Star Wars #17

Star Wars #17 (of 20)

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

With a few small exceptions, Star Wars #17 is a pretty awesome issue. The artwork is stellar, the plot leaps forward with the looming plots finally kicking into gear, and the characters all seem on par with themselves. That said, things are getting any easier for them as chaos breaks loose at the end.

The opening of the issue really shows off the quality of the artwork. There’s a great scenic shot of the mountains at night, another panel showing off some architecture and then some inside panels of an Imperial probe droid. The pencil and inks give off a lot of detail and the coloring brings it to life. It looks great. Throughout the issue, the artists pour out some excellent panels. From the daylight shots of the snowy mountains to the grandeur of the palace and the arrival of the Empire. Even the characters look nice. My only grip would be the panels where Luke is blocking some blaster fire as it’s a little confusing at first and oddly done. Typically a lightsaber deflects blaster bolts in straight lines, but in these panels there are swirls of electric flame going every which way. On top of that, there’s a weird creeping darkness effect going on. It’s not terrible, it’s just odd.

Storywise, this issue picks up the pace. Luke is still brooding over Leia and his jealousy toward the prince, but it’s a lot smaller and less significant. However, the real improvement is the focus on his journey up the mountain with the elite rangers. He has an encounter with Obi-Wan prior to his fight on top of the mountain. Plus the rangers fill in some plot points on what exactly is going on with Arrochar. The battle leads to a chase and ultimately the Empire’s big attack. That said, Luke’s part of the issue also includes my one gripe with the story. There’s a very convenient rendezvous with his wingmate that just comes off as too coincidental to swallow. It threw me out of the story a little and probably could have been done a bit better.

Aside from Luke, there really isn’t much character focus elsewhere. Leia and Mon Mothma get a scene. Wedge and Han get a scene. There’s also a couple panels with the prince and his evil adviser. But they’re all very small in comparison to Luke who gets the focus of much of the issue.

The artwork in Star Wars #17 was a real high point for the series. The first and last page is filled with gorgeous art and there’s plenty in between. The story takes an upswing as the plot moves forward and Luke’s adventure on the mountain plays out. It’s also nice to see how everything is coming together. While there were a couple things I didn’t like in this issue, they’ve outshined but all the awesomeness. Star Wars #17 pumps out a great issue and I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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