Raising the Stakes (Star Wars #59 Comic Review)

Credits:

Writer- Kieron Gillen

Artist- Angel Unzueta

Colorist- Guru-efx

Letterer- VC’s Claytons Cowles

Cover Artist- Jamal Campbell

Variant Cover Artists- John Tyler Christopher, Leinil Francis Yu, and Marte Gracia

Han, Luke, and Leia have escaped Imperial forces and taken refuge on Hubin.  The leader, Thane Markona, has allowed them to stay in his home.  However, tension is rising between our heroes and their benefactor.

 

Summary:

In the last issue Leia had been pulling away from the others while Luke was going stir-crazy.  Luke, in his desperation to get back to the Rebellion, built a transceiver and activated it.  He hoped to get word out to the rebels so that they could finally get off of Hubin.  Meanwhile, it turns out that Leia has been plotting revenge against Queen Trios, the person who betrayed our heroes.

 

Thoughts:

This issue was faster paced than the last few.  There was a lot more going on including the fallout from both Luke and Leia’s actions.  Even though there was a lot more going on, I wasn’t excited about it.  Honestly, a lot of this felt very petty.  Outside of a couple of scenes this felt a lot like a few petulant children just being mean to each other.  We’ve been building up to this conflict for a few issues now, so this conflict should feel more natural and like this is where the story was meant to go.  It doesn’t feel like that though.

I think that’s because in this issue we’re also introduced to a new set of antagonists.  These antagonists are more interesting and compelling than anything we’ve seen so far.  Their conflict with our heroes is also more interesting than the conflict that has been building between Luke and Markona.  The story has stakes and a momentum now that it has been seriously lacking.  I am suddenly very excited to see where this goes.  I also realize that all of that conflict earlier, that I thought felt petty, might feel that way because that wasn’t meant to be the climax of the story.  It was all just filler until we could get to this conflict.

It’s also entirely possible that I’m having trouble taking these conflicts seriously because the art doesn’t resonate with me on any level.  When I first picked up this series I really didn’t enjoy the art.  It’s grown on me enough that I don’t hate it, but it doesn’t really add to the story.  All of the characters seem to make the exact same face when they’re angry and they spend a lot of time angry in this issue.  At least we’re getting some intriguing antagonists.

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Sarah Bieniek

Sarah Bieniek

I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.
Summary
While I had problems with this issue I felt like it was an improvement over the last few. I am definitely excited to see where the story goes with the introduction of these new characters. Hopefully, it’s more exciting than what we’ve been getting.
Good
  • We’ve been introduced to some new and interesting antagonists
  • The story has picked up the pace
  • There are new characters that I’m actually interested to learn about
Bad
  • The tension feels contrived and unimportant
  • The art doesn’t have a lot of variation so emotions don’t read well
7
Good
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I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.

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