Thursday, February 25, 2016

Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (graphic novel) - Paul's REVIEW

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Star Wars, Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon 
Author: Jason Aaron
Illustrators:  Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi
Recent Release Date: January 26, 2016

Synopsis: Injustice reigns on Tatooine as villainous scum run rampant. Will Ben Kenobi risk revealing himself to do what's right? Then, Luke continues his quest to learn about the Jedi by heading for the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Plus: Han & Leia are confronted by an unexpected foe from Han's past!



Review: This is the second volume in the ongoing Star Wars series from Marvel. The first issue collected in this volume is a tale from Obi-wan's journal. I love seeing what Kenobi was up to on Tatooine between Episode 3 and 4. 

The characters are written very well in this series. The banter between Han and Leia is on point. I also like seeing the naive Luke from A New Hope

One great thing about the new Marvel comics is how all things canon are referenced. Luke fights Magnaguards! The imagery blending the aesthetic of both trilogies is so cool. There are a lot of references in Grakkus the Hutt's collection. Oppo Rancisis, Shaak Ti, and Tera Sinube all cameo. There's even a jedi temple guard mask.

There were a lot of great original characters in this volume. My favorite was probably the Gamemaster. Grakkus was a very different type of hutt. There is a badass looking pirate/smuggler Gungan! Sana Solo added an interesting atmosphere to Han and Leia's mission, although Sana's story is a little too Firefly in my opinion.

I give this volume a 4/5. I will absolutely be continuing this series. The next volumes are in the Vader Down crossover event.


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