Brian Wood has done a good job so far of writing the characters in their unique voices. But he takes that one step further in Star Wars #3, pushing them into unfamiliar territories for long time fans.
Much like the last few issues, Star Wars #3 is jam packed with plot. It’s constantly jumping from scene to scene, without sacrificing momentum. In fact, I could almost see a Han Solo and Chewbacca spin off series. Wood injects a lot of fun into their story, and it is easy to hear Harrison Ford’s voice in your head as you read the script. Wood could have developed Leia and Luke’s plot, as almost nothing happens on that front. It’s still fun to read, so no harm done. The narration continues to buck the trend of being annoying. I find that most of the narration seems to be condensing some panels into a few sentences. With more writers stretching out their plots to fit the trade paperback size, it’s funny to see Wood going in the opposite direction. He has so much material that he can’t fit all of it into one issue.
Star Wars #3 earns the title of best issue of the series (so far) because what Wood does with Luke and Leia. Everyone knows they are brother and sister, but he still develops the love angle anyways. It’s very sweet, and feels genuine. Wedge, a criminally underused in the movies, gets one panel of character development. One that will hopefully lead to some great stories. Luke’s cockiness was something that always crossed my mind at the end of New Hope. As a kid outside of the main part of the galaxy, he’d be full of himself going forward. One big battle, and he was the big hero. It’s a little character flaw that helps develop his training as a Jedi Knight. From all of these things, I see the true potential of this series. Star Wars could become the X-Men: Forever for this franchise of books.
There is a slight hiccup in Carlos D’Anda’s artwork. When Luke is rescuing an X-pilot, the pilot somewhat looks like Leia. But when we get back to the hangar, Leia walks up to the X-wing, and it’s a different person. D’Anda’s characters all have similar facial features, and can occasionally cause problems like this. It’s the only problem in an otherwise pristine issue. D’Anda fills every scene with minute details. The double page spread of the Death Star being build is astounding. I brought up a picture of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi, and D’Anda changes it every so slightly, to show that it isn’t at the level in that movie. It’s something you might not notice from the first read through, but made my jaw drop at the second. Gabe Eltaeb does a great job on colors. The books feels lived in, as if these people have been here for years. Coruscant is filled with lights that reflect of everything.
Star Wars gets 4.5/5.
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