Comic Review: Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes

24718416Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin

Published by Marvel Comics on October 6, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 160 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far — the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against Darth Vader and his evil master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes wrong, Han and Leia must think fast to make their escape — while Luke comes face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital — and dangerous — secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke? Plus: the menace of Boba Fett!

Collecting STAR WARS (2015) #1-6.

I have picked up a few single issues of Star Wars in the past but Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes is my first collected trade paperback. Starting up shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star, it drops my favorite characters into more dangerous missions then previously seen before. With surprising revelations, resistance fighting, and solid heart, Skywalker Strikes is just the beginning for Marvel.

Everything about this comic exuded the same feel of the movies! The action, the snarky banter, the dangerous peril, but it adds to the collective Star Wars narrative. We delve into more backstory, connected relationships, and personal struggles. It is an excellent way to fill in the blanks between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and it doesn’t feel forced.

Every single character came to life just as if I was watching them on screen. Han and Leia’s interaction was depicted so well especially when on their solo mission together. C-3P0 was at his finest trying to manage the Millenium Falcon and R2 is still there to save the day. Luke, reeling from the loss of Ben Kenobi seeks answers and struggles in his belief. Every issue was just so good!

If your a Star Wars fan you should definitely be reading all of Marvel’s adventures in a galaxy far far away. Skywalker Strikes is an excellent starting point bringing the whole gang back together and exploring their lives more in depth. The writing is excellent and the art superb. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment as well as all the other Star Wars titles Marvel’s publishing.

 

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