Our heroic band of rebels barely pulled a victory out of their last mission, and they are recovering and assessing things in this issue. It’s sort of a catch your breath issue, with some seeds for future plots. Those can be great issues if they’re done well, and this is, for the most part.
Han and Chewie’s scenes are mostly them repairing the Falcon and mocking each other about how they did on the mission to Cymoon. Han is particularly annoyed about his run-in with Vader. Han’s world (galaxy?) view is a bit rattled, seeing what Vader can do with his “hokey old religion.” Leia is talking to the leaders of the Rebellion, saying they need to do more.
After his less-than-successful confrontation with Vader, Luke is having a lot of self-doubt. He pushes himself in training with the remotes, like Ben showed him on the Falcon while trying to get to Alderaan. Luke’s annoyed and depressed and snaps at Leia when she comes to talk to him. Luke finally decides he needs more answers, and goes to Tatooine
Speaking of Tatooine, there’s a lot going on there. Vader is “negotiating” with Jabba the Hutt for supplies and equipment. The Empire, while huge, isn’t infinite, and losing the Death Star hurt them badly. And, while Vader’s visiting Jabba’s palace, there’s a mysterious figure creeping around asking about Solo, and a much more famous bounty hunter seeking information about Kenobi. And Luke’s about to land in the middle of all this. Good luck, kid, as Han would say.
Plot: I do miss the Expanded Universe with the more mature, experienced versions of these characters. But this is put together well, and the characters are having understandable reactions to where they are in their character arcs. The events coming together on Tatooine are getting interesting. I’ll give the plot a 3.5 out of 5.
Art: They’ve got the look and feel of Star Wars down well here. I’ll give a high 3.5 out of 5 for art.
Positives: The characters are all acting true to their early selves. The Cymoon mission, as crazy as it got, should have consequences, so I’m glad they’re showing that. Han and Chewie’s banter was amusing, and Leia’s idealism was spot on.
Negatives: While I understand it, I’m not wild about Luke pretty much sulking and going off to “find himself.” And if they’re at least still keeping to the movie canon, we know he’s not going to get a lot better as a Jedi until he finds Yoda, so he needs to accept that for a bit.
This is a good series with a fine feel for early Star Wars. I’m having fun with it.
Star Wars #4
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Cassaday & Martin