I realize that I have yet to talk about the recent Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, so I will be addressing some of that topic in this review of the new comic simple titled Star Wars. There are long been Star Wars comics, but this is first time I was even vaguely excited by one. Until know they all dealt with characters I didn’t know or time periods that were way off from what I knew and loved. This time it’s different, this time were are in 0 ABY. To take that out of nerdy, right after A New Hope takes place.
This comic is not really a story in and of itself, it feels much more like a prologue to what could be a decent tale. We start with Luke, Leia and Wedge going out and trying to find a new base for the rebellion, they got shot down by Imperials, meanwhile Darth Vader is sent off on some mission. Nothing really great or interesting happens, until the end that is. Mon Mothma decides to call Leia in and tell her there is a spy on in the Rebellion. This gives me hope for better issues in the coming months.
I don’t know if other people have this problem but the cool thing about Leia is not that she is an action hero but that she is competent political leader. This comic decides she is going to more of an action hero and the end suggests she is going to be a spy not a political leader like she was before the destruction of Alderaan. The strong action hero is a trope that is played out too much. I would love to see a Leia heavy that focuses on treaty negotiation and have the other characters like Luke and Han focus on espionage. I would like a see a good space political drama somewhere at this point, TV has failed me, anime has failed me in recent year, I look to you comics to do this.
I said I would give a few words on the state of Star Wars as I see it. This is of course of comic from a franchise that is now owned by the same people who own Marvel. I don’t know how many more Dark Horse Star Wars titles we will see. That being said (and keeping in mind that Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG is taking place in the same period) I think there might be some guiding hand pushing works toward the time period that made many of us fans. I think that for those two media but any new films cannot be treading the same ground those have to go new places with new characters, or else it will just be a celebration of us, not a welcoming party for the newest class of Star Wars fans like it should be.