Star Wars #3

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Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

This is Star Wars taken to a new level. There's a strange and fascinating feeling when reading one of Jason Aaron's STAR WARS issues. With this being the third issue, we already know he's managed to nicely capture the essence of the familiar characters. He has their voices down and it really feels like a natural progression following the events of Episode IV. What's different is you can tell the action has been amped up a little beyond what we see in the Star Wars films.

From the opening page, you can see how the stakes have been raised. We could never have had action like this in the original movies and it's such a sweet feeling seeing it here. At the same time, it doesn't feel like it's taking things too far or out of the realm for the characters and franchise. Seeing Chewbacca in action or Vader go up against a certain vehicle, it's all pretty glorious to see.

John Cassaday has been doing a great job on the book. I do feel he's really finding his groove here. Han and Leia really look great. In some ways, seeing some of the poor characters are getting shot on the first page was a little jarring. But it adds to the intensity of the action and story.

And I loved that last page.

The Bad

It might be a minor thing to some but one transition between scenes towards the end left me scratching my head a little. One character's fate seemed questionable but then we find out everything is fine. It ended up momentarily pulling me out of the story and I had to go back to make sure I didn't skip a page.

If the Rebels were attacking the Empire's "largest weapons factory in the galaxy," it seems like there would have been more defenses in place. Yes, our small band of heroes is highly skilled and extremely lucky but it almost felt too easy.

The Verdict

The Force is strong in Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This STAR WARS series feels like a natural and upgraded continuation of the first Star Wars film we saw. Aaron is doing a fantastic job capturing the feel and voices. John Cassaday keeps getting better with each issue. The action is being amped up and it's becoming so easy to get excited for Star Wars all over again.

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#1 Posted by JackJack390 (1604 posts) - - Show Bio


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#2 Posted by hybrid269 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Fir..... oh, damn. Now what am I supposed to do with me life?!?

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#3 Posted by KerriganKlassics (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I too was confused by the transition between scenes where one character's fate was left unknown, and also had to flip back to make sure I didn't miss something. For such a great, almost cinematic reading experience so far, it was annoying to be removed from it to make sure the plot points added up....

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#4 Posted by Kgphil01 (57 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea I agree 100% on the fate of a certain character, i had no idea what had happened and then all of a sudden they were perfectly fine!? Also was a bit confused by the last two pages. Thought I had missed a panel or page that transitioned im back to the two men dumping a body, didn't really get that. But this was another fantastic issue and it really does just feel like watching an extended version of a new hope which is amazing!

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#5 Posted by DrellAssassin (1028 posts) - - Show Bio

4 stars Tony? Pshhh!

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#6 Posted by Armaghetto (113 posts) - - Show Bio

I would say 3 stars, but totally agree with the part that left you scratching your head too. I had to turn back a couple of times to see what I missed. Stupid Marvel...

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#7 Posted by EverybodyHatesChris (42 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man I enjoyed the movies and I would not have said I was a BIG fan(lol) but I started reading this series and I am enjoying the tone and the cinematic feel. I agree that I had to turn back the page twice to make sure I didn't miss how this person's life was saved. If putting that transition may have seem minor on a page I would have welcomed it because it is really needed. I enjoyed it overall. Also Vader is a badass.

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#8 Edited by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

One character's fate seemed questionable but then we find out everything is fine. It ended up momentarily pulling me out of the story and I had to go back to make sure I didn't skip a page.

Yep, me too. I don't want to focus too much on that one thing, but I'm glad you pointed it out in your review. Otherwise, it was a good issue and great follow up to how things were left in the last one. Lots of action and adventure right from the get go with this series so far.

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