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Star Wars #2 - In the Shadow of Yavin, Part 2 Review

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Princess Leia is directed to go on a secret spy mission? Han Solo's about to get into trouble? Sounds like a great time.

The Good

From the opening pages, I'm immediately filled with surprise over how much I love this comic. Like many, I'm a huge fan of Star Wars. The comics have sometimes been a let down. Having a series take place within the original trilogies' timeline is completely fascinating. There was a bit of time that transpired between Episode IV and Episode V. There may be some limitations as to how much could actually happen but you do not get that feel.

Of course if you throw in Boba Fett going after Han Solo, I am completely sold.

But it's something like Boba Fett vs. Han Solo that could easily be used to get the fanboys excited. That's not what is happening here. You can feel that Boba Fett's appearance here makes sense and is not used to spice up the story.

Seeing Leia in a role to try to figure out her secret mission is a side of her we don't usually see. We know she's a great leader and speaker (in the Senate) but so far in this series we're seeing how truly strong of a character she can and should be. What I find absolutely fascinating is the idea of seeing how Leia will react over the loss of her entire homeworld. In the movies, there was never really the time to see her deal with the loss of everything and everyone she's known. It feels like there is an untapped goldmine here. Luckily for all involved, her Jedi abilities were not developed otherwise there could be the possibility of it leading to anger and hatred and you know the rest.

As Leia goes about her secret mission, we get introduced to several new characters. How they'll interact with the ones we know is going to be fun to watch.

The Bad

The art is really great and the ships and items look like they should. There's the same minor problem I had in the first issue where Leia looks a little different than she should.

It's good to mix up the pacing of the story but Han's portion feels separate from Luke and Leia's part of the story. When the story switches scenes it's a tiny bit jarring.

The Verdict

This is a comic that really makes me happy. As a big Star Wars fan, I love reading new stories. With the comics, it's sometimes a mixed bag in terms of the quality of the story and art. This series is refreshing and brings back the hope that we can get really really good Star Wars comics. Brian Wood must truly be a big fan. You can feel the finesse he has when it comes to depicting the characters in the script. They don't appear to be mere carbon copies from the movies. They are allowed to grow a little given the new and different situations they're in. The art by Carlos D'Anda is amazing. I've seen too many Star Wars and sci-fi comics that have made me cringe.

As a big Star Wars fan, I highly recommend this series. Find the first issue and gobble both of these up.

18 Comments
Posted by CircularLogic

This book reminds me of how much I love Star Wars. Hey Disney, let Brian Wood write the screen play!

Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

yes, this book brought me back to star wars. i love the new series.

Posted by agonzo1

They really get the mood right, all that's missing is some John Williams score in the background.

Posted by KnightofSteel

Yup like you said G-man, Brian Wood definitely has his finger on the pulse of these characters. Another outstanding issue!

Posted by SavageDragon

I need to read this.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I couldnt find this anywhere on ebay! Im gonna have to venture down into my LCS

Edited by KnightRise

Good book, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

Edited by Mucklefluga

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Posted by KnightRise

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

Posted by Mucklefluga

@KnightRise said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

So is the digital copy out this week and the physical next week?

Posted by inferiorego

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

So is the digital copy out this week and the physical next week?

I have a physical copy.

Staff
Posted by KnightRise

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

So is the digital copy out this week and the physical next week?

I have a physical copy.

Sorcery.

Posted by inferiorego

@KnightRise said:

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

So is the digital copy out this week and the physical next week?

I have a physical copy.

Sorcery.

I also physically bought it, so there's not time travel hocus pocus involved.

Staff
Posted by Mucklefluga

@inferiorego said:

@KnightRise said:

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@KnightRise said:

Goodbook, but Luke did not look like Luke.

@Mucklefluga: I buy it digitally from darkhorse.com

OK so i messaged my ebay shop comic sellers and i asked them if Star Wars 2 was sold out or if not when were they gonna list it. They replied saying it comes out next week? Daaa fuuuuqqqqqq??

Yeh I was going to mention that but I thought I was wrong. On the website it says pre-order print or buy digitally, I just figured I read it worng

So is the digital copy out this week and the physical next week?

I have a physical copy.

Sorcery.

I also physically bought it, so there's not time travel hocus pocus involved.

Psh you probably drew it out on paper after reading a digital copy ;)

Posted by Trodorne

Placing all bets, that the spy is the pilot from Alderaan. Damn those handsome evil bastards.

Posted by Xwraith

@Trodorne: Judging from the book itself, it's either him or the Chalactan.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Great read. The scene with Leia watching the Alderaan tourist holograms was quite moving. The new black X-wings looked badass! Surprised how much I like this comic considering I'm only a casual Star Wars fan.

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Posted by AdmiralPetty

I am enjoying this series as well, but I am surprised that everyone is acting like it is the first series set during the original trilogy. Empire which ran for 40 issues, followed by Rebellion that ran for 16 issues were both set just before and just after A New Hope, and quite a few of the stories, as well as the artwork were great(especially the story detailing Biggs Darklighter's defection to the Rebel Alliance). Granted there were some less than stellar storylines once in a while, but I predict that for most any series that is long running.

This series does make me somewhat sad to see Star Wars leaving Dark Horse though :(