Story: Greg Pak
Art: Phil Noto
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
What They Say:
WOOKIEE VS. SITH! Our three stories converge as the rebels’ plan to destroy the Empire’s fleet come to a head! But can LUKE really trust the grifter WARBA CALIP? Can HAN, LEIA, and DAR CHAMPION survive a head-on battle with a STAR DESTROYER? And what happens when CHEWBACCA takes on LORD VADER himself in hand-to-hand combat? And the Rebellion’s search for a new home…a base safe from the reach of the Empire…begins.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The penultimate installment of this run before the new series kicks off has Greg Park tying all three of the storylines together so the Rebels can make their big move. There’ve been things I’ve enjoyed about this storyline from Pak but it’s been balanced by some really awkward material. On the plus side, Phil Noto’s artwork has been a lot of fun and it lead us to a scene where we get to see Chewie throw down with Darth Vader and how can you not love that. The book does nudge a few different things along overall and I’m hopeful that the next issue has a good epilogue phase to wrap up this era and set us to our post-Hoth period.
With the way the storylines come together it’s sort of that luck of the Force kind of things in order for it all to happen. You have Han, Leia, and Dar escaping in an unarmed shuttle as they dodge Imperials that are shooting them while trying to get in touch with the others. Threepio and Chewie are under Imperial control but are still on the communicator, which allows for Han to start formulating a plan with them – even knowing that Vader is there. And when Warba comes back for Luke, claiming it was for money more than anything else, Luke just gets a new vision of Han, chuckles, and moves along in the story with a new friend. Everything has worked out well with his trusting of Warba and now with his friends on the communicator he can finally put things right for the rest of the Rebels.
The idea of drawing the Imperials to K43 works well and that frees up the Rebels Luke’s with. And we see hoe the rock people on K43 are more than willing to work with Threepio to deal with the bombs that have been planted, something that they’ve dealt with before. It’s a nice moment of it all coming together and knocking everyone out as Han is winging his way toward them at the same time. The action elements are fun with the small fighter craft but it’s the time on K43 where you get Chewing going hand-to-hand with Vader that makes for the most fun. But even that’s fairly short overall. The book moves at a brisk pace but even as it wraps up some storyline material it feels a bit lighter and flouncier than it should.
The final arc for this Star Wars run didn’t have the meat on it to really work well for as many installments as it did, especially split up as it was. Pak had some good character moments but there was a lot that just didn’t click right in the end. Warba felt disconnected from everything, Dar fell into a similar pattern, and most of the core group were just going through the motions. Threepio kind of felt like the lead of the storyline overall and they were just dealing with rock creatures. Ah, well, the series is almost done and we’ll be moving onto new adventures soon enough.
Age Rating: All Ages
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: November 13th, 2019