Star Wars #3 Review

Can Marvel continue to ride the wave of success that they have so far? Or will this exceptional series start to show a weak point.

The official description from Marvel:

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES! The attack on Cymoon-1 comes crashing to an end! Will the Rebels overcome Vader to strike another blow against the Empire? And is Luke ready to be the Jedi Ben wanted him to be?

Star Wars #3 variantWe enter the third issue in Marvel‘s main Star Wars line, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the course of the last couple of months, it’s that this comic is awesome! Shattering my scepticism, and reaching beyond the boundaries I expected from a Star Wars comic, this series has strengthened the franchise tenfold, feeling like a worthy addition to the canon. That continues into this issue, as with the Rebels most recent battle against Darth Vader and the Empire reaching its climax, there’s a lot to be excited about.

Jason Aaron doesn’t just show a keen understanding of the Star Wars universe, but an imaginative way of expanding upon it. The way that he captures the character likeness, combined with the subtle references, has resulted in a breathtaking tale, which most Star Wars fans have 100% got behind. Despite all this, there was a nanoscopic part of this issue that frustrated me, and that was Luke worrying about disappointing his “father.” Yes, we all know who he really is, but the way that Aaron emphasises the fact that Luke doesn’t, really bugs me, with the overall choice of words downgrading the moment.

Just as Aaron continues to spin a fascinating yarn, John Cassaday continues to amaze with his phenomenal artwork, with the detail throughout being astonishing. Delivering explosive layouts, as well as an uncanny likeness to the characters from the films, Cassaday certainly allows for an immersive atmosphere, with there being a somewhat cinematic quality to proceedings. He also manages to deliver shocking action, and along with the intense character expressions it really helps convey the drama within. The colours of Laura Martin also once again impress, with the vibrant palette, and lively texture working wonderfully next to Cassaday’s art.

Star Wars continues to be a must read, as whether you’ve been a fan of the franchise for a long time, or just now getting introduced, this series will leave you longing for more. Having a dramatic tone, and exciting events, this third issue is more than entertaining, being a fitting continuation to A New Hope.

  • + Wonderful action.
  • + Fabulous expansion of the franchise.
  • + Magnificent artwork throughout.
  • - Some dialogue feels wrong.

S#!T Talking Central

  • Psycota

    Couldn’t agree more overall. I do like the internal monologue from Luke regarding his father, when moments before we saw each of them on the battlefield swinging their lightsabers at the machinery that offended them…mirrors of one another. Well done Marvel.

    • John McCubbin

      Yeah, the comparison is nice, but the way it was done felt too obvious and forced. As if fans didn’t know that Luke didn’t know. Bar that, there was very little to fault this book, and Marvel have definitely been on the ball.