Dawn of a new Star Wars era.
Here it is, folks. The first issue of Star Wars comic released by Marvel Comics. Dark Horse has been publishing some really decent Star Wars comics, so Marvel has some really high ladders to climb. Turns out, Marvel does a great job with the first issue, and if the rest of the series is anything like the first issue, we have nothing to worry about.
The story takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It’s an obvious choice for writers to pick this era, as there’s a long three years between the two movies, and a lot of things can happen. Not to mention this is the time where Leia and Han Solo first starting to have feelings for each others, and Luke is only starting to learn how to use Force. However, the decision can be a little confusing, as Dark Horse’s most recent Star Wars comic also takes place during this time period as well.
The first issue springs us right into the middle of the mission from our main characters. This is great, as it reads like an actual Star Wars movie. Everything in the book, especially the characters, captures perfectly how a Star Wars book should read. There are things here and there feel like fan services, but they don’t feel force at all. I especially love the “These aren’t the slaves you’re looking for” joke. A great touch.
The art is great too. I especially love how artist John Cassaday captures the likeliness of the original actors. Even though the looks can be a bit off from time to time, but it doesn’t affect the overall enjoyment.
Marvel’s Star Wars comic starts off strong, and it reads like an adventure from the original movie. Nothing new to the Star Wars franchise, but a continuation of adventures of our beloved characters. The book is a fast read, and it has me excited for the possibilities right away.