Review: Star Wars #6

The Force is still with Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda as they continue to fill the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in this month’s issue of Dark Horse’s ongoing Star Wars comic.
Issue #6 maintains the momentum the series has been building, and becomes possibly the most engaging page-turner so far. Focusing exclusively on the Leia/Luke/Rebellion storyline as it converges with the Col. Bircher arc, Brian Wood picks up the action exactly where it left off in #5 and follows the events in real time, building the tension to the point where you find yourself reading the dialogue as quickly and frantically as you imagine the characters saying it. A wild, MacGyver-esque plan leads to a harrowing, tense action sequence that puts past issues to shame.
As with the previous issues, Brian Wood is only half of the equation. Artist Carlos D’Anda once again delivers magnificent artwork such as a full page, head-on view of an arriving Star Destroyer, beautifully illustrating the menace the craft instills in the characters seen dwarfed in the very same frame. But after the action has subsided, D’Anda’s stand-out depiction in this issue is a silent image of C-3PO and R2-D2 keeping a vigil over the bacta tank containing the recovering Princess Leia in an otherwise empty, dark medical bay. A truly moving image that speaks volumes in a single panel.
With plenty going on elsewhere with Darth Vader, Birra Seah, Prithi, Han, Chewie, and Perla, Star Wars is in no danger of slowing down.
Dark Horse’s Star Wars #6 arrives tomorrow!

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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