Marvel’s Star Wars is one of the best selling comics since the Chromium Cover Age, but is it any good?
Short answer, Oh Hell Yes.
Long answer: Staring with a version of the opening to set the tone, this is a comic that is preoccupied with Getting It Right. Set right after Star Wars and before Empire, it shows Luke, Han, Leia and the rest on a mission to shut down an Empire Weapons manufacturing plant, and much like the mission to rescue Leia in Star Wars, things go off the rails and whatever planning was put together falls apart entertainingly. The original trilogy of Star Wars had a great mix of humor and action, and this comic does as well. Story wise, this was a good start.
And while people may disagree with me, I think NOT continuing the Extended Universe was a good choice. I had drifted away from the Star Wars comics and books quite a while ago, simply because they didn’t feel like they connected to the movies any more. None of the characters we knew and loved were in them, you had to know what order to read things in (and it was NOT the order in which things were published) and when my entertainment becomes work, I move on to other entertainment. This comic only asked that you had seen the movies, and that is what a tie-in should be.
John Cassaday’s art was spot on – photo realistic and really nailed the look of the first movie in detail. Sometimes I find his work a little too stiff for a super-hero comic, but his stuff is just perfect here.
Marvel’s got a success on their hands. I just hope they don’t succumb to the Media Tie-In curse of a huge splash to start, and then a slow fade to where it feels like an after thought.