Dark Horse’s Star Wars: 1-18
Plot: After the Battle Of Yarvin, the rebels try to find a new rebel base leading Princess Leia to agree to an arraigned wedding. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker learns to control this new force and Darth Vader tries to get revenge against the rebels.
Review: Star Wars comics are always hard. I think this is because of two reasons. The first one is that they lack a sense of fun that the movies have. They are always either two dark or just kind of boring and you never get that sense of ADVENTURE in this space adventure. Second the movies always made the characters matter. Say what you will about George Lucas but you always got the sense that everyone there mattered that’s why one note characters like Boba Fett and Admiral Ackbar are so memorable. They always felt like three dimensional characters even if they only just show up. They always feel lived in. But in comics you never really get this sense as they always focus on one character which is almost always Luke Skywalker. Look I love Luke Skywalker, I dressed up as him for 5 years running as a kid. But it kind of sucks when favorites like Solo or Leia or sadly lonely Lando are thrown into the background.
Luckily Dark Horse doesn’t have this problem! It’s probably one of the only star wars comisc that feels like Star Wars! It’s so refreshing. They do this by giving everyone something to do. Leia and Luke are trying to find a new rebel base, Solo and Chewie look for new deals and Vader wants revenge. No one is just there to be there. And it’s fun! I understand it’s hard to do comedy in comisc but Dark Horse captures the fun and humor of the Galaxy Far Far away.
Sure I have some complaints, at the beginning in an effort to make Leia and Mon Mothera better characters, they have to take away from male characters like Luke and Admiral Ackbar. Ackbar comes off like kind of a dummy in his only scene which is too bad because I always saw him as a kind of emotional loving commander. Like the one everyone went to because Mothera was a bit of a all business leader. But I never thought one was above the other. Also Luke kind of has to act like a jealous kid for Leia to look better. But it’s only for a few issues and seems like a small misstep than a real mistake. Plus it’s hard to complain about strong female characters in comics as they are so few and far in between.
No my only real complaint is that Dark Horse is losing it’s license for Star Wars to Marvel. Sure I know that Disney bought both Lucasfilm and Marvel so it makes sense but man with this and The Star Wars, it’s hard to see it as anything but shitty.
At least it went out with a bang!