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 Damage Control #1 Micro-Review – Superhero Sitcom Time

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Damage Control 1, cover, 2022, Carlos PachecoTITLE: Damage Control #1 (of 5)
AUTHORS: Adam F. Goldberg, Hans Rodionoff, Charlotte (Fullarton) McDuffie
ARTIST
: Will Robson, Jay Fosgitt, Ruth Redmond (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, & Rachelle Rosenberg.
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a scene in this book where our main character Gus, has to deliver an ice cream cake to someone in the Damage Control building. He subsequently gets on an elevator with Ghost Rider, and asks him, “Can you maybe turn off your head? It’s making my delivery melt.”

I really shouldn’t have chuckled as hard as I did.

In way, that’s a snapshot of the entire Damage Control premise, isn’t it? It’s superhero sitcom time, folks. Strap in.

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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: The Mandalorian #2 Micro-Review – Mud-Caked with a Mudhorn

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Star Wars The Mandalorian 2, cover, 2022, Kaare AndrewsTITLE: Star Wars: The Mandalorian #2
AUTHOR: Rodney Barnes (based on an episode written by Jon Favreau)
ARTISTS:
Georges Jeanty, Karl Story (Inker), Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kaare Andrews.
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Roughly half this issue has no dialogue, as it’s mostly just Mando and the child. That’s kind of refreshing. It certainly allows you to appreciate the art.

I came into this issue looking forward to the mud-covered fight between Mando and the mudhorn creature. It didn’t disappoint. I might have caked a little more mud on to Mando’s costume. But that’s just me.

Beautiful cover by Kaare Andrews.

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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: The Mandalorian #1 Micro-Review – A Nugget Search

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Star Wars The Mandalorian 1, cover, 2022, Adi GranovTITLE: Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1
AUTHOR: Rodney Barnes
ARTISTS:
Georges Jeanty, Karl Story (Inker), Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Adi Granov.

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1 is fine, and fine is about all I was expecting. It’s a straight up adaptation of the series premiere. No more, no less.

The cool thing about these Star Wars adaptations is that they can sometimes offer little nuggets of insight into the story that movie or show can’t. But as our main character has no inner monologue moving through this story (nor should he), I have my doubts we’ll find any nuggets in this series. But you never know.

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A Captain America/Iron Man #3 Micro-Review – That Much Closer…

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Captain America Iron Man 3, cover, 2022, Alex RossTITLE: Captain America/Iron Man #3
AUTHOR: Derek Landy
ARTISTS:
Angel Unzueta, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: January 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Civil War is mentioned a couple times in this issue. So it looks like we’re that much closer to Steve and Tony actually talking about it, as I’ve been waiting for. They actually have just such a conversation in this issue about when Cap “joined” Hydra.

But as far as I’m concerned the real star of this book is our villain, Veronica Eden. Cap and Iron Man are ultimately just pretty window dressing.

As is often the case, these Alex Ross covers are worth the cover price on their own.

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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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