Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Brian Wood’s ‘Star Wars’ title has, for the best part of a year, been one of the best comics hitting the stands. Having reached issue #10, it’s still going strong, but we could really do with picking up the pace a little bit.
Not that ‘Star Wars’ is slow or boring, but Wood has chosen to include quite a few characters in this title on a monthly basis, and he clearly has a lot of story to tell, so although the writing has been great thus far, fitting it all in is taking up a lot of pages.
Set after the events of Episode IV, the book is continuing to add depth to certain characters that they were not necessarily given in the films. Especially Leia, whose scenes with her fellow Alderaanian who actually created the Death Star laser are genuinely great storytelling, but by this point we are only just beginning to tie up minor events that began in the first couple of issues as the cast are given their fair share of panel time.
What pretty panels they are, though! Carlos D’Anda is perfect for the visual style of Star Wars, with his bigger panels and full-page scenes giving a real sense of scale to the book. As this series goes on, I really hope they stick with D’Anda long-term.
We read comics for great art and great stories, and ‘Star Wars’ delivers on both counts. Ten months in, it doesn’t feel like this title isreally getting us anywhere too quickly, but the force is still strong with this one.
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