Star Wars #8

Star Wars #8

Writer: Brian Wood
Penciller: Ryan Kelly
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: David Michael Beck

Behind enemy lines, outrunning bounty hunters and exploring the wreckage of Alderaan is all in a day’s work for Star Wars #8. Wedge and Luke enact their crazy plan to infiltrate Colonel Bircher’s Star Destroyer in a wild gambit to catch the enemy spy. Meanwhile Han and Chewie are still trying to escape the clutches of Boba Fett and Bossk. Elsewhere Leia is tracking down the remains of her homeworld for an overdue spiritual journey, but finds she is not alone in the graveyard of the planet.

Skuldren: The issue kicks off with a quick glimpse at Luke and Wedge as they are handcuffed and brought on board the Devastator. From there, though, it quickly jumps to Coruscant for a burst of action. Boba Fett and Bossk are still taking pot shots at the junk hauler Han is on, while Chewbacca shoots back with the Falcon. That page quickly rolls over for another shift, this time with Leia in her X-Wing checking out the graveyard of Alderaan. Next up is Vader overseeing the construction of the Death Star and the actions of his new pawn, Birra Seah. The quick, one page bursts of story are a little jarring, but they nicely round their way back to Luke and Wedge on the Devastator.

Geralyn:  I didn’t find the the jumping from one set of action to another jarring.  It gave it a real Star Wars movie feel in my opinion.  In fact, I thought the Wedge-Luke sequences very rebel-esque and Star Wars-y.  The Han sequences too felt typical rogue smuggler with a skifter up his sleeve.  It was actually the Leia scenes that had a pushing-the-character-envelope feel to me.  I’m not criticizing.  I think it’s a good thing to have Leia step outside the box, and so far Brian Wood has done a good transitioning her from senator to fighting rebel.  Also, call me intrigued by this “old Alderaanian” Leia’s encountered,  Plus the fact that he’s piloting an old Clone Wars ship.

Skuldren: While bouncing around, all of the action in this issue takes place above Coruscant an on the Devastator. Han and Chewie shoot it out with the bounty hunters. With as much shooting that takes place, it’s surprising that nothing really gets resolved with their situation. However, the ending promises the possibility of some change as Han finds himself outgunned by Boba. On the other hand, Luke makes good use of his lightsaber on board the Devastator to stay ahead of the enemy. With his experience escaping the Death Star, he seems to be well suited for this suicidal mission he and Wedge volunteered for. As crazy as the idea sounded in the last issue, I’m beginning to think it wasn’t quite so crazy.

Geralyn: The Luke-Wedge storyline is a lot of fun, reminiscent of the rescuing-the-princess-on-the-Death-Star sequences in A New Hope.  Luke appears to have learned a few things from that experience, and he’s putting that to good use.  I like the teases of Luke’s fledgling Force abilities, as well as the rebel camaraderie between him and Wedge.  While Han and Chewie get more action — and I definitely like Perla, the pilot who’s trying to get the smugglers off Coruscant — I found the Luke-and-Wedge-on-the-Devastator stuff more satisfying.  Still I have to admit the final panel in this issue is a knock your socks off shot.


Skuldren: The art in this issue isn’t too bad. Some of the panels look really gorgeous. There’s some great shots between Han and Boba Fett as they are blasting at each others ships. One of my favorite panels in the whole issue was when the Falcon lifts off from the junk hauler. It’s a nice head on shot of the Falcon, and the Slave I is lurking in the background. However some of the artwork is a little odd. In particular there’s a panel of stormtrooper KL-443 right before Luke busts out of his detention cell. The trooper is a little deformed looking. Looking at it as a whole, it’s still a pretty good looking issue.

Geralyn: Well, you’re the art expert here.  As long as Han looks like a scruffy nerf herder and I can tell the difference between Luke and Wedge, I’m good.  All in all I’m pretty satisfied with this issue.  We give Star Wars #8 a solid 4 out of 5 metal bikinis.


Reviewed By: Skuldren and Geralyn for Roqoo Depot.

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