Written by Tim Midura
on Saturday, November 16 2013 and posted in Reviews
Han and Chewy finally find a way to rearm the rebellion.
We’re nearly a year into Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars, and Brian Wood is still firing on all cylinders. With Carlos D’Anda on art and Gabe Eltaeb on colors, Star Wars #11 is amazing; right off the bat, the first panel of the first page grabs you, with the sweat on Birra Seah’s face matching her uneasiness. Sean Cooke’s cover is a blend of grays and blues with reds and greens cutting through the darkness.
Col. Birner has commanded the Star Destroyer Devastator to open fire upon the Rebel fleet and launched all his TIE fighters. Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, while stowed away on TIE fighters of their own, have to avoid enemy and friendly fire alike to make it back to the Rebel fleet alive. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca have brought sanitation worker, Perla, along on their mission to rearm the Rebellion. She leads the pair to a weapons cache she has been stockpiling with Empire arms smuggled off Coruscant in garbage ships. The attack ends with a shock that I did not see coming, while Birra Seah disappears in the chaos of battle.
Wood gives each character his or her own voice, staying true to each original character. My favorite moments come from the exchanges between Han and Chewy where Han understands Chewy’s guttural sounds. Luke and Wedge’s friendship is showcased greatly here as they decide their best options to escape the Devastator. I felt the communication between Prithi, lain up in a hospital bed, and Luke, while in a dogfight, was oddly timed. As a pilot herself, she should know not to distract someone, especially by slicing into their comm systems.
D’Anda and Eltaeb’s space scenes are wide, leaving a starry emptiness of blues and blacks dotted with X-Wings and TIE fighters. D’anda’s detail work on the spaceships is incredible; the X-Wing on page 15 and the Death Star on page 23 are breathtaking. The last page’s splash of a commanding Darth Vader is transfixing, as it appears he’s about to walk right off the page.
This penultimate issue of the second story arc of Star Wars is packed with twists and turns. Han seems to have met his equal, Mon Mothma reveals a huge secret, and Darth Vader is about to bring the hammer down!
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