Title: Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes (Written by Jason Aaron, Art by John Cassaday)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 2015
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet – the destruction of the massive Death Star.
But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape… while Luke finds himself face-to-face with Darth Vader! Collecting: Star Wars 1-6
Happy Wednesday folks! You might remember that a week or two ago I mentioned that I might start reviewing comics and or graphic novels on a Wednesday instead of Wordless Wednesday, and well I finally bit the bullet and have decided to do it. I’m kicking it off this week with some Star Wars, because hey, why not!
I would be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy reading this. It was everything you might expect from a Star Wars comic. It was full of action, adventure, and a good dose of comedy too, just for good measure. Star Wars Volume 1 is Marvel’s reintroduction into the Star Wars Comic Book World. For the past who knows how many years, Dark Horse Comics have been publishing Star Wars comics, and Marvel finally have it back in their hands, and they’re starting from scratch! That’s right, they’ve basically ret-conned everything Dark Horse published and are using the movies as the platform for their starting point. If I’m not mistaken, this story took place approximately somewhere between Episode’s 4 and 5 of the original trilogy, and it is very evident that the movies had a very strong influence from story all the way to character/actor likenesses.
Within the volume, we basically meet everyone we could possibly hope to meet from the movies, and more. You’ve got Luke, Leia, Hans Solos, Chewbacca, R2-D2, c-3p0, Stormtroopers, and even the big bad himself, Darth Vader. I found this made the book a very enjoyable read, that I was deling into something that had character’s that I was quite familiar with, and it helped that you could follow the storyline once you realised when it was in the series of movies. They even introduced a new character into the storyline, who was very dark and mysterious to begin with, and it wasn’t until the very end in the last chapter that we found out who that character was. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will tell you it’s someone we’ve never met before, but might make your jaw drop for sure once you find out who it is! We also got some epic scenes with Luke, like his encounter with Vader, which is presumably Marvel’s interpretation of their first encounter with each other. We also get to see the first encounter between Luke and Boba Fett, which made for an interesting read, while look sought out a box with his name on it, containing the journals of his old master Ben Kenobi.
If I were to pick out some dislikes for this graphic novel, it would possibly be that it read too much like it was trying to be a movie. Don’t get me wrong, that’s understandable, considering the franchise comes mainly from a movie, but there’s also a time where you have to seperate the movie from it’s other mediums. I’ve watched the Star Wars: Rebels animated series, and delved into one or two novels of the Star Wars franchise, and both times I never felt like it was trying to be the movies, but here, in this comic book format, I felt like it was trying to be too cinematic. Hopefully Volume 2 won’t be so. We’ve a new artist by the name of Stuart Immonen taking over the art duties, so hopefully he can help change it, so that it reads more like a proper comic book and not just a comic book trying to be a movie.
I was very excited about the news when Marvel first announced they were taking over as publishers of the Star Wars comics and they sure as hell haven’t disappointed me. So far I’ve picked up every single Star Wars comic Marvel have released since they started just over a year ago, so don’t be surprised if you find another review of a different Star Wars title here in the next few weeks, because I am super pumped! If you haven’t been reading the comics, and are a fan of Star Wars, there’s no better time to start than now, as Marvel are literally doing this from scratch and it’s the best damn reboot/relaunch they’ve ever done!
Until next time 😉