Star Wars #30
Star Wars #30
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Star Wars #30 wraps up the Yoda’s Secret War arc with victories for both Yoda and Luke. Splitting the story in two, telling both a Luke tale in the present tense and a Yoda tale from the past, the comic brings resolution to the war on the mysterious planet inhabited by living mountains, magic crystals and warring tribes. For Yoda, it’s a battle against the mountains. For Luke, it’s a confrontation with Garro and an end to a very long war.
The issue opens in the present time period with Luke landing on the planet and being confronted by Garro and his floating crystal knives. Garro badgers Luke about Yoda and explains that he will help him to kill the mountains. Then the story jumps back to the past as Yoda is about to get stepped on by a mountain. The Rockhawkers use the Force to control the mountain and attempt to kill Yoda. Unfortunately for them, Yoda has learned how to connect with the living rocks and he’s able to overpower them. He then joins forces with the Mudwhackers as they bring to life the other mountains. It then becomes a battle of the titans with Yoda’s victory. He brings a forced peace to the tribes.
However, all of that time, Garro has harbored a grudge against Yoda and what he did. Now that Luke has arrived, he inflicts pain upon the under trained Jedi in order to bring the surviving rock monsters out. Garro wants to end things once and for all. He wants to kill the last of the mountains. Yet the battle with Luke sets Garro to thinking, and he changes his mind about everything. Somehow he becomes one with mountain, and Luke travels down in the caves in order to bring it to full life. It’s not a plot that you should think about too much as the characterization and reasoning isn’t all there. It’s a little convenient. Regardless, the last page shows Yoda on Dagobah. Despite the vast expanse of space, he can feel Luke and what he’s done, and says he will soon be ready.
So, in the end, this arc gives us an interesting interlude with Yoda, some weird living mountains made of magic crystal, and some Mad Max tribes of vengeful children. On the one hand, the artwork by Salvador Lorroca was pretty solid throughout. On the other hand, was the story really needed? Did it actually add anything of value to the Star Wars story as a whole? To be truthful, it wasn’t needed, and it kind of complicates things. Now when Luke goes to meet Yoda, he’s already read a story about the Jedi master. Despite all the taunting of the tribes when they made fun of Yoda and called him a little green frog, we’re left to assume Obi-Wan left all of that out of his journal. I’m not sure if this story fits into the larger story in The Empire Strikes Back. I never had the feeling that Luke knew anything about Yoda. Furthermore, this story emphasizes that a Jedi will not know power until they are humble. Luke certainly didn’t learn the lesson by reading the story or going to the planet, as he doesn’t learn humility until Return of the Jedi. In the end, the story is a little out of place and basically just there to have fun.
Star Wars #30 isn’t too bad on its own with an interesting story, decent resolution and good artwork. It’s not great, but it’s entertaining. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.