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Star Wars #49 Review

An excellent dog-fight in space issue.

“Mutiny on Mon Cala” ends this week as Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the robots attempt to escape a military blockade set by the Empire. Nothing they can’t handle, right? This issue also sets up the big 50th issue which is setting the stage for a major turn focusing on Leia.

So what’s it about?

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Why does this matter?

If you dig the spaceship dog-fights pitting X-Wings vs. TIE fighters you’ve come to the right place. This issue is all about the big battle in space and the strategy to escape the nearly indestructible grasp of the Empire.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Time to fight!

This issue gets at the action-packed core of what makes the space battles of Star Wars so fun. Salvador Larroca does an excellent job rendering the ships and the explosions and energy blasts all look spot on too. There’s dialogue that relates this battle to fighting in the ocean and battling against a tide and you get that vibe–only in space–here. The issue ends on a truly haunting note that Larroca hits right out of the park. If it doesn’t get you jazzed up for issue #50 I don’t know what will.

As far as characters are concerned General Ackbar gets a moment to shine in this issue. He employs a tactic that’s tragic, but it works and it leads to an impressive full-page splash that’s not unlike the awe-inducing crash in The Last Jedi.

Ackbar shines in this issue.

It can’t be perfect can it?

There’s a value gain from the heroes by the end of the story, but much like the last issue this arc hasn’t meant all that much. This issue, for instance, doesn’t require you read any of the previous issues in the arc. It’s a good space fight sequence that didn’t require the heroes doing a thing on Mon Cala and instead all you need to know is the Mon Calamari are involved. That extends to the heroes themselves who don’t have much to do or say that’s important or special. They’re all there, but it could have been anybody flying the ships and shooting back at the TIE fighters.

Is it good?

A good issue in an arc that has been varying levels of quality from average to great. This issue serves as a great dog-fight in space with sharp visuals. It also sets up the 50th issue well. Make no mistake, the arc has just been okay, but this issue is a fantastic one-shot style if casual fans want to jump on here.

Star Wars #49
Is it good?
A great action-packed issue with space battles and close calls. It's an okay ending to the arc, but new reader friendly because of that.
Excellent space dog-fights
Ackbar gets to shine
Sets up the next issue with a haunting full page splash
As the arc stands you didn't need to read a single previous issue to enjoy this one
The main heroes almost don't need to be in this one, never doing anything particularly heroic or saying anything that matters to the battle
8.5
Great
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