That Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes To Life Once Again!
Mar 14, 2013
It is indeed a dark time for the galaxy. Back in the days when Star Wars began – and, yes, I’m talking about 1977 – there was just so much more creative edge to the franchise. Luke Skywalker was little more than some upstart farmboy who was given the chance to fulfill a destiny he never knew he had. Princess Leia was possessed by the same impulsive impetuousness (of course, we didn’t quite see it that way back then because the whole brother/sister thing was hidden), a force of her own to be reckoned with by the Empire. And Han Solo? Why, that cowboy with a blaster would rush headfirst into a herd of Banthas if he thought there was profit in it.
Brian Wood has struck comics’ gold (again!) by returning us to those daring days of yesteryear, putting the Rebellion on the run, adding a few new faces into the mix for good measure, and reminding us all the time that freedom is not only something worth fighting for but also something at the core of great tales of myth.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
When we last saw our heroes, Han Solo and Chewbacca were arriving on the famed Coruscant. As is Han’s lot in life, things won’t quite work out the way he’s planned. Before you can say “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” he and Chewie are doing the deeds of spies, trying to retrieve some desperately needed intel on behalf of Mon Mothma herself. Princess Leia was tasked with creating a special team to locate a new rebel base as well as uncover the ‘mole in their ranks’ we keeps leaking their activities to the Empire. And that upstart farmboy from Tatooine is still that upstart farmboy fromTatooine.
Everything that develops in this third installment of the new ongoing STAR WARS title headed by writer Brian Wood is perfectly logical. There’s not much more needing to be divulged – why would I dare to spoil this month’s progression for you? – but, suffice it to say, nothing appears to be under control of the Rebellion. That grim reality was the lasting spark that gave added meaning to the Original Trilogy, and, as a faithful steward, Wood is delivering readers right back to that fragile existence. Vader’s still not happy, and I’ve got a bad feeling that he’s about to spell doom for our rebel friends one way or the other.
What’s increasingly enduring about this new series – besides the riveting drama – is the artwork by Carlos D’Anda. So many panels are filled with places that, while we’ve never seen, are perfectly familiar to the worlds already established in the Original Trilogy. We’re even treated to a surprise-style cameo of a certain moon in the Endor System that’ll play a huge role in RETURN OF THE JEDI. Only true storytelling masters can take something relatively trivial – like such a cameo visit – and elevate it to new heights, and that’s the subtle greatness behind this new adventure in a galaxy far, far away. It all looks, feels, and sounds like home or, at least, just like we image we’d remember it had it played out on silver screens in our youth.
Welcome back, STAR WARS! And long live the Rebellion!
STAR WARS: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN (Part 3) is published by Dark Horse Comics. The story is by Brian Wood; the art is by Carlos D’Anda; the colors are by Gabe Eltaeb; with the lettering done by Michael Heisler. The issue bears a cover price of $2.99, and this reviewer thinks any issue of Star Wars written by Brian Wood is a bargain at any price. May the Force be with us!
HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. It’s Star Wars. It’s CLASSIC Star Wars. You’d be a fool to miss this one, folks. Go out and pick it up today.
In the interests of fairness, I’m pleased to disclose that the fine folks at Dark Horse Comics provided me with an advance digital copy of STAR WARS: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN (Part 3) for the expressed purposes of completing this review.
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