Writer- Kieron Gillan
Artist- Angel Unzueta
Letterer- VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist- Jamal Campbell
Variant cover artist- John Tyler Christopher
After escaping from Imperial forces our intrepid heroes, Han, Luke and Leia, find themselves on an unfamiliar moon. They are rescued from some savage wildlife by the people who have made this moon their home.
We start the issue with Han, Luke, and Leia sitting in a really nice looking garden waiting for the head of the community to come talk to them. Han seems to be ambivalent about the whole thing, but Luke and Leia are pretty desperate to get back to the rebels. They are naturally suspicious of the man in charge and spend most of the issue trying to feel him out. Meanwhile Han is off being comic relief.
Luke is the one who ends up spending the most time with the leader, a man named Markona. He also appears to be the most suspicious of Markona’s motivations. He’s determined to get himself and his friends off the moon and away from Markona and his people, but getting off the moon won’t be easy.
There is a conversation between Luke and Markona that involved a line that seemed a little odd to me in the grand picture that is the Star Wars Franchise. In fact I ended up spending a lot of time overanalyzing that line. Which was pointless, because the line I fixated on is clearly not going to be the focus of this narrative. The focus of this narrative seems to be that actions speak louder than words.
Anything Markona says could be a lie. Even if he gave Luke the answers he wanted to hear it would be entirely possible that they would just be falsehoods he using to appease Luke. The only way that Luke is going to get a better understanding of Markona’s character is observing his actions.
Other than that though this particular issue feels like filler. It’s a transition from one part of the overall narrative to another and is honestly a little dull because of that. There is some intrigue to try and hook us into coming back for the next issue, but other than that this feels like a lot of exposition. With that out of the way through the next issue should be more engaging and we should get more of those actions we’re meant to be judging Markona on.
I’m honestly okay with the content of an issue being set up for a bigger storyline in an upcoming issue. It can be boring, but the payoff could be amazing. The biggest problem I have with this issue is actually the art. As we all know, Star Wars started as a live-action film series, meaning that Han, Luke, and Leia were originally portrayed by real-life people. The art in this book tries really hard to make the characters look like the original actors, which is actually kind of off-putting. For me, this crosses into the uncanny valley. They did a great job capturing the likenesses of the actors, but it’s off-putting.
The non-film characters look better, but there is still something… off about them.
The backgrounds and scenes are great though. The environments, the creatures, and all of the science fiction elements all look amazing both on their own and together. It’s just the human characters that feel out of place. Which is frustrating because the people are the focus of the story, not the setting.