Star Wars #6 picks up right where Star Wars #5 left off; so if you haven’t read that yet… I would. I’ll most likely reference some events from the first five issues but don’t worry, no spoilers for #6.
The Rebels are desperately trying to find a new home but the Empire is somehow always on their tails. Princess Leia and Mon Mothma have been trying to flush out anyone who might be slipping sensitive data to the Empire. C3-PO has been specially encrypted so as to protect vital information. All the while, Leia with the help of Wedge and Tess, are taking out the brand new covert X-Wings to find a planet suitable as a new home base. Last we left our Rebel heroes, Leia was on a severely damaged X-Wing with Star Destroyers arriving any minute. Away from the Rebel fleet, Han Solo and Chewie are on Coruscant attempting to obtain new weapons for the Rebels.
That’s where Star Wars #6 begins, just after the battle with the TIE Interceptors. All in all, this is a fairly light issue. Not a whole lot happens but what does is pretty significant. There is action, as there has been in each issue of this young series. One thing this series does that you don’t normally get from a comic book, especially superhero ones, is a slowed pace. Events take place more along the timeline of a film or TV episode rather than a quick and condensed comic book issue. This is great when the action is bearing down and things are heating up but there are scenes that feel just a tad lagging. For good or bad, this series has a complex story forming. There is a lot of information that needs to be addressed and told to the reader. Now, I like this. I enjoy a complex story and it’s a nice change of pace from other comic books I read. But there will be some people who find this just too slow at times.
The cover art, as always, is just incredible. So, thank you Rodolfo Migliari. I mean, the characters are captured in such a perfect way. It’s very impressive. The interior illustrations are very good too. Gabe D’Anda and Carlos Eltaeb are doing a solid job capturing not only the technology and feel of the Star Wars universe but also the look and soul of our characters. As with Star Wars #5, I still have trouble figuring out who is who at times when they are in the cockpit of the X-Wings with their helmets on but I think D’Anda and Eltaeb did a solid job showing other surroundings that assisted in discerning the characters. Plus, Brian Wood added some solid dialogue that helped differentiate. Overall, the colors are bright and the objects sharp. These guys make me wish this was an on going cartoon series so I could see their work in motion.
Brian Wood has done a solid job with the story and I feel like he is building up to something fairly big in the near future. At this stage, he has really needed to show us the Star Wars universe as proof that he knows what he is doing but I don’t think he needs to do that anymore. After six issues, I am hooked on this series and can’t wait to see what happens next. In fact, I’m very curious to see what happens once the series catches up to Episode V. I’m hoping the story just continues post-Empire Strikes Back. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next issue and for some questions to be answered.
“May the force be with you, always.”