A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9 Micro-Review – Drawn From Life

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 9, cover, January 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS: 
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

David Messina and Alex Sinclair make a great team on this book. I especially enjoy Messina’s renderings of Chewbacca, as he’s got a great handle on the big guy.

I was less impressed with a rendering of Han late in the issue, which is clearly drawn with reference to a still from The Empire Strikes Back. I can’t help it. Stuff like that pulls me right out of an issue.

Still, the series remains fun. It’s near the top of my stack when it comes out.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #2 Micro-Review – Diminutive Yet Powerful

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Star Wars Yoda 2, cover, December 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #2
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Yet another great Star Wars cover by Phil Noto. I love that Yoda looks diminutive, yet still so powerful.

This series sees Yoda take up residence on the planet Turrak to help a village. It’s interesting to see Yoda live somewhere that isn’t the Jedi Temple or Dagobah. That’s something we’ve rarely, if ever, seen.

Question: Could this story have taken place during the High Republic era? It feels like we haven’t gotten a lot of Yoda stories from that time period. Thus far there’s nothing in this story that specifically ties it to the prequel era. So why not?

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8 Micro-Review – “Oh Bull@#$%!”

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 8, cover, December 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This series continues to deliver on the trademark Star Wars hijinks, action, and adventure. But this issue did contain what I’ll call an “Oh bull@#$%!” moment. Han and Chewie take out about eight Imperial Death Troopers in the space of about one panel. Nice try, but no.

As the cover indicates, Grand Moff Tarkin pops up in this issue. David Messina excels at rendering Peter Cushing’s trademark sunken cheeks.

I also dig the design of the marshal we briefly see in this issue. I assume the design is Messina’s.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #1 Micro-Review – The Smoldering Jedi

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Star Wars Yoda 1, cover, November 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #1
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nico Leon and Dono Sanchez-Almara really hit this one out of the park from an artistic perspective. Leon has a great handle on Yoda. There’s a gorgeous full-page shot of him, lightsaber lit, standing atop a smouldering surface.

And of course, I’m a sucker for Phil Noto drawing Star Wars. So I’m very pleased with the cover.

On the writing side of things, this is a pretty standard, yet still nice tale about Yoda saving a tribe of villagers from an evil force. It’s most of what you want and expect from a solo Yoda story.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #7 Micro-Review – A (Quick) Prison Break!

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 7, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #7
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
Paul Fry, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Han Solo & Chewbacca continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering on the kind of rip-roaring adventures one pictures when they think of Han and Chewie’s pre-A New Hope antics. My biggest complaint is that the two-pronged story with Chewie in prison and Han marooned on a strange planet wraps up too quickly for my taste. But I suppose there’s something to be said for not overstaying your welcome.

Guggenheim, Fry, and this crew even manage to sell me on the inclusion of Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan in the prison stuff. Well done, gentlemen.

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #5 Micro-Review – Doing the Best with the Least

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 5, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #5 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Adriana Melo, Wayne Faucher (Inker), Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This final issue is the best one to come out of this Obi-Wan mini, and yet it’s the one where the least actually happens. It’s simply a tale of our hero showing compassion to an injured stormtrooper.

On the cover, Phil Noto looks like he’s channeling a little bit of Mike Mayhew’s take on the character.

All in all, this mini-series wasn’t mind-blowing. But it did make for a nice companion to the Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+.

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The Variants #3 Micro-Review – “Stow That Talk, Bean Jockey!”

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The Variants 3, cover, 2022, PHil NotoTITLE: The Variants #3 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS
: Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

A line from a gangster to a barista in this issue: “Stow that talk, bean jockey!”

I kind of wish I’d used that line during my barista days.

With all the coffee talk ere, along with the wit injected into some of Simone’s dialogue, parts of this issue almost reminded me of a Gilmore Girls episode. In the best way possible, of course.

This cover almost got our “Epic Covers” spot this week. Noto draws a great She-Hulk. Noto pretty much draws a great everything.

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #4 Micro-Review – The Value and Beauty of Life

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 4, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #4 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS
: Madibek Musabekov, Sebastian Cheng (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Musabekov and Cheng inject some really good art into this issue. Musabekov is particularly good at drawing Obi-Wan himself, and making the Clone Wars hero and the old desert hermit look like the same person. His Anakin looks a little too young at certain points. But I can forgive that.

Musabekov and Cheng also make pretty effective use of inanimate clone trooper armor, as the cover suggests.

Cantwell gives Obi-Wan a nice little monologue about the value and beauty of life. Great hero moment there.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5 Micro-Review – Consistent Quality

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star_wars_han_solo_and_chewbacca_5_cover_2022_phil_notoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This isn’t the strongest issue to come out of this series. But five issues in, Guggenheim, Messina, and this team have sold me on their ability to produce a quality monthly title about Han and Chewie. That’s saying something, considering how underwhelmed I was at the beginning.

The friendship between Han and Chewie is the understated emotional core to this book. It’s a buddy action comedy. And that’s how it should be, really.

On the downside, we get a gratuitous appearance from a couple of familiar Mos Eisley Cantina characters. Lame.

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The Variants #2 Micro-Review – No Cosmic Fluff

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The Variants 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone’s wit really shines through in this book, thus far. It’s a good fit for Jessica Jones and the Hell’s Kitchen setting.

I can already tell I’m going to miss this Simone/Noto team when they’re done.

Considering this story has multiple multiversal Jessica Jones doubles, thus far it’s surprisingly grounded. By Marvel standards, anyway. Case in point, we open with a simple diner conversation between Jessica and Tigra. It feels very personal, and doesn’t get lost in what I’ll call “cosmic fluff” of it all. 

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