Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a tantalizing prospect for fans of the movies hoping to go to Disney’s new attraction. This series offers a glimpse at the park most of us are dying to go to. The location, Black Spire Outpost, is the same one we’ll all get to walk around come May 31st when the park opens. For both fans who will attend and those who can’t, this is a great way to experience the park in a different light.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This tale also involves a key flashback to a Han and Chewie adventure and reveals new details about a very important alien that appeared in Return of the Jedi.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Writer Ethan Sacks does a great job with this issue, pacing things out so that it cuts naturally to the present and to the past. It opens with a mysterious bounty hunter type walking around Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, effectively giving readers a mini-tour of the area. There are also interesting faces, droids, and other sights to see, most of which will most likely pop up when folks visit Disneyland. The story involves a highly touted trader who has an interesting tie to the past, making the flashbacks involving Han Solo and Chewbacca make sense.
The book never gives readers a strong sense of when things are occurring aside from the “now” taking place with the First Order operating and the “then” most likely occurring after Return of the Jedi. Given how young Han looks, it’s likely then. Another hint is an alien race that pops up that I won’t spoil. Let’s just say we see a version of this alien we’ve never seen before that’s equally gross, scary, and interesting. There is also a great cliffhanger that’ll have you on the edge of your seat.
If you’ve peeped any of the official photos of Black Spire Outpost, or any of the preliminary art, you’ll note artist Will Sliney has done a great job depicting the area. Thankfully Han isn’t photorealistic but instead looks the part so he’s not creepy looking. Han and Chewie are expressive, have the attitude we’ve come to expect, and get fun moments to shine too.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
It’s hard to read this and not think of the park and how that changes the feel of the story. If the park didn’t exist would this story stand up as well? I’m not so sure, as much of your interest is based on the tantalizing details we might glean from this story. The main characters introduced at the start of this story are very much still a mystery, serving as a good cliffhanger, but never getting much time to shine.
Is it good?
As a Star Wars story, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge captures the fun action, peculiar world and characters very well.
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