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Review: Star Wars #40

As Queen Trios’ forces move in to strip what’s left of Jedha, the Rebellion and the remaining Partisans struggle to save the planet for its survivors! The echoes of Rogue One continue to be heard through the Rebellion!

For the last few issues, Star Wars has focused on the fallout from Rogue One, an open ended question that’s not so open ended anymore. Writer Kieron Gillen brings his talents to the beloved universe and in his first arc he’s already putting his mark on things with issues and a story that honors the past and paves a new path.

Gillen is giving us some interesting stuff by bringing the Partisans. He not only explores the relationship between the Rebels and this more extreme organization but also uses the time on Jedha to flesh out Luke’s history with the Jedi and the Force. It’s a small addition to Star Wars lore but it feels like it can be an important one.

Gillen also uses some of what has been set up in other comics, particularly Queen Trios and the mining world explored there. It’s such a great addition to the Star Wars universe and peels back a layer of how the Empire is able to fuel such a massive war machine.

The art by Salvador Larroca is amazing as usual. There’s scenes that look like the actors from the films and the action is as tight as can be. This issue is full of action sequences as well as more subtle moments of the characters talking as they figure out what’s next. There’s a few panels that get you to step back and say “woah.”

The Star Wars comic line being put out by Marvel is some of the best there is with beautiful art and stories that expand on the universe as well as honor what’s happened elsewhere. This story arc is a prime example of that by picking up after Rogue One. It answers questions and introduces us to more of the world. It’s a perfect example of how to build on a world, especially one that’s been around for 40 years. This is a must for Star Wars fans.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Salvador Larroca Cover Art: David Marquez
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy