Star Wars #5 review

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After the raid on Cymoon, the heroes have split up. Leia is continuing to push ahead with missions for the Rebels, and has found a good way to persuade (or coerce, depending on your point of view) Han to help her. He’s about as happy as you’d expect in that situation. His annoyance might be part of why he’s off his game, and things don’t go spectacularly well for his and Leia’s mission. 

Elsewhere, for an obscure world with not a lot to offer, Tatooine is seeing a lot of action. Boba Fett is tracing down leads for a contract, and he’s just as deadly as ever. Not having any idea that he’s on the same world, Luke is going to Ben Kenobi’s old home, seeking clues to how he can learn more about being a Jedi. The collision between those two seems imminent, and it can’t be good.

Plot: Aaron is becoming one of my favorite comic book writers. His work here and on Thor has been impressing me a lot. This has the early Star Wars feel, and Aaron has the characters down perfect. Boba Fett is a menacing bad ass with a rep like Batman’s.  I’ll give this a high 3.5 for plot.

Art: Everything looks good. Fett’s fight scenes are particularly well done. The ships in Han and Leia’s mission, and their dogfighting, are nicely executed. The Sand People look appropriately menacing, even they end up being out-classed. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5 as well.

Positives: It has the Star Wars feel, which is the most important thing, of course. We get to see why Boba Fett has such a fearsome reputation. Leia does a great job of maneuvering Han into doing what she needs him to do.

Negatives: Han seems a little off here, maybe just mad at Leia. You’d think a Jedi Master in hiding would have had better home defenses than Ben did apparently.

Star Wars #5

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Cassaday & Martin

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