Series: Star Wars
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: John Cassaday
Summary from Marvel: “CONCLUSION OF “SKYWALKER STRIKES”! • Luke vs. Boba Fett! Han Solo in hot water!”
Star Wars started incredibly strong selling over one million copies of issue #1 and almost every additional issue has also sold out and gone into multiple reprints. What I am trying to say is, Star Wars is now a juggernaut in the comics industry again. The last issue ended with a bit of a cliffhanger with Boba Fett ambushing Luke with a flash-bang in Ben Kenobi’s humble abode (RIP I think? I mean he has a Force Ghost… does RIP work in that case?). Anyway, I have been very excited to see a fight between these two ever since Mr. Fett first took some pot shots at Luke on Cloud City. But did it live up to expectations?
The fight scene was great. It was made all the better by having Luke have to trust his instincts since he was blinded by Boba before the fight even began. The back and forth banter was a lot of fun, but the fight really felt like a knock-down-drag-out brawl with both Luke and Boba having to reach deep into their bag of tricks in order to try to win.
Jason Aaron is a fantastic writer, and you can tell that he has a deep love of the source material. His characterizations are just spot on. A problem I have with a lot of Star Wars novels is that the voices of the characters seem a little off. That is not a problem here. There are several scenes with Han and Leia talking and it sounds like dialog straight out of the original trilogy. Also, this is John Cassaday’s last issue for a while (he might come back for an issue here or there), which is unfortunate because he has been doing a great job capturing the look and feel of the the original trilogy. This issue is no different, Cassaday is great at getting the facial features just right. The mixture of Aaron and Cassaday make it feel completely authentic.
This issue also introduced a new character that has some pretty massive implications on Star Wars canon. I am not going to spoil it here (even though it was all over my Twitter feed before I made it out to my shop on Wednesday), but it is pretty shocking.
Overall, with the great fight sequence, the massive plot twist, and the perfect dialog, I have to say that this is the best single issue of Star Wars I’ve read. If you like the original trilogy then this is the book for you, and good news – there are one million plus copies of number 1 floating around, and second and third printings of almost every issue since. If you are a Star Wars fan at all you need to be checking this book out.
Music Pairing –
Like always – John Williams.