Star Wars #1 Review (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Review Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
With a new era of Star Wars about to begin, Dark Horse Comics and writer Brian Wood (DMZ) are taking us back to the beginning. The new comic, simply titled, Star Wars, takes us back just months after the Rebellion’s victory at Yavin 4. The Rebellion is on the hunt for a new base of operations. The problem they are now facing is that with such a decisive victory, the Empire has tightened its grip and no one will help the Rebels. Our story opens with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Wedge Antilles searching the Outer Rim for a new location.
I have read Star Wars comics all my life, from their early inception at Marvel to their rebirth at Dark Horse. I have read all the Marvel Star Wars comics that were collected in trade a few years ago. Those stories are where I feel most die hard Star Wars readers think they’ll have to tip toe around. I have to ask, why? What Brian Wood will attempt to do here is spin new stories in that classic universe that so many of us day dreamed about as children. Wood has plenty of help as Carlos D’Anda and Gabe Eltaeb quickly erase those muddy panels from the Marvel days with subtle pencils and colors that breath life into these characters we consider family.
It was all those old stories that quickly came rushing back with each development of Wood’s tale. I kept waiting for the big moment to happen. It was a huge breath of fresh air that the Princess did not crash on the planet, nor was she taken hostage. In fact, the story was just a refresher of the raw feelings and emotions we never got to see our characters have. With Luke trying to wrap his head around all the death he has witnessed, will he find the peace and balance Obi-Wan spoke of? Leia has no time to grieve for the entire world she lost as she has become the symbol of the Rebellion- a symbol that might have just become a target if Wood’s developing plot goes where I think it will.
What of our favorite scoundrel? Han Solo and Chewbacca are given a few panels, but their story is one that will apparently take place in another issue. The development is that Chewbacca wants to know why they are hanging around. Perhaps Han may have something worth fighting for and it just isn’t the love of a certain princess.
No Star Wars story is complete without a look at what the Sith are up to. Here, we find Lord Vader removed from his Star Destroyer and told that he must redeem himself. What I also found both refreshing and amusing was the Emperor breaking down the Death Star’s destruction in terms of money. It must have cost them a pretty penny when that space station blew up. Let us not forget all the men and ships they lost, as well; a fact that Mon Mothma was also keen to point out in this issue.
Wood spun a decent tale and got me hooked for issue 2. Like I stated before, I have read Star Wars comics all my life. My favorites have been Shadows of the Empire, the adaptation of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and the Star Wars Tales anthologies. We’ll see how this one measures up to the rest from that galaxy far, far away.
Mania Grade: B+
Title: Star Wars
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D Anda
Colors: Game Eltaeb
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover: Alex Ross
Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $2.99 (with a free digital download)