Moff Tavira holds Celchu and Winter hostage as Leia and Wedge negotiate with Pestage.
Han and Fel discuss their fates, as the rest of the squad "run into some old friends".
As the only on-going Star Wars title, I'm glad that stories aren't completely
resolving themselves in each titled arc. This issue serves to fragment the
plot even further spawning more and more story threads. This is a good thing
in my opinion, particularly with the cast size XWing carries. Here, themes
from the past are being picked up and mixing with the present. I've said it
before... complexity makes this title great.
Despite my reservations, I find I'm liking the presence of Han and Leia in the
story. I think it's successful because they have important roles (not just
cameos), but they're never really stealing the focus either. One of the
problems with the ongoing novels are that Han, Leia, Luke and crew are present
at and resolve every conflict in the galaxy.
Does anyone else wonder why Alderaan - a planet with no weapons - would be
playing host to a shooting competition?
The style and quality of all aspects of the art is basically at the same level
as last issue. (To reiterate: nice colors, very good characters, needs work on
technology and Wookies.)
With this issue, I really noticed the fashion and hair styles. It's
interesting that in the films all the fashion had a distinctive 70s feel even
though the story was long, long ago. While maintaining a general feel, this
book is an example of how Star Wars fashion in comics has a distinct 90s
flavor. Prime examples include Isard's workout outfit, Tavira's pirate shirt,
Solo's tux (what's with the string tie??... arrgg!) and the hair of most
everyone from the various "punks" to the men of the squad.
The review is brief because the generally high standards the title has set for
itself are maintained. 8/10. Recommended.
(Come on folks, let's make this the #1 selling SW title... not the lowest
Editor Peet Janes was very kind to mention my comic section at theForce.net at
the end of the lettercol. To my knowledge, this is the first time that any fan
site has been mentioned in any kind of official Lucasfilm publication of any
He mentioned it to "promote some critical dialog on this and other SW comics".
To that end, I will soon launch a lettercol at the site where I will share
your responses (with your permission, of course) to my reviews or your
comments on anything SW comic related. So... send in those letters, folks!!