Star Wars #28
Star Wars #28
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Star Wars #28 dives into the heart of the mountain as Yoda learns the ways of the stonepower. Along the way, he deals with his reluctant companion, a new tribe, and a new teacher. Aside from that, there’s a short break to Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine and Luke’s reading in the present. It’s an interesting issue.
In some ways, the more we learn of the planet and the people that Yoda is interacting with, the less sense any of them make. There are magic rocks and a war being waged between those who dwell in the shadow of the mountain and those who are slowly dying elsewhere. Yoda meets a third tribe in this issue that lives inside the mountain. It is there that he finds the parents. Oddly enough, they live in peace. But Yoda takes them to task for not raising their kids correctly and for abandoning them to wage war against each other outside. It’s doesn’t make a lot of sense as the story doesn’t make it clear why the parents were sent into the mountain, why the kids would take up the war, and why the parents never returned.
Adding to this mystery is the magic rocks and the mountain. Yoda has been struggling to learn how to manipulate the rocks, or at least how to use the Force on them. As he travels deeper into the mountain, he finds someone who can teach him the tricks that have been eluding him. Yet these teachings lead him to a new mystery, and perhaps an answer. Quite simply, Yoda finds the literal heart of the mountain. Apparently the rocks really are alive. I’m not sure how that works or what that means with what’s going on in the world and the various tribes, but hopefully we’ll learn those secrets in the upcoming issues.
The artwork is pretty good in Star Wars #28. The panels do a good job of telling the story, transitioning from scene to scene, and providing some interesting imagery. With most of the story taking place inside the mountain, there were certainly some challenges for the artists, but they did pretty good. With the interlude in the middle breaking off to Tatooine for a glimpse of Obi-Wan, and a quick glimpse of Luke, it helps break things up. From a storytelling perspective, it also helps keep the larger story on track.
Overall, this issue was enjoyable. The artwork and the storytelling is good, and it continues to push forward a story very different from most of everything else Marvel has been doing. It’s not really a safe story, and for that, I give them props. I also give this one a four out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.