Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait #1

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi dominating theaters this December, Marvel is releasing tie-ins over the next few months to expand upon the movie and all of the new characters and locations. First up, learn the secret of the mineral planet Crait! Long before it became a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa led the Rebellion there in search of a new home!

The world of Crait is an interesting one. Its salt fields hiding the blood red underneath presents a striking visual on the big screen. Along with a massive fortress, it’s a striking location that presents something new in the world of Star Wars. But, beyond it being an abandoned Rebel base, we don’t know much of this fortress and world. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait #1 promises to add depth, but beyond learning how the Rebels find it and a little more about the planet, we don’t get much.

Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker have opportunity to flesh out one of the mysteries of what will be one of the biggest films of the year. Instead, we’re left with even more unanswered questions and a story that straight up leaves us questioning why a Rebel base exists here. This is a one-shot adventure that just doesn’t deliver much of what’s promised. How did the base get built? When did the Rebels use it? Why did they abandon it? All of that is left open. Basically, we get how it was on their radar and that’s it.

The art by Marco Checchetto though is fantastic in that at times it perfectly captures the actors who embodied characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. While they may have aged in real life, here they’re ageless. The comic does lack in paying off on the red kicked up so interestingly in the films. Instead, its used sparingly as one of the more interesting aspects isn’t forefront and center.

The comic feels like opportunity lost. While the story has some interesting aspects, it doesn’t deliver enough to make the comic feel like it’s needed. Some mysteries are better left is what this comic teaches us. This is one of the few misses in Marvel’s entries into a world far, far, away.

Story: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker Art: Mike Mayhew Cover Art: Marco Checchetto
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 6.35 Recommendation: Pass

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