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SOTE Shadows of the Empire - Evolution #4 (of 5)
Story: Steve Perry
Pencils: Ron Randall
Inker: Tom Simmons and Ron Randall
Color: Dave Nestelle
Editor: Bob Cooper and Peet Janes

Leia discovers Savan's identity and the crew sets out in the Falcon to stop her. Guri undergoes delicate reprogramming.

EnsViews Comic Review
Reviewed 05/20/98

This title is definitely taking a different turn than I expected after the first couple of issues. Rather than exploring the depths of an individual journey to humanity, we're actually seeing an ensemble piece following the ideas of the original SOTE. I guess it would have been quite a stretch for five issues.

Guri's quest for humanity is no longer in words or story at all, but simply silent splash pages of memories of the horrors she has seen. There's nothing wrong with this, per se. I was simply hoping for more insight into what it's like to be a droid in the SW universe.

I have mixed feelings about the roles of the movie seven. On the positive side, I'm occasionally enjoying the edgy Han-Leia relationship (though after ROTJ one would think that these two would be beyond "denying their feelings" stage) and the non-perfection of Luke. Both of these anchor the otherwise generic story into the timeline. However, the dialog on the Falcon continues with the same unauthentic quality that plagued the last issue. There doesn't seem to be any reason for Lando, Chewie or the droids to be there. (I'm taking Perry's word for it that shutting down organized crime is a worthy task for our heroes while trying to establish a government.)

The art maintains its high standards from previous issues. Other than the continuing struggle with Mark Hamill and the droids, the movie characters and the Falcon are well done. There's a nice mix of new and familiar species (the "scum for hire" lineup is nice). The fleeing Quarren was cool and Savan's Rodian sidekick is a hilight throughout.

The memory splash pages may be lacking in insight, but they'd make great posters!

If you occasionally buy comics mainly for the art, you might want to pick this one up... but the story alone isn't worth the price of admission. 6.5/10. Marginal recommendation. Comments?

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