Review: Star Wars #42

The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

Star Wars #42 is part five of “The Ashes of Jedha” a follow up to Rogue One that has the Rebels and the Partisans teaming up to stop the mining operation by the Empire.

Writer Kieron Gillen really changes gears here in a lot of ways with the giving us some quieter moments of reflection. The plan is simple, take down weapons to get an attack force onto the Leviathan to destroy it. We’ve seen that before, it’s the usual Star Wars plot. But, what happens leading to the action is what’s interesting. Two characters are the focus, Han and Luke.

Han has to decide to step up or not and here we get to see him shift a bit from a smuggler and hired gun to a real leader. There’s the shifts in the film but that shift seems a bit sudden at times. Here we can see some growth and the logic of why he does it in this case. Over 40 years of material and Gillen gives us something that feels new.

What’s new too is Luke reflecting on his attack on the Death Star. Here he talks about the sacrifice the Rogue One mission made to get the information that allowed the Rebels to attack. He talks about the pressure and that if he’d known the big picture he might have taken a different route. Luke isn’t a strong character at this point and very unsure of himself but again we get a first of him acknowledging the events of the film. It helps ties things in even more so.

Gillen connects the dots and that becomes a big deal.

Artist Salvador Larroca continues to deliver. The characters look like the actors who have depicted them and the world looks like the destroyed world we’d expect. Larroca also is able to balance those quieter moments with the action. Those quieter moments are touching and the art is a big reason for that.

A solid comic that does a great job of moving the big story forward and adding depth to the Star Wars world. There’s dots connected in a way I haven’t seen before and Gillen continues to raise the importance of Rogue One. This is a pretty big issue for Star Wars fans and one that’s well worth getting.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Salvador Larroca Cover Art: David Marquez and Matthew Wilson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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