Luke Skywalker is coming fast to face with Yoda’s past after reading Obi-Wan’s journal. Can he face off against a Jedi (or maybe he’s Sith) even though Luke is barely trained at all? We review, but is it good?
Star Wars #30 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Check out the preview to find out more.
Why does this book matter?
Based on Jason Aaron liking our tweet connecting this story to Mouth Sorrow, we’re on good authority to believe Aaron is weaving classic Marvel Ewoks lore into the official canon of the Star Wars series. How is that not awesome?!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue intercuts Luke interacting with Yoda’s master (gasp he had a master!?) in an interesting way. The last issue left us wondering how Yoda could fight a literal mountain that was 80 stories high and Aaron and artist Salvador Larroca deliver. Deep down, this story is about how Jedi use the Force for good and what it takes to become one. There’s a lesson within which adds a nice wrinkle to Luke’s learning about being a Jedi.
The general story has a nice lore feel to it too. Aaron intercuts Yoda’s interactions with his captions which speak truth about what happened to the planet once populated with giants. By the end you get a sense that the Force is more spectacular than we even think and maybe long ago it had roots we may not be able to fathom.
Larroca continues to draw in a hyper realistic way with Yoda and Luke looking like spitting images of their movie selves. I really dig how he’s drawn these blue mountain creatures as they look organic, but also not. It’s believable that mountains can walk, which is no easy feat.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The resolution for Yoda is a hard fought one but for Luke it’s not the most satisfying. It’s your classic example of the villain coming to reason and doing the right thing. I didn’t believe enough was said or done to change the mind of the baddy, which ends up making his actions ring false. Without his hood on he’s somewhat silly looking too. It’s like a Rob Zombie iteration of a Sith (though I don’t think he is a Sith) and his floating shards of blue mountain rock aren’t that formidable looking either.
Is It Good?
Star Wars #30 brings a fine conclusion that has a message about what it means to fully become a Jedi. Fans of Luke Skywalker will want to read this as we witness a moment of learning for him before he ever meets with Yoda. Overall though, the story has been somewhat clunky which includes the resolution for Luke too.