I had a blast with the first issue of this series even though you could argue it exists as marketing for Disney’s new Star Wars land. Still, it featured familiar faces, good use of crosscutting between “now” and “then,” and there’s even a major alien appearance in baby form. Fun stuff and Will Sliney is doing a bang-up job drawing it. In issue #2, writer Ethan Sacks digs even deeper into Star Wars lore.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
I’m not spoiling a thing, because a major character pops up in this story that will get fans excited. This same character’s story arc ends about where we see him in A New Hope, connecting the dots similar to what Pak did with Leia’s issue which occurred right before Return of the Jedi. This character’s appearance is going to make a lot of Star Wars fans happy.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue opens with Ki-Adi-Mundi sweeping his lightsaber in battle only to be killed off due to Order 66. It’s a surprising sight to see prequel action, since Han Solo and Chewie were in the last issue. That’s the kind of storytelling you get however, when Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is the driving force of the story. He has many antiques with stories to go with them. This shop serves as a means to tell stories of the past, which Sacks and Sliney’s new characters are eavesdropping on. They’re looking for a specific relic so it makes sense for them to listen in. This leads to a second story involving a famous bounty hunter.
This issue has quite a cool heist involving bankers. Sacks uses the banker’s ability to do quick math for fun and yet insightful context as far as the bounty hunter’s chances. It’s a heist with layers and it plays out with a fun surprise ending.
I’d wager this issue is stronger than the last by Sliney, who is backed up by Dono Sanchez-Almara on colors and Travis Lanham on letters. It’s not so easy to make characters listening to something interesting and he does a good job with that. There’s a positively epic introduction of the bounty hunter mentioned in a hero’s pose that folks will love. There are also a bunch of familiar faces that look spot on from the original movies.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
The way the adventures come together are quite fun and it’s a great convention to use the shop as a means to tell stories, but the bigger story suffers because of it. These new characters continue to be kind of stand-ins until something actually happens.
Is it good?
Three stories come together nicely in this blast from the past Star Wars tale with plenty of surprises. There’s a key bounty hunter that literally steals the show and will have fans cheering.
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