A Star Wars #30 Micro-Review – Life in a Vacuum

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Star Wars 30, cover, January 2023, Stephen Segovia, Rain BeredoTITLE: Star Wars #30
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: 
Andrés Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Stephen Segovia & Rain Beredo. 
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

How long can a human being survive in the vacuum of space without protection, i.e. a space suit? Lando has to do it for a few seconds in this issue. There was also a great issue of Darth Vader a few years back where Doctor Aphra had to do the same. But how long could one really last in space?

LiveScience.com says about two minutes. That seems about right. Either way, it obviously creates a hell of a lot of tension and urgency.

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A Star Wars #29 Micro-Review – A Masquerade Ball! (Or Not…)

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Star Wars 29, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #29
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.

RELEASED: November 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Another awesome cover from E.M. Gist this month. I love the concept of our Rebel heroes going to some kind of masquerade ball in disguise. Granted, that’s not what actually happens in the issue, which is a downer. But the outfits are still a lot of fun. Especially Luke in the domino mask.

I know I talk about this every few months or so. But I feel passionate enough about it that it’s worth repeating: I hate Luke’s gold lightsaber. Things would be so much more interesting without it.

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A Star Wars #28 Micro-Review – A Forgettable Journey

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Star Wars 28, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #28
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andres Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue sees Luke Skywalker travel to Coruscant, the epicenter of the Galactic Empire. You’d think that’d be a pretty big, dramatic deal, right? But Luke makes pretty quick work of his mission, and gets right back to the Rebel Fleet. I get that he’s, y’know…Luke Skywalker. But that’s still pretty anticlimactic.

I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of this family of Imperial double-agents. I was slow to get into their story, but they grew on me.

E.M. Gist keeps knocking it out of the park. He captures Luke’s likeness damn near perfectly.

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A Star Wars #27 Micro-Review – Small Characters, Big Universe

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Star Wars 27, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #27
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andrés Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.
RELEASED:
September 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Another gorgeous cover by E.M. Gist. He’s definitely a keeper.

These last two issues have been largely about a couple of spies within the Empire, and their attempts to flee and get their children to safety. I like that. Sometimes I think this series, or perhaps another series altogether, should be about “smaller” stories and characters in the Star Wars universe that aren’t bound to Luke, Leia, etc. The galaxy is a big place, after all. There’s lots to explore…

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A Star Wars #26 Micro-Review – Going a Simpler Route

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Star Wars 26, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #26
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andres Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love this cover. It’s got a great old fashioned movie poster feel to it, and the background is a delightfully simple blue and white. I even like Luke’s leather jacket, which has a vague Indiana Jones feel to it.

The interior art is a little bit more simple too, compared with issues past.. It’s something of a pleasant change, actually. Star Wars artists tend to go into such rich detail, which is great. But this more animated style is welcome too.

All these issues in, and I still don’t like the gold lightsaber…

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A Star Wars #25 (ADVANCE) Micro-Review – Snapshots Across Time

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Star Wars 25, cover, 2022, Carlo PagulayanTITLE: Star Wars #25
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, & Rachelle Rosenberg.

RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What we have here are four very short tales by Charles Soule that offer snapshots across the Star Wars timeline. Naturally, there isn’t time to get into much that’s impactful or hard-hitting. But the issue has its charm. There’s certainly a lot of great art on display, highlighted (for me at least) by Phil Noto drawing a Poe Dameron story.

My favorite of the four? “See You Around Kid,” which looks at Kylo Ren post-Last Jedi as he tries to find the spirit of Luke Skywalker. It feels very true to the Kylo Ren character.

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A Star Wars #24 Micro-Review – A Villain’s Comeuppance

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Star Wars 24, cover, 2022, Carlo PagulayanTITLE: Star Wars #24
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Ramon Rosanas, Madibek Musabekov, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagylayan, Jason Paz, & Rosenberg.

RELEASED: June 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue seems to wrap up the story of Commander Zahra, giving her a cathartic comeuppance that she so richly deserves. But you know how these things go with villains. They’re never gone unless you actually see a corpse. And even then, it’s not a guarantee.

To his credit, though, Soule does turn the end of Zahra’s story into something of a character moment for Leia. She’s tough as nails, and this issue reminds us of that in fairly grim fashion.

Massive credit to Rosanas (Or perhaps Musabekov?) for giving Zahra some great facial expressions on her final pages.

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A Star Wars #20 Micro-Review – Luke’s History Lesson

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TITLE: Star Wars #20
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Marco Castiello, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, & Rain Beredo.

RELEASED: January 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Using comic book magic, this issue puts Luke together with a High Republic era character. The results didn’t blow me away. But it was kinda cool, I guess.

Given that Marvel publishes Star Wars: The High Republic, part of me was surprised they didn’t put Luke and the character in question on the cover. But of course, they rarely pass up a chance to put Yoda on a cover, do they? I can’t even say I blame them for that.

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A Star Wars #19 Micro-Review – Now This Is More Like It…

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TITLE: Star Wars #19
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Marco Castiello, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz & Rain Beredo.

RELEASED: December 8, 2021

This issue is more in line with what I personally want to see from a Star Wars comic going forward. It focuses in on Luke and his learning more about the Jedi. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind a whole series like this that takes place after Return of the Jedi.

I still don’t like the gold lightsaber. I do, however, like this cover. For some reason I’m attracted to the outfit Luke is in. The outfit obviously has a very Jedi vibe to it.

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A Star Wars #18 Micro-Review – Leia and Qi’ra

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TITLE: Star Wars #18
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, & Rain Beredo.
RELEASED: November 3, 2021

That cover is epic. Seeing young Carrie Fisher’s face next to Emilia Clarke’s is surreal in the best kind of way.

Coming into this issue, Qi’ra knows that Leia loves Han. But how? Was that covered in the main War of the Bounty Hunters series?

This is a big talking issue, which includes a big dialogue scene between Leia and Qi-ra. Oddly enough, what struck me the most was what Qi’ra was wearing. The red cape and gloves feel very true to the character we met in Solo.

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