Review: Star Wars #2


SWDH_2Star Wars #1 was a great #1. It got me into Star Wars comics, a comic universe I never delved into.  #2 is just as good, with Brian Wood dangling a lot of plot threads perfectly.

One thing can be said about Wood’s Star Wars, and that it is jam packed.  Wood gives an even amount to all the main characters, without any of them feeling short or deserving more time.  #2 is setting all the characters in motion.  Each of the main cast has their mission going forward, and no doubt they will intersect as time goes on.  Wood seems to have found the perfect balance of characters in this series.  If he added anymore, say Lando Calrissian, then the book would feel over stuffed.  Amongst the plots moving forward, Woods gives character some great character moments as well.  Leia not accepting the loss of her home world, Alderaan, was something I had been interesting too see.  Wood writes it very well, especially for it only being a few panels long.  Wood’s writing of Chewie was particularly great.  Even in a few growls, the reader gets the idea of what he is saying.  Han’s dialogue doesn’t spell out every syllable of what Chewie says.  We get the gist and move on.

Wood firmly plants this series in the Star Wars universe.  The small details he adds in make it feel lived in.  A Star Wars staple, Boba Fett, makes his appearance this issue.  Wood builds on past story lines, brings the reader up to date, and continues with the plot point.  He also brings in a few of the many races effortlessly, and writing in their unique voice very well.  When Wood jumps from scene to scene, the reader can almost see the classic fades used in the movies.  Wood clearly knows the universe immensely well.  Disney, keep an eye on Wood when it comes to making tie-in comics for Episode VII.  The narration in #1, while useful for people who didn’t know the universe very well, was a little much.  Wood tones it down a little bit, and for the better.

Carlos D’Anda veers away from making the characters look like their actor counterparts this issue.  This ends up being a good thing, since D’Anda can’t seem to make Leia look like Carrie Fisher.  But this gives D’Anda more room to breathe, giving the characters more expressions.  Much as Wood’s script makes the universe feel lived in, D’Anda’s highly detailed pencils make the universe feel old.  I couldn’t stop staring at the back of Slave 1, and the amazing level of detail that D’Anda put into it.  The male characters all have the same jaw line, making the reader have to rely on hair color to get which character they are.  It’s a fixable problem though.  Gabe Eltaeb’s colors pop off of D’Anda’s pencils.  The color of the thrusters on ships made me a little giddy, as it matches the screen version perfectly.

Star Wars continues to be a great story for fans of the original trilogy.  If you haven’t read the first issue, pick it up and then pick this one up too.

Star Wars #2 gets 4/5.

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