter. She’s got some kind of obsession with Han. That’s quite evident by her line saying he belongs with her. She uses the whole encounter to rub old stories in his face and discredit him with Leia. Han, for his part, is flabbergasted and unable to articulate much more than “she’s not my wife!” Yet the bizarre thing is when Leia pulls a gun on both of them and says they’re not selling her to the Empire. Does she really think Han wanted to sell her to the Empire? What kind of game is she playing at with Han? Either way, I’m not liking the whole crazy lady from Han’s past element of the story, and I’ll be a lot happier once the story moves past her.

This is by far my favorite artwork in the whole issue. I love the lighting and the details. The overweight Iridonian bartender is a nice touch.

Elsewhere Luke winds up in a cantina with some familiar looking aliens and winds up in his own mess of trouble. I think it’s interesting that he doesn’t get any useful info out of Obi-Wan’s journal. However, it seems pretty dumb on his part to address an entire cantina full of strangers for transport to Coruscant. One the one hand, it was a smart play to try and find someone to smuggle him to the planet so he could get to the Jedi Temple. But on the other hand, he seems like an idiot with his approach. I’m not sure where they’re going with this part of the story, but I do like seeing all the aliens.

With good artwork and an okay story, Star Wars #8 ekes out a four out of five metal bikinis. The story is a little loose and wild and the crazy girlfriend (wife) bit is kind of corny. Hopefully it goes somewhere more entertaining, but until then, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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