The new adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han keep going as they fight the Empire on Cymoon 1. The problem with attacking a weapons factory is there are a lot of weapons around. It makes for some interesting events for Han and Leia.
There’s also some fairly intense interaction with Luke and Darth Vader. Luke is still very early in his career, so he’s really no match for Vader, but he’s smart enough to know that, at least. There’s all kinds of action, a desperate mission, overwhelming odds, and just that great Star Wars feel. The issue ends with a mysterious delivery that may affect the future of one of our heroes.
Plot: It really has the Star Wars tone. They manage to get their mission done, if not exactly how they planned. Vader is making plans for the future that bode ill for the Rebels. I’ll give the plot a 4 out of 5.
Art: It looks right. Such varied things as the droids, Chewie, and the stormtroopers all look good and distinct. Visuals are important in comics, especially in Star Wars, and Cassaday does it well. I’ll give the art a 4 out of 5.
Positives: It feels right for Star Wars. The action is great, the characters are good, everyone gets a chance to shine (well, except 3P0, and he’s kind of a putz anyway).
Negatives: Ya know, I’m not sure there are many. Part of the plan relying on C3P0 in the Falcon was really kind of foolish, but I covered that last time.
I’m still not happy about Disney/Marvel getting rid of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but these are fun. I’m enjoying the new stories.
Star Wars #3
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulous
Cover: Cassaday & Martin