by Brian Wood

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

This volume collects issues #1-6 of the most recent, and apparently last, series of Star Wars comics from Dark Horse. Standing independent from other entries in the Expanded Universe, the story takes place during a fascinating time period: immediately following the destruction of the first Death Star at Yavin but before the Rebels establish their new base on Hoth. Brian Wood makes the most of this moment, showing us Luke Skywalker getting used to his new role as hero, Han Solo and Chewbacca running into Boba Fett on a Rebel mission to Coruscant, and Princess Leia still reeling from the loss of her home planet but very much on the rise as a leader of the Rebellion.

I love the focus on female characters in this series. We see Mon Mothma powerfully in charge and are introduced to women X-wing pilots. Leia herself is awesome here. In the movies, she is presented as a brilliant tactician who volunteers for missions and can handle weapons with the best of them, but in this book she also leads a task force charged with finding a mole in the ranks and shows her own skill as an X-wing squadron leader.

I can’t believe I got this far without mentioning the art: Carlos D’Anda's artwork is amazing, saturated with color and true not only to the look of the characters during this time period, but also to the overall feel of the Star Wars universe. This series is definitely worth a look, and don’t worry about starting something that won’t have an ending: Disney has announced that comics rights will shift from Dark Horse to Marvel beginning in 2015, which will allow Wood to wrap up this series with issue #20, due out later in 2014.

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