The Star Wars #5

The Star Wars #5 (of 8)

Writer: J.W. Rinzler
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Nick Runge

The Star Wars #5 plunges the characters into trouble at the Gordon Spaceport then flings them into a firefight in space. General Skywalker and the green alien Han Solo take charge with lightsabers in hand. There’s plenty of action in this issue and a few familiar elements, but for the most part, it’s a big departure from the films.

The issue starts out in the Gordon Spaceport on Aquilae as Skywalker and company try to escape the planet. They run into trouble with the Sith Knight and are actually captured. Then they make a quick escape and find another ship to escape in. Afterwards, they wind up in space and get attacked by some Hunter Destroyers, ie. TIE fighters.

As far as familiarity goes, this issue only shares a couple moments from the films. The end fight with the Hunter Destroyers evokes the scene in A New Hope where Han and Luke go to the gun turrets to shoot TIE fighters. In this case, it’s Annikin and Whitsun. There’s a panel depicting their escape vessel that’s based on an old Ralph McQuarrie concept painting that shows a blockade runner type ship in the Mos Eisley spaceport. Other than that, there’s some similarity with The Phantom Menace and the conference room gas scene. Otherwise, everything else is very different.

Reading this issue, I have to admit the story and dialog felt very clunky. The storyline felt a little rushed in parts, too. For instance, when they characters get passed the security checkpoint, they’re suppose to be heading to their escape ship, but they feel a disturbance. Next thing you know, Skywalker and Han are in some room with the Sith Knight where he’s directing the security checkpoints. It’s a little hard to keep up with some of the jumps and the story could have benefited from some better transitions.

Another odd scene is where Leia comes out and tells Annikin she loves him. This is completely out of the blue and without anything to build toward this sudden shift in her viewpoint of him. Not that long again, he punched her right in the face. Now all of the sudden she loves him. Then a few pages later, he admits he loves her too. If you thought the love stories and dialog on the films was bad, this is far worse.

With decent artwork and a weird, clunky story, I’d have to give The Star Wars #5 a two out of five metal bikinis. It’s a strange thing to read, and perhaps a worthwhile exploration of a rare Star Wars story, but it’s not exactly the best Star Wars story. As a curiosity, it’s worth checking out. With three more issues to go, there’s still a lot that can happen.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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