I’ve been a little quiet here lately, and I apologise for that. Work and money stuff, mostly – nothing bad, but I’m pretty broke at the moment, and as much as I love buying new comics to talk about, I couldn’t really justify doing it this month.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on revamping my other blog (more on that at a later date) and in doing so, stumbled upon two old breakdowns from before I revamped this site and thought, ‘hey, why not bring back some old content to fill the gap?’
So here we are, this week, here’s a look back at that time I looked at Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics, because I love me some Star Wars, and I hope you do too!
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: John Cassaday
WHAT’s THE STORY?
Skywalker Strikes picks up fairly soon after A New Hope, and follows our rebel heroes as they continue to strike out against the Empire in the wake of the Death Star’s destruction.
The comic book run is actually the second to come out of Marvel, as they initially made the comics way back in the seventies and eighties. The series ran for 103 issues, with three annuals, and was infamous for featuring Jaxxon, a giant green rabbit, as one of the primary characters.
Jaxxon was actually referenced on the variant cover for the first issue of this series, as Marvel pokes a bit of fun at their former editorial choices.
WHAT’s THE PLOT?
After their success in destroying the Death Star, Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie proceed to carry out hits on the Imperials, starting with the industrial world of Cymoon 1. But in true rebel fashion, things don’t go as planned, and Luke Skywalker is finally brought face to face with the menacing Darth Vader.
As the rebels struggle to pull off their destructive mission, Luke duels the Dark Lord of the Sith, setting up Luke to seek out more knowledge on the Jedi and Vader hunting the identity of this mysterious lightsaber wielding pilot…
IS IT ACCESSIBLE?
Literally the only required ‘reading’ for this comic-book is the original Star Wars movie, so you should be able to get into it pretty easily.
WHAT’s THE VERDICT?
It’s in keeping with the trend of current Star Wars films, in that it is extremely referential to the classic films. Dialogue and imagery both mirror scenes from the Original Trilogy, with moments that are sure to make you tingle with nostalgia.Although I imagine anyone who wants to pick up a copy would enjoy this, I think this comic, or the first arc, at least, is primarily aimed at big time Star Wars fans.
I can only imagine this is because Jason Aaron, the writer, is a pretty big Star Wars fan, and that’s something that really shows. A lot of the moments in this first arc read somewhat like fan speculation about what would be ‘cool’ to see.
Want to see Luke face off against Boba Fett? This book has that.
Want to see Luke and Vader’s first real lightsaber battle? This book has that.
Want to see Han piloting an AT-AT? This book has that as well.
What about Boba Fett actually being a badass, rather than the weird, somewhat useless character we saw on our screens? You guessed it. This book has that.
In fact, there are tons of great moments in this story. It’s a Star Wars fans dream. From the moment it opens with ‘A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…’, it feels less like you’re just reading a good comic book, and more like you’re watching a Star Wars film. A really good Star Wars film. One with all your favourite characters. Doing all your favourite things. Interacting with all the people you always wanted them too. Revealing secrets you never could have dreamed of.
The force is strong with this comic. And for that reason, I give it: