The clock is ticking as the time Star Wars has at Dark Horse Comics dwindles. However, showing no signs of slowing down, Brian Wood continues the second major arc of his highly successful Star Wars comic with issue #17.
This arc had been fairly political thus far, focusing on the relations between Arrochar and the Alliance by exploring Leia’s impending nuptials, Wedge’s difficulties with the local military, and Luke and Han’s dissatisfaction with Leia’s choice to use herself as the currency that will buy the Rebellion a safe harbor. It’s all been a bit boring as a result. A lot of talk gave way to some angst, which led to more talk. The initial arc of this series kept things interesting by switching between multiple storylines that all led to a stunning climax. This Arrochar arc has maintained that theme, but kept the parallel stories so close together that it has felt fairly slow and drawn out. However, the previous issue introduced some mystery in the form of a seemingly derelict cargo ship that entered orbit and left behind an Imperial probe, and thankfully, issue #17 delivers on that setup. The latest force to threaten the Rebellion is revealed, thrusting our favorite heroes into action that will play out next month in issue #18.
Stéphane Créty and Julien Hugonnard-Bert, the pencil and ink team that joined the series at the start of this arc have maintained the style that has carried through from issue #1. As an added bonus, the pair has had the opportunity to depict the snow-covered peaks, lush canyons, and ornate, royal halls of Arrochar, a world that defies the Star Wars norm of the single-climate worlds. Even if the story has been slightly lacking lately, the art of this series has remained dynamic, detailed, and beautifully appropriate for the Star Wars universe.
We are unsure how many issues remain in this series until the Star Wars comic rights revert to Marvel in 2015. Until then, Brian Wood and his teams of artists continue to do great work that has filled an important gap in the Expanded Universe…even if J.J. Abrams and co. refuse to acknowledge it. #notbitter
Be sure to pick up Star Wars #17 from Dark Horse Comics, available today!