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SOTE Shadows of the Empire - Evolution #3 (of 5)
Story: Steve Perry
Pencils: Ron Randall
Inker: Tom Simmons
Color: Dave Nestelle
Editor: Bob Cooper and Peet Janes

As Han, Luke, Leia and Lando negotiate with Black Sun they are ambushed. Guri liberates the medical droid. Yang decides to keep Guri for himself, but loses his battle with her.

EnsViews Comic Review
Reviewed 04/29/98

This issue contains more dialog than the previous two issues combined. This is a mixed blessing. The added dialog definitely makes these characters seem deeper than they have until now. All of the new characters are now convincingly sleazy. On the other hand, with the exception of 3P0's "Being blown up is NOT my primary function" line Steve Perry's attempts at adding humor to the title are forced and painful at best. (I don't think newly Jedi Luke Skywalker would make cheap jokes about Han being stupid.)

We're finally being shown what the characters are like, rather than just being told. We really needed to see examples of Guri's killing proficiency before they're taken away. (Granted, I'd have complained if the title was nothing but her killing...) Kar Yang and Savan also receive some much needed competence.

I've criticized Evolution in the past for using movie characters as props in flashback sequences. They come to life in this issue and while I don't find their characterizations to be all that convincing, at least their presence in the story makes sense.

The overall high quality pencils and colors continue, with nice attention to detail throughout. Randall's Mark Hamill is my only minor complaint. This book has a great look!

A note in the lettercol explains that the cover design is "an attempt to get away from the 'movie poster' cover paintings". While I continue to dislike the design, I'll applaud any effort to mix things up.

The art remains good and the story is improving. 7.5/10. Recommended. Comments?

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