Review: Star Wars #35

Star Wars #35 is the second of two issues featuring tales of the Star Wars underworld! Han and Chewie are sent on a musion to smuggle…for a Hutt?!

While I’ve always enjoyed bigger stories that tie into the greater Star Wars narrative, there’s something about self-contained ones that you can just sit back and enjoy without having to know a whole lot or be stuck into reading multiple issues. One-shots feel rare in today’s comic world and Star Wars #35 (as well as the previous issue) pull off exactly that in a way that’s satisfying for everyone.

Writer Jason Aaron does an amazing job of giving us two issues that we can enjoy on their own but at the same time have so much packed in that Star Wars fans will be satisfied with the small winks and nods. Here a certain Hutt (not Jabba) comes into play and it’s one that has dropped in and out of Marvel’s new Star Wars comics.

What Aaron does well is also give us twists and turns to the point we never really know what’s up Han’s sleeve until things are revealed. When the final things are in play and the “twist” is shown the story is even more enjoyably than its expected swagger and quips. The ending delivers and delivers in a great way.

That’s helped by the art of Salvador Larroca who nails it with the Star Wars world and gives Han his signature smirks throughout the issue. It’s not just what’s being said and the action but also the small details of the corner of his mouth or how his head is cocked. Larroca captures everything that made Harrison Ford’s performance great.

By the time I got to the end of the issue it’s clear we need more one-shots in comics that anyone can pick up and enjoy and anyone doesn’t need years of backstory to get the full story. This does that and includes so much for those who have stuck with it all. Aaron pulls off the impressive with that and shows why he’s one of the best writers in comics.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Salvador Larroca Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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