Star Wars #10 | Writer: Brian Wood |Artist: Carlos D’Anda |Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics |Price: $2.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
One of the great many things about this Star Wars series is we get to see things that never unfolded in the films.
The loss of loved ones in the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of Alderaan drive Luke and Leia to defeat the Empire.
Yes, the princess was fighting the good fight long before we saw the famous yellow crawl for the first time, but the stakes are more personal for her as she comes face to face with the man responsible for the loss of her homeworld.
The finality of the moment provides a lot of clarity to the reader as well as for Leia.
We now know how strong she really is while she knows how powerful her resolve is in those all-important moments when the hard decisions need to be made and her reasoning is pure to the Rebel Alliance’s cause.
The Empire serves as some of the most popular villains in pop culture, but scary is not a word that is used to describe them. Carlos D’Anda’s depictions of several Imperial settings, such as a Tie Fighter hanger bay, made me concerned for Luke and Wedge’s safety.
Then I remembered, oh yeah, nothing happens to Luke and Wedge because I’ve seen Return of the Jedi. That is what makes this series an amazing pleasure to read. Even though you already know the outcome, the story is written, and the artwork is drawn in such a way that you forget everything you know and just focus on the here and now. Any series that can do that consistently is worthy of all accolades it can carry.