The journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi are explored further this week, which seems fitting to slow things down a bit since Luke, Han, Chewie, and Leia just stole a freaking Star Destroyer. These stories fill in gaps and allow the creators to reveal secrets, which sounds all well and good, but is it good?
Star Wars #26 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Check out our preview to see more.
Jason Aaron has delivered action that’s in the same vein as in the movies, captured the voices of all the characters, and generally made this a fun series. Since these stories are in canon it’s also a must read if you’re a Star Wars fanatic. Add in the fact that Yoda makes an appearance here and it’s hard to deny this is a must read.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Luke looks spot on.
This issue opens where the story left off, reminding us C-3PO is captured and needs rescuing. Sadly our heroes decide not to save the jerk, but R2 does! It’s an exciting moment, partly because we’ve never see R2 do what he does, but it reminds us there’s an immediate problem that needs a resolution. Aaron then cuts to Obi-Wan’s journal, which in turn enhances your interest. The story then cuts to the past, pre Anakin days, incorporates some characters you’ll recognize, and allows Yoda to kick some ass too.
Salvador Larroca simply kills it on art in this issue. Yoda looks fantastic with a lot of detail and good texture to his skin. Han looks exactly like Harrison Ford, and Luke like Mark Hamill. I was blown away by Edgar Delgado’s colors which makes their skin look realistic too. A sweet double page spread shows off the Rebel Alliance fleet and new aliens (at least I think they’re new) look pretty damn cool too. There’s no complaints as far as art goes–it’s all very good and blends the lines of comics and movies.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Like many good first issues, the story sets things up well, but the story doesn’t progress very far at all, thanks in some part to the check-in with the characters before we delve into Yoda’s story which runs a good nine pages. The issue is extra sized, but with a third devoted to a check-in that’s time spent on progressing Yoda’s adventure! These scenes are entertaining enough, but I’d have liked to see more progress with Yoda’s story.
Time to throw down.
Is It Good?
If you dig Yoda this is a no brainer must buy. The art is fantastic throughout the issue and possibly some of Larroca’s best work to date.