Twists and cliffhangers abound!
Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly present suspense with a side of action in issue #9 of the ongoing Star Wars series from Dark Horse Comics. Each storyline in this month’s issue results in either a startling revelation or an out-of-the-frying-pan moment, furthering the high-quality storytelling that Brian Wood has established and maintained in the previous 8 issues.
Leia, after accepting the kindness of strangers, learns the shocking truth about her latest acquaintance, putting her in a SUPER awkward position. Meanwhile, Darth Vader, via his mole, Birra Seah, discovers that a young Rebel by the name of Skywalker has infiltrated the Star Destroyer Devastator. Needless to say, the Dark Lord’s priorities shift after learning this particular fact. Both of these revelations are left dangling before the reader, leaving us guessing what the characters’ respective next moves will be.
Aboard the aforementioned Devastator, Luke and Wedge encounter some classic Stormtrooper resistance, harkening back to rescue of Leia aboard the Death Star. The preview of issue #10 even teases the ol’ steal-the-trooper-uniform strategy. At least this time Luke busts out his lightsaber. This display gave artist Ryan Kelly a real chance to shine as he illustrates a spectacular firefight that puts the detention block shootout to shame. (PEW! Headshot!) But, not to be outdone when it comes to being “in the s**t”, our intrepid smuggler pair, joined by Perla the garbage pilot, is still being pursued by Boba Fett and Bossk through the skies of Coruscant. Just when you think things are finally going Han and Chewie’s way, you realized that assumptions are a dangerous thing.
Star Wars #9 is definitely a comic that makes you want to read the next issue as soon as it ends. As much as I love the boys and the bounty hunters, I’m most intrigued by what Vader has in store for Luke. Is it October yet?!
Be sure to check back next month when Star Wars #10 sees the return of artist Carlos D’Anda! But, in the meantime, Star Wars #9 is available today!
Not getting enough Star Wars from Dark Horse? Check out our review of The Star Wars, the mini-series that takes you to an alternate galaxy far, far away.