Star Wars #12 concludes the first arc of Brian Wood’s year-long adventure in a galaxy far, far away, bringing our heroes back together and revealing the truth about what has been plaguing the Rebellion for the last year. However, the victory is short-lived and not all see the justification of the means to an end.
As we learned at the very end of issue #11, Colonel Bircher reveals himself to be a Rebel sleeper agent (as well as nephew of Mon Mothma to boot), but to some, his delivery of intel, equipment, and an entire squadron of TIE Interceptors is still not quite enough to validate the stress and risk the Rebels have endured. However, as the dust settles from this particular undertaking, Wood sets up the next arc, throwing a true curve ball at both the readers and the characters.
Star Wars #12 sees much less action than previous issues, choosing to focus more on character interaction and conversation. As a result, artist Carlos D’Anda takes a break from dogfights and applies his artistic talent to reminding us that while they exist on the page, these characters are just as interesting, dynamic, and multi-faceted as their on-screen counterparts. A disgruntled mutter from Leia or a proud speech from Wedge might just be words in a script, but when D’Anda pencils the right wrinkle or smirk, he manages to brilliantly capture the character.
Star Wars #12 wraps up what has consistently been a worthy entry in Star Wars lore. Secrets were revealed, relationships blossomed, and characters were explored as the space between Episodes IV and V began to be filled in. Wood and D’Anda make their mark on a universe already full of storied history and colorful characters, and as Wood skillfully captures the spirit of the original trilogy, he matches that in fleshing out the Expanded Universe.
While the next arc will pick up with issue #15, Dark Horse promises that the next two months will explore the previously sidelined villain, Darth Vader in his own mini-arc, “Five days of the Sith.” Check back next month to see how the Dark Lord strikes back!
Star Wars #12 is available today!