REVIEW: Star Wars #10
Though the “Star Wars” universe will continue in a major way in 2015 with Episode VII, there is an amazing occurrence happening right now with the amazing event that is Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda’s Star Wars comic run. Set right after the events of the 1977 film, this series shows what takes place while the Rebels are on the run and the Empire is reeling from the Death Star being lost. Issue #10 is the best of the series so far, as it handles many different plots while showcasing a few powerful scenes that remind just how much tragedy has taken place in this universe.
What makes Brian Wood so great with this series is that he can take famous characters such as Princess Leia and Wedge Antilles and instill character development and a deep pathos to their part in the Rebellion. The early scene with Luke and Wedge trapped on a Star Destroyer features a powerful conversation where the reader is shown that Wedge has been emotionally affected by the Battle of Yavin. While Wedge was a supporting character at best in the trilogy, here Wood portrays him as a man who has also lost someone important and people he cared for in the service of the Rebel Alliance, and to see such depth given to a minor film character is a welcome sight. Later in the issue, Princess Leia is dealing with the person responsible for the death of her home Alderaan. Her reaction to this situation shows the morality her character is instilled with while also reminding us just how much she has lost. Moments like these are the strength of Wood’s series thus far, as he can flesh out these iconic characters and make the audience see them in a different light.
The issue contains many great moments that showcase characters either previously less developed or even new characters. Mon Mothma is able to assert her authority as the leader of the Rebellion and her scenes show why she is leading the Alliance. In a tense action sequence involving Boba Fett doing his best to capture Han Solo, newcomer and garbage pilot Perla is able to handle the situation. By the end of the issue, some of the separate plots are able to come together in a way that should make for an interesting situation. The only real weakness of the plot is the disjointed feeling, as there are so many separate storylines going on that the feeling of a connective story can be lost.
Artist Carlos D’Anda continues to do an amazing job with this series, from balancing great facial expressions on characters to exciting space battles. There are a few standout moments in this issue, with the first being the opening five pages. Here, D’Anda takes a conversation about loss and revenge between Luke and Wedge and layers such a moody and shadowed style to enhance the darkened nature of the scene. When Wedge speaks of his losses, shadows fall over his eyes and the red tint to the scene by colorist Gabe Eltaeb really evokes a tone of sadness and darkness that these two characters have experienced. D’Anda also does a great job with Leia, showing both her combative and toughened exterior while also revealing just how much tragedy is there in a panel of her tearful face while alone in her X-Wing. Colorist Eltaeb makes everything pop off the page, which is a perfect way to translate this space epic from the screen to the page.
Star Wars #10 continues Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda’s amazing series about the Star Wars universe. This run has been a great way to get a new look at some of the iconic characters from the Original Trilogy during a time period that was glossed over in the film trilogy. Make sure to check out this series if you love reading about events that took place a long time ago in that galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars #10 gets a 4.5/5