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Review – Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1Brian Wood is one of my favorite writers. Star Wars, I’m a fan, though not a die hard one. Combining the two together, I couldn’t get giddier. So I dove into Dark Horse‘s new series Star Wars #1 expecting to be blown away. That didn’t quite happen, but the new series started off solidly.

Instead of being bogged down by tons of history and cannon, this is a new series with an all new direction. Think what J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek. This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! The series starts during those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen!

That’s right, forget the sequels, forget the prequels, this new series takes place after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. We might see some familiar faces, but Wood is free from his shackles to go in any direction he wants.

And right away he goes to that placing Leia into the cockpit of an X-Wing as she, Luke and Wedge head out on a scouting mission to find a place for the Rebel’s to build their new place. But, clearly something is up and there might be a traitor in the Rebel’s camp. But, lets circle back. Yes, Wood is writing Leia as a bad ass instead of the somewhat passive character she is in the movies. A nice change, one I’m sure to piss off fans.

The series is familiar but new and exciting and it should be fun to see where Wood takes us from here. The story and the writing isn’t quite up to Wood’s normal quality though. There’s a lot of explanation as to what’s going on, but that’s clearly there for new readers who might not be familiar with Star Wars. There’s a bit too much of this though. I’m coming from someone who knows the series, but maybe it was helpful for new readers. It was definitely different for a Wood comic.

Overall, a pretty solid start. It didn’t knock it out of the park like I expected, but you better believe I’m lined up to check out the second issue.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Carlos D’Anda Cover: Alex Ross

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review