Star Wars #16

Star Wars #16

Writer: Brian Wood
Penciller: Stéphane Créty
Inker: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Sean Cooke

Star Wars #6 plants some tantalizing seeds as the plot thickens. A coincidental space hauler breaks down above Arrochar. Luke gets pulled for hike up the mountains with the planet’s rangers. Then there’s Prince Kaspar and his sneaky adviser who seems to be up to no good. Something isn’t right on Kaspar, and it’s a bad sign for the Rebels.

This issue opens with a nice little pilot scene with Wedge and a group of Arrochar pilots. On one hand, it shows Wedge playing the role of teacher. On the other hand, it illustrates a friction between Arrochar and the Rebellion. Right now, the Rebellion can’t afford to hand over any T-65 X-wings, so the Arrochar pilots get stuck with Z-95 Headhunters. Even Wedge has to admit the Headhunters are old and outdated pieces of equipment. The Arrochar pilots, with the spick and span shiny uniforms take offense to the second rate equipment, thus showing friction between the two groups.

That friction plays a central theme throughout the issue. While meeting with her husband-to-be, Leia and Prince Kaspar have a fight about roles and duty. Kaspar takes offense to Leia spending time in the hangar working on ships. He even dislikes her outfit, which is basically a lighter version of her Hoth clothes. According to his sensibilities, and those of his peers, Leia should dress like the other Royals not spend time with people of a the lower class. This of course rubs Leia the wrong way and goes against every principle she has. There marriage appears to be doomed before it even happens. However, in the background we catch a glimpse of that sneaky adviser listening in to their quarrel.

Later on, that same adviser recruits Luke for a routine mission with the local forces. Being grounded, Luke is looking for something to do. The mission sends him off into some gorgeous terrain that the artists bring to wonderful life. It’s very mountainous, so it’s not a complete rip off of Hoth, but it definitely evokes the same nostalgic feelings. Luke even wears some gear similar to his Hoth clothes. One thing I liked about this mission Luke goes on is that it takes him away from the awkward jealousy triangle between him, Leia and Kaspar. It also provides a cool bonding experience between him and the Arrochar rangers.

Elsewhere, a droid piloted super hauler breaks down above the planet and forces the Rebels to go check it out. It’s a fairly mundane series of panels with Han, Chewie, Leia and Threepio flying around a big ship. The panels don’t lack for detail, but not much happens. That said, there is a reveal of another presence: an Imperial probe droid.

As all the pieces begin to fall together, something isn’t right on Arrochar. I don’t know how deep the prince is in on it, but his sneaky adviser is definitely playing an angle with the Empire. With the friction between Arrochar and the Rebels, it might not be too hard to pit them against each other. Regardless, I like the way the plot is shaping up and this issue does a great job of moving things forward, building up tension and intrigue, and providing some nice visuals. Some of the movie characters are a little funny looking, but the rest of visuals look great. I give Star Wars #16 a five out of five metal bikinis. This is a real solid issue.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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