Review – The Star Wars #4 (Dark Horse)

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Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: J.W. Rinzler
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Release Date: 4th December 2013

If there is one thing to be said about George Lucas’s original draft, it’s that Luke Skywalker definitely kicks a lot more ass than he did in the movies. Of course, this is a very different Luke Skywalker than the version we saw in Episode IV, and he is very much the one who keeps things going as we reach this series’ mid-point, with the Jedi General taking the lead in a battle with yet more sand troopers in the books’ opening scene.

Issue #4 continues to deliver fan service throughout with familiar snippets of script, Han Solo is finally introduced (looking suspiciously like Swamp Thing), and in a variation of the much loved the Mos Eisley Cantina scene, Skywalker is the one dishing out the damage with a lightsaber. it actually gives this version of the character a lot more gravitas than his ageing guide Obi Wan Kenobi had in the films, and it’s one of the few things The Star Wars does better than the final script.

Ultimately this issue starts to cram too many characters in towards the end, and it starts to feel like many of them are surplus to requirements, which may explain their exclusion in later drafts of the script. We also witness the death of a fairly major character, but incredibly the scene is skipped over in an almost laughable manner, and is forgotten about immediately. The whole thing is dealt with really poorly, and almost leaves you ignoring the final scene of the issue.

All in all though, the pacing of The Star Wars is being handled pretty well, and aside from that one death scene and a serious lack of menace from the book’s villains, this is still the second best Star Wars book out there at the moment (after Brian Wood’s main SW title). This is probably the weakest issue of the series so far, but The Star Wars is still managing to hold its own at its mid-point.

Rating: 6/10.

The writer of this piece was:
AlavAlan Shields aka (Al)
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