Star Wars #26
Star Wars #26
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Star Wars #26 is the beginning of several adventures. On one hand, it starts with C-3PO’s custody in the hands of Scar Squadron and Luke wanting to rescue him. On the other, we are introduced to an adventure that Yoda went on prior to The Phantom Menace. One adventure leads to another in this issue as we catch a glimpse of Yoda in action.
The setup of the last issue held a lot of potential with the fate of C-3PO. For Scar Squadron, 3PO is their ace in the hole to get them out of trouble since they failed their last mission. Unfortunately for them, Vader wants nothing to do with the droid and orders C-3PO’s destruction. It quickly cuts short any intriguing reunion between the two, though Scar Squadron clings to possibility that 3PO may still have some use yet. Elsewhere everyone agrees that C-3PO isn’t worth going after, however Luke has some reservations. In the end, it’s R2-D2 who launches the rescue, and in the process, R2 leaves Luke stranded in space with nothing but Obi-Wan Kenobi’s journal to pass the time. It’s a very odd way to shoehorn in another interlude, but regardless, it leads to a story about Yoda. We get to see the little green Jedi master fight some pirates, rescue a boy, meet up with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and then head off by himself on an odd mission to an unnamed planet. There he meets some tribal kids, and the issue ends.
The writing in this issue is kind of mixed. The dialog is on par, and the stories, on their own, are interesting. But the transitions between them leave a little to be desired. On top of that, it seems like a missed opportunity to not reunite Vader and 3PO and to not give them a few more panels together, even if the outcome is the same. The cliffhanger ending leaves this issue feeling incomplete since the kids at the end are kept in complete mystery. There’s nothing recognizable about them and there are no names given to the location. With no plot clues as to what Yoda is up to other than following some whim of a Force feeling, the plot is pretty thin and doesn’t give readers much of anything to go on.
The artwork throughout the issue is pretty good. Heck, some of the panels are outstanding. Larroca and Delgado turn in some excellent artwork. First off, Scar Squadron is rendered much more realistically rather than a bunch of hulking super troopers. Luke gets some top notch panels in his cockpit with really impressive displays of lighting. The nest of pirates Yoda goes up against are a species of alien that showed up in The Force Awakens which makes for a nice change up in the visual department. Yet the most impressive display is Yoda. He gets several panels, but a couple of them really stand out as great pieces of artwork.
Overall, Star Wars #26 is more of a launchpoint than anything. There’s some pieces of various stories which will get resolved later, and there’s a mysterious beginning to a Yoda adventure, but it’s a a scattered narrative as things jump around. Hopefully the next issue will help fill out the plot and add some more details. Thankfully the art makes up for some of the storytelling with some excellent visuals. All in all, I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.