Ever have one of those days where you just can’t catch a break? That seems to be what Han Solo is going through the last few issues. He and Leia’s mission has gone horribly badly. They have been shot at by Imperials, barely made it to the surface of a virtually unknown world, and then been confronted by a bounty hunter. To make it worse for Han, the bounty hunter, Sana, is referring to herself as a Han’s wife. Han disagrees with this, but it’s definitely not improving his relationship with Leia. The relentless pursuit by the Imperials isn’t making anything any better, either.
Luke isn’t having a much better time. He’s been taken prisoner on Nar Shaddaa while he was trying to arrange passage to Courscant in order to try and get to the remains of the Jedi Temple. He didn’t get there, not even close really, but he is getting an education, of a sort. Grakkus the Hutt, who is holding Luke captive, is a fascination with all things Jedi, so Luke is learning a bit. He’s also being forced to fight for the Hutt’s amusement. Luke does have some backup on the way. Hopefully they get there soon. Luke’s opponent looks very dangerous.
Plot: There’s a lot of good Star Wars action here. The stories are starting to drift back together, which I like. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 for plot.
Art: The art is overall good. One thing that was really odd was the way the lightsabers were drawn. The blades looked more like katana blades, with the diagonal shape at the end. I’ve never seen a saber like that before, and I don’t know why they are suddenly different. I’ll give the art a 2.5 out of 5.
Positives: Leia, as she appears in later stories, is a politician and deal-maker. We can see that very clearly here. Luke is naive, but very determined. The entire Han/Leia/Sana situation is a mess, but entertaining to watch. Han’s frustration in shown very well.
Negatives: I mentioned the sabers’ odd appearance. I still find it a bit hard to see how rough some of these characters are, compared to their progress in the Expanded Universe books.
I’m a big Star Wars fan, and Jason Aaron has the feel of the universe down nicely. I recommend this title to any Star Wars fans.
Star Wars #10
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Immonen, Von Grawbadger, and Ponsor