This being my first review of the recently launched Star Wars comic book, I’d like to bring in a little background for the series. Star Wars is a comic book series that began in January of 2013. It takes place in between Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Issue #1 begins shortly after the events causing the Death Star’s destruction but prior to the Rebellion finding their new home on Hoth. This time frame makes it extremely convenient for the creative team because they can utilize all of the iconic franchise characters, especially those who do not survive the original trilogy such as Darth Vader among others.
As has been the case in most of the early issues, Star Wars #5 is action-packed! We are thrust directly into the dangerous moment we left our pilots in at the end of issue #4. Throughout the action we begin to see exactly how relationships have formed since the Battle of Yavin. The underlying plot is quite compelling and leads us on a science fiction mystery. While there is some jumping around from scene to scene, it isn’t difficult to keep up with the different stories occurring in this issue. In fact, the only thing that makes things difficult is that it can be difficult to tell who is who behind those X-Wing helmet visors but luckily, the characters are called out by name more often than not.
So far, I’m truly enjoying this series and this issue only takes things up a notch. We are slowly taking in-depth looks into characters we only saw a glimpse of in the original movies, as well as discovering new characters that help shape our heroes of screen. Aside from the compelling plot and interesting characters, Brian Wood (writer) knows how to leave the audience wanting more with fantastic little cliff hangers in every issue, especially this one. Star Wars #5 truly gives you the feel of an intense action Sci-Fi TV show but in comic book form.
Carlos D’Anda’s artwork is superb, especially when it comes to ships and our favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader. While things look familiar and you can easily pick out an X-Wing or TIE Interceptor, the creative team for this series has given the Star Wars universe their own special touch, creating unique designs and moods for these familiar objects. One thing I’ve truly enjoyed from each of these issues has been the cover art. Rodolfo Migliari does not disappoint in Star Wars #5. The cover is very well done, though Han looks like he is staring deep into my soul.
Overall, this issue does a great job moving the story forward on all three major fronts while keeping the action at full throttle. This is one of the few comic book series that leaves me dying to find out what happens next. Needless to say, I’m pumped for issue #6 next month!
May the Force be with you, always.