Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Star Wars #11

   It's very difficult to adapt a film or TV show (or video game, for that matter) into a successful comic book series.

   In particular, it's difficult to capture the high-octane action of a series like Star Wars.

   I'm happy to report that this Dark Horse series actually does a terrific job a bringing back the tone, feel and fun of the original film series!

   It follows right after the events of "A New Hope" (or Episode IV, if you prefer), and includes a battle in space between the forces of the Empire and the Rebels, complete with dogfights between X-Wings and Tie Fighters, a focus on Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Threepio and R2-D2.

   Writer Brian Wood provides a great balance between action and humor, the characters all "talk" with the right voice, and you definitely get the respect and love the creative team has for the source material.

   The art is by Carlos D'Anda with colors by Gabe Eltaeb, and it's quite good, with solid caricatures (so you never lose track of which character is which), strong action sequences and clear storytelling throughout.

   Of course, there's one other thing a comic can give you that live action never can: it brings back those original characters, unaged and fresh and exciting as ever. If only the real world worked the same way!

Grade: A-



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