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YAVIN Continues To Grow With New Characters and New Threats

  • Feb 13, 2013
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Like so many, I was privileged to experience the original STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE on the big screen when it premiered back in 1977, and, faithfully, I’ve been along for the ride ever since.  Granted, I haven’t picked up every novel, nor have I read every graphic paperback, but those that create a solid buzz are always at the top of my list.  When I learned that Dark Horse’s storyteller Brian Wood was heading up an all-new title in the Star Wars galaxy AND it was going back to the adventurous (and treacherous) days of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, I had my fingers crossed that it was going to be something special.
Now, with this second issue, Wood continues to impress, perhaps choosing not to rush through hyperspace to get to the meat and bones of his story; rather – like one who knows how to deliver good things to those who wait – he’s still bringing us up to speed with the affairs of the day.  Vader’s still under-the-gun so far as the Emperor is concerned.  The rebels are on the run, having abandoned their base on Yavin in search for a spot with greater anonymity.  But – after all these developments – why is it that the Empire still behaves as though the Alliance is nearly within its grasp?
(NOTE: The following review may contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of characters and plot.  If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d 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 …)
Luke and Wedge continue to prepare for the inevitable fighter combat yet to come.  In the meantime, Princess Leia – at the behest of Mon Mothma – has created a personal task force dedicated to securing a new home for the Alliance.  Han Solo and his mate, Chewbacca, are still committed to a private campaign on behalf of the rebel leader … but will all of this be for naught?
Developments are a tad slim in the second issue of the promised three-issue storyline, but that appears to be the case as scribe Wood continues to move these chess pieces about the board.  For example, in the last panel of the tale it becomes clear that Solo is up to something extraordinarily risk on behalf of Mon Mothma that could jeopardize the future of the Alliance, but I won’t dare spoil it.  Additionally, several new players are added to the mix – some new faces join Leia’s squad, while two new Imperials are introduced with the mission of locating the missing rebels – so it’s all going in a very concerted direction.
Where will it all end?
There’s no way to tell at this point.  As many second issues do, this one is entirely dedicated to some of the lesser developments.  Granted, there are a few surprises, but methinks the real meat of the story is yet to come.  Also, is there a mole within the Alliance?  If looks could talk, then we may be on the way to knowing very soon!
STAR WARS: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN (Part 2) is published by Dark Horse Comics.  The story is written by Brian Wood; the art is provided by Carlos D’Anda; the colors are by Gabe Eltaeb; and lettering is by Michael Heisler.  The issue bears a cover price of $2.99 in standard Republic credits.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Not a whole lot happens in this second chapter of the new saga from creator Brian Wood, but, like any good chapter, news characters and situations are introduced that’ll no doubt play some greater role in things as they develop in the next issue and even further down the line.  Still, the familiar faces are back – and there’s even a surprise (somewhat) cameo waiting for Han Solo and Chewbacca on their private mission for Mon Mothma – and the suspense is building.  It’s a delight to return to the Original Trilogy timeframe of that galaxy far, far away, so strap yourselves in for the ride of your lives.
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 2) for the expressed purposes of completing this review.

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