If you ask me, the “Age of Rebellion” one-shot stories are some of the best single-issue Star Wars stories in some time. Greg Pak has told uniquely different tales focusing on a single character in each so very well. It’s as if he wrote mini-thesis papers on each character with these books and the editors realized how great he was and used their decision to give him the main Star Wars title. The hits keep coming this week, where the focus is Jabba the Hutt.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
This issue title is “Great to be Jabba” and, as we know from the movies, the alien gangster really was king up until Leia ousted him. This story features Jabba, of course, but also other familiar faces.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Ultimately this issue is about how dumb-smart Jabba is at being a gangster. It opens with super-rich folks enjoying a drink and then cutting to Jabba’s palace where we learn he’s quite good at trading the stuff. His words set in motion a series of events, seemingly proving his lazy utterances can, in fact, be a stroke of genius. His familiar minions are all great in this too which includes Boba Fett.
The ending is quite fun and reveals how wreckless Jabba can be with the things he wants. He’s so filthy rich and nothing really matters to him. There is a heist feel to the book too, with multiple parties culminating at one point which leads to a great twist.
The art is by a whole bunch of folks, including Marco Turini, Roland Boschi, and Emilio Laiso with colors by Andres Mossa, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Neeraj Menon. I can’t really tell who did what, but it’s clear the Jabba scenes were by a single artist with great use of detail. Whoever drew these scenes also did a great job capturing the gross and comical nature of Jabba.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
My only negative would be Jabba isn’t in the story quite enough. After he sets in motion the actions of others, the story cuts away to those results over 10 pages.
Is it good?
I had a great time with this one-shot and if you like a good caper, I think you will too. Jabba the Hutt is considered one of the most dangerous gangsters in the galaxy and this is good proof of that.