In part of most Star Wars stories, there comes a point when the heroes are separated and things aren’t going great for them. This seems to be about that point. Luke, having concluded his adventure on Tatooine, is off to his next bit of chaos. Being a famous Rebel with a price on his head doesn’t make anything any easier when he tries to bargain passage to Coruscant amid the seedy bars of Nar Shaddaa. Remember his trip to the cantina in Mos Eisley? Yeah, about that good.
Meanwhile, Han and Leia are having all manner of complications on their mission to scout a new hideout for the Alliance. Someone from Han’s past has shown up, and she’s making some interesting claims. Sana pulling a blaster and threatening to turn Leia in for the reward on her head is the least of her surprises. Let’s just say that she’s making Han’s life a lot more complicated, and making Leia rather angry as well. While they are facing off, the Imperials make things worse yet, by way of a Star Destroyer and some TIE bombers. No one looks like they are coming out of this situation well… or maybe even in one piece. Chewie and Threepio have this story off, at least so far.
Plot: This is a nicely spun story. I’m sure Luke’s quest is going to eventually intersect with Han and Leia’s mission, but the steps getting there have been a lot of fun. Luke’s decision this issue, and the complications from it, should get really interesting soon. I’ll give the plot a high 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The art is great. Luke, Leia, and Han all look about like they did in the first movie, which is the rough time-frame this is set in. Some of Leia’s particularly annoyed looks are really nicely done. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5 also.
Positives: Aaron writes these characters really well. The scenes with Leia and Han are particularly good. I can hear Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’s voices in that dialogue. Luke is making some bad choices, but he’s still very inexperienced at this point.
Negatives: Han and Leia seem like they got caught out by Sana a bit too easily, considering both of their past experience. I get that no one is perfect, but this seems like a big mistake. I’m also not entirely clear on how Luke was disarmed at one point.
Overall, this is some great Star Wars fun, and I’m having a blast with it. This should be something to please any Star Wars fan.
Star Wars #8
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Immonen, Von Grawbadger, Ponsor