Review: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #1

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #1

Black Spire Outpost has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants and travelers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market – or experience the exotic thrills only the remote world of Batuu has to offer. Beings like the infamous Dok-Ondar, a proprietor of rare and one-of-a-kind antiquities, thrive on the unique opportunities which abound on the lawless outpost at the very edge of Wild Space! But the evil First Order has come to Batuu and the survival of the entire outpost is at stake! The road to Black Spire’s possible salvation might begin in the past…with a job Han Solo and his partner Chewbacca pulled for Dok-Ondar.

When I heard Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was a tie-in to the upcoming theme park I honestly didn’t have much hope or expectations. Such tie-ins have been entertaining and cute but few really stand out as interesting or vital. When it comes to it being a Star Wars comic, the standard is a bit higher due to Marvel’s pedigree with their line.

Written by Ethan Sacks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #1 is an entertaining comic introducing us to a new setting and new set of characters who we’ll set upon this adventure with. The point and focus on the comic is a bit unclear to start though as we’re told of a heist in the past pulled off by Han Solo and Chewbacca. The point isn’t quite clear in what that has to do with the present situation but by issue’s end we’re off in the direction of the main focus of it all. That should be entertaining but it’ll be another issue before things really get rolling.

What Sacks, along with artist Will Sliney, colorist Dono Sánchez-Almara and letterer Travis Lanham have put together is a new chapter in the Star Wars myth. New characters. New location. Some interesting twists that expand upon what we know. This first issue is a fun exploration of it all though lacks a depth to really make things interesting. The look of the characters, the story told, the personalities, it feels all very amusement park which makes sense based on the origin of the series. There’s something very non-offensive about it as though every detail is thought through as to what might make the next ride interesting and popular.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #1 is an interesting debut but on its own it’s rather forgetable as is. Maybe as the series progresses there’ll be more there to truly make it interesting but beyond new characters there’s little to hook long time Star Wars fans or comic readers.

Story: Ethan Sacks Art: Will Sliney
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara with Protobunker
Lettering: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review