Star Wars #8

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Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

This series continues to amaze me. A common concern I've seen from some is this series being limited to the time period in between Episodes IV and V. Jason Aaron is having no problems whatsoever bringing the fun and excitement we crave to this book.

The characters we all love may be split up but that means we're getting two separate adventures in one. The first deals with the revelation from Han Solo's past concerning the new character, Sana, in issue #4. Since then, we've been left wondering about her claim to be Han's wife. As you can imagine, it creates a pretty awkward moment for Han (and Leia). We may not know a lot about Sana but she shows she is more than capable to stand up with or against the likes of Han. It's no secret there hasn't been too many female characters in the Star Wars universe with room to shine (and kick butt) and Sana gets to give us a glimpse of what's she's capable of. It should also be noted that Leia gets an opportunity as well.

The other half of the book deals with Luke Skywalker, trying to figure out how to continue his Jedi training. After his run in with Boba Fett at Obi-Wan's place on Tatooine (while temporarily blinded), he now figures he knows the next best place to get some answers--the old Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sounds like a great plan except because the planet is under control of the Galactic Empire, he can't simply fly down to the front steps in his X-Wing Fighter. This means Luke has to be a little creative and, of course, it leads to some other problems.

To top all this off, this issue also features the debut of Stuart Immonen as the interior artist. His recent work on ALL-NEW X-MEN made me a big fan and he does a fantastic job here along with Wade von Grawbadger on inks and Justin Ponsor on colors.

With the launch of this STAR WARS series, fans have been on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what will happen next. Jason Aaron has captured the vibe of the franchise and makes it feel like we're experience the adventures of the beloved characters for the first time once again. Just when we thought the series couldn't get any better, we finally get to see Stuart Immonen's amazing take on the characters. This book reminds us why it's a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

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#1 Posted by superhoodie (614 posts) - - Show Bio

The art of Immonen was spectacular.

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#3 Edited by srialchllr (10 posts) - - Show Bio

@airdave817: I agree, thou doubtful I could've been cool enough to coin it "space opera" - nice hustle

@superhoodie: yessssssssssss

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#4 Posted by Owie (7248 posts) - - Show Bio

I feel like this was the first Marvel Star Wars book to really, definitively work on both art and story. The dialog between Leia, Han, and Sana was smooth and in character. And the art was easily the best of any of the Star Wars books, most of which have been kind of wooden. Immonen was able to draw the characters' faces recognizably (unlike, say, the Leia comic) while not looking like a tracing of a photo (unlike, say, the previous Star Wars issues). It was totally solid, I hope they keep these guys together on this book.

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#5 Edited by KnightofSteel (369 posts) - - Show Bio

The highlight of this issue for me was the art. Immonen has nailed the likeness of the characters but not so much that things look wooden, he strikes a balance which comes across very well. I found the story in this issue fell a little short....can't quite put my finger on it, maybe a bit too decompressed, enjoyable issue but just lacking a bit.

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#6 Posted by kylemurdoch1990 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought this book was amazing. In my opinion this is the best book out right now. Honestly, comics have gotten a little predictable lately and this is very fresh. And the art was amazing!

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#7 Posted by phocracker (229 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, still feels chilche. Where's the original story? I enjoyed the light-hearted Han and his two gals scene, but Luke being jumped by bar-mob? Add some spice..Jason Aaron is great at taking known concepts and adding the book's speciality to that, as is most comic book writers. We need a Scott Snyder of Star Wars, not a SW Bendis.

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