Written by Tim Midura
on Thursday, December 05 2013 and posted in Reviews
What's up with Luke Skywalker on a chocobo?
Finally, in The Star Wars #4 - scripted by J.W. Rinzler, drawn by Mike Mayhew, with colors by Rain Beredo - we’re introduced to the giant, green alien known as Han Solo. Nick Runge’s cover is delightful as it shows Annikin Starkiller and Luke Skywalker charging into battle on what appears to be an ostrich/chocobo hybrid.
Continuing their escape, Annikin and Luke, with C3P0 and R2D2 in tow, are confronted by a stormtrooper patrol on their way to the Gordon spaceport. At the spaceport, they meet with Han Solo, who brings them to Kane Starkiller to discuss plans for the Rebellion. When they find they’re short on a power unit to put Princess Leia Organa’s twin brothers into suspended animation, a Jedi has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Although with a slight variation, J.W. Rinzler gets to write one of my favorite scenes, where Annikin and Luke are confronted by two wanted men in the spaceport who don’t like them. The reunion between Annikin and Kane was heartfelt, though I found it odd that Kane referred to Annikin as “my oldest boy,” given the recent death of his other son, Deak. The stormtroopers’ shock at the Jedi revealing themselves was awesome as one says, “But they said the Jedi were ex-.”
Mike Mayhew’s art is great; he really is knocking it out of the park with the facial expressions, with Annikin’s joy or Luke’s bitchface at the meeting. Mayhew also excels at drawing aliens, as the spaceport is filled with some of the oddest creatures I’ve seen. The background panel of the droids playing chess with the twins is adorable. Rain Beredo’s color choices are wise as his muted neutral tones are cut by the bright neon colors of the Jedi’s lightsabers.
I was confused by what Darth Vader is up to. He makes the statement that he needs to get to the Gordon spaceport before Starkiller and Skywalker, but in the next shot he’s torturing prisoners. I didn’t understand what he was doing to stop them.
That aside, this was a fine issue. Reaching the middle point of the series, don’t trade wait on this as the Rebellion gets its ducks in a row to take down the Empire and the Death Star!
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