After dealing with their own various stories, the heroes reunite for some serious chaos on Nal Hutta. After dealing with the bounty hunter Dengar, Han, Chewie, Leia, Threepio, and the ever-annoying Sana all link up to try and find Luke. The young would-be Jedi is a prisoner of Grakkus the Hutt, and is supposed to fight to the death in the arena. Grakkus’ collection of all things Jedi has brought him more attention than he wanted, and another group is crashing the party.
There’s a lot of action in this one. It’s not quite the Battle of Five Armies, but there’s a lot going on from several directions. Blasters (and several other gadgets) get taken out of the equation and there are some surprising weapon choices among what’s left over. Grakkus is not at all like most other Hutts. We also finally hear what’s been going on with Sana. At the end, one of the undercover agents delivers some into about what happened to someone the Rebels would just as soon not have anything to do with.
Plot: This was some great action in here. Aaron continues to impress me as a writer. It took some good work to get these different threads together, and he pulled it off. I’ll give the plot a 4 out of 5.
Art: Overall, the art is really good.. They make Chewie look good, which is hard to pull off. I’m only giving it a 3 out of 5, mostly because of the lightsabers. When they are being used, they end up looking like arc of light, more like a fan than a blade, and it really doesn’t look right to me.
Positives: I like that the heroes got back together after being scattered all over. Leia handled her self really well. I’m hopeful that the Sana story is over with now. The extra layer of complications with the undercover agent on Grakkus’ staff was nicely done.
Negatives: As I said before, I didn’t like the way the lightsabers were drawn. It looked really off. And that was about my only complaint.
I’m really enjoying this title. I’m a Star Wars fan and this really feels like they got the tone right to me.
Star Wars 12
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Immonen, Von Grawbadger, Ponsor