From the journals of Obi-Wan sprouts the story of “Yoda’s Secret War” as read by Luke Skywalker. This issue begins his quest on a mysterious planet ruled by wild children. Is it good?
Star Wars #27 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read the preview!
Why does this book matter?
Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca wowed with the last issue which set this story up well. Luke has some down time and we benefit as this issue delves into a lost Yoda story. If you’re a Yoda fan this is a no brainer. If you’re not, how about more myths and stories connected to the Jedi? I say yes!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Obi-Wan did a lot of chilling out and writing with his mind.
This issue opens well with a scene of Obi-Wan writing in his journal on Tatooine, cutting to Luke reading the journal, and finally segueing to Yoda as he encounters a direct threat. Luckily for Yoda, the threat is manageable and his understanding of why he was drawn to the planet is relatively explained. I say relatively because there’s a great mystery still to uncover, but it appears the planet has some secrets that connect directly to the Force. There isn’t quite enough information to understand what has happened, but Aaron sets things up with an interesting science fiction story that’s intriguing enough.
Much of this issue is about Yoda trying to understand what is going on with the people on this planet. Aaron gives us clues, but no real answers. That isn’t to say it isn’t interesting as the characters have a science fiction feel that’s intriguing. Think Lord of the Flies meets Mad Max meets the Force. The kids are dressed with warpaint and mohawks and later their rivals dressed even more savagely. They seem to have a special rock they’ve carved weapons from that may spell deep connections to the Force. Aaron draws you into this world and, hopefully, the promise of deep connections is made later.
Larroca (with colors by Edgar Delgado) renders these child warriors in great detail with clever design. The use of the mysterious blue stone is quite interesting due to the colors and the ways in which it’s been carved and used. It’s somewhat obvious Yoda’s face was taken from stills from the movie, but it only adds to the realism when he’s on the page. The skin color is particularly nice as it captures the variable nature of the green.
It can’t be perfect can it?
There are however, panels in which Yoda looks downright goofy or strange. In other cases, the lines of his face are starkly different from the colors, which makes him look as if he’s been traced over or his skin was literally drawn on. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but it takes you out of the story.
Speaking of the story, Aaron is certainly teasing the hell out of this to the point where you’ll be shouting “get on with it already.” Not enough is done to give the issue the punch it needs to sustain your entertainment. The details dropped are crumbs that don’t add up to much, leaving you scratching your head in confusion rather than contemplation.
Professional rock tosser.
Is It Good?
A mysterious discovery awaits Yoda in this flashback tale, however there’s very little in the way of detail to sustain your interest. There’s certainly the teasing of an idea that ties to the Force, but you could easily skip this issue to really find out next month.