Ryan Thomason

From The Comic Hold: Star Wars #1

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The Death Star has been crippled and the Rebel Alliance is looking for a new home. Luke, Leia and Wedge are leading a secret excursion when a Star Destroyer jumps in out of nowhere and TIE Fighters immediately attack; so starts a new Star Wars series.

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Star Wars #1
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 9th, 2013
Price: $2.99

I wasn’t expecting this, maybe as a more casual fan of Star Wars that liked both the Original and Prequels I might have been walking into this with a low bar of expectations. Star Wars, especially anything dealing with the Original story-line is heavily scrutinized, not like, your doctor wants to check your prostate for cancer, but full body cavity search kind of scrutinization. Still, I’ve been reading some pretty bad comics based on great shows *cough* Star Trek *cough* and even though I knew Brian Wood was writing, still, could it hold up against a massive onslaught of hard core Star Wars Geeks?

It does.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say this. The artwork is solid, Carlos D’anda is a terrific artist, and it’s hard to bust his balls when he gets to draw people, places, and ships that we’ve all watched far too many times. The characters looked great, I liked his look of Chewbaca the best, but really, everyone loves Chewbaca. Brian Wood has started a great story, and well, I’ll say that Leia is a bit more badass than I remember her. Yes, she looked great in that slave girl costume, I think she looks better in her ass kicking…well, you’ll just have to see for yourself, won’t you?

Star Wars #1 is a comic you don’t want to pass up on if your a casual fan like me or a rabid fanboy like, well, you know who they are. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait for what Brian Wood has cooked up in the story for us.

Additional Thoughts from the WPR Staff

Evan Burkey, WPR Contributor

Set just after the Battle of Yavin, this comic features Wedge, Luke, and Leia searching for a new home after the destruction of the Death Star. This three part series focuses on them searching for a good place to put a base for the Rebellion before finding Hoth. I’m not normally one for expanded universe comics, but this issue was written very well and kept my interest from start to finish. I was also very impressed with the art, especially the scenes in space (D’anda draws a mean spaceship). The issue ends with an interesting setup, and is enough to keep readers wanting more. Overall, I’d say that In The Shadows Of Yavin is definitely worth a look for any hardcore Star Wars fan.

Ryan Wilson, Senior Editor

Star Wars #1 did something I never thought was possible anymore with the Star Wars franchise: it made me feel nostalgia. After years upon years of expanded universe, out-of-place CG characters, and questionable casting choices, this debut issue made me feel like a kid again. Now if only the Star Trek comic books could recapture this feeling. I look forward to every upcoming issue.

Check out the Issue: Dark Horse Digital

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