Review: Star Wars #5

Dark Horse’s ongoing Star Wars series soldiers on this week with issue #5.
Action takes a back seat as character moments from four different arcs provide the meat of this month’s issue. Han and Chewie have parked the Falcon and sought refuge in a Coruscant cantina, Luke and Prithi share a moment that furthers the growing trust between them, Darth Vader bestows a great responsibility upon his newest acquaintance, and Leia and her team of elite pilots never say die.
Writer Brian Wood continues to keep the reader’s attention, especially with the Han and Chewie arc as they evade fan-favorite bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk. As the smuggler pair ducks through Coruscant’s seedy underbelly, they find help from the most unexpected source. Is it friend or foe? We’ll just have to wait until issue #6.
While character interactions are the main focus in issue #5, it is not completely devoid of action. While still on their latest scouting mission, Gray Squadron, lead by Princess Leia, goes toe-to-toe with Colonel Bircher and his top-of-the-line TIE Interceptors. Once again, Carlos D’Anda depicts the space combat with gritty ferocity, exemplifying the speed and tension of the heated dogfight. Whether the battle was won by the Rebels is debatable, but once the action has subsided, Wood brings it back to the characters. Adrift in her crippled X-Wing, Leia orders her fellow pilots, Wedge and Tess, back to the fleet, but the duo refuses to leave their stalwart leader, even if it means disobeying orders. It’s a moment that truly gives these characters their humanity.
With the Star Wars property’s time with Dark Horse dwindling, Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, and the creative team on this series are going for broke in order to make one of the publisher’s last SW stories a memorable one.
Star Wars #5 arrives Wednesday.

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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