Star Wars #2 Review

Is the force still strong within this series? Or was the opening issue a one hit wonder? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!

Star Wars #2 variantI have to admit, I was more than a little sceptical when I first heard that Marvel would once again be creating Star Wars comics (as I’m sure most fans were). That scepticism has however long vanished, as following the phenomenal opening issue, I have developed great faith in the force behind Marvel‘s creative teams. That faith has certainly been rewarded here, with the exciting follow-up action mesmerizing from start to finish, practically jumping off the page.

Jason Aaron has certainly proven to be a writer to watch, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect the sheer level of awesomeness that he delivered in the first issue. That sentiment definitely doesn’t follow into this issue, as though it’s not unusual to see a series drop in quality during it’s second issue, I had great faith that Aaron wouldn’t allow this. Once again capturing the personalities and traits of our beloved characters, Aaron only improves on the quality of the opening issue, with the exchange in dialogue between Luke and Vader being extremely gripping. He also manages to generate fantastic action, with the atmosphere being energetic throughout.

Having blown me away with the art he produced on the first issue, I was eager to see what John Cassaday had in store for us next. Not failing to impress, the artist once again delivers phenomenal work, with the energetic flow being exciting right from the start. The emotion on display also proves astonishing, as between the vengeful passion within Luke, and Han’s frustration, there is plenty of drama throughout. Even Vader manages to add some suspense, as despite his classic helmet blocking facial expressions, his body language more than makes up. The vivid colours of Laura Martin also manages to impress, with the tone matching the subject material perfectly.

Star Wars continues to be a must read for fans of the franchise, with the exciting action, and wonderful character likeness (both visually and scripted) astounding. The dramatic plot, and gripping exchange of dialogue also proves captivating, making this a comic well worth picking up.

  • + Luke and Vader square off in a gripping confrontation!
  • + Yet more astonishing art from John Cassaday.
  • + Captures the character's likeness and personalities perfectly.
  • + Thrilling plot.

S#!T Talking Central

  • frank

    >with the exchange in dialogue between Luke and Vader being extremely gripping.
    that is the one bit I did not like at all. It felt strange that Vader was asking Luke about the death-star pilot. Vader felt in #1 that the Pilot is on the moon from a far distance but does not recognize him when he is standing right next to him???

    The comic would be so much better without that dialoge … the rest is great!

    • John McCubbin

      Now you mention that, I am inclined to agree with you. I just found the entire issue gripping, with the tension between these two characters being very enticing.