Star Wars #48

Star Wars #48

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: David Marquez and Matthew Wilson

Star Wars #48 is a dark and grisly issue as death comes to the Mon Calamari. Leia and company succeed in finding King Lee-Char, but he cannot be moved. Their mission comes to an odd end that seems more like a dark failure. The only bright spot is some humor with C-3PO, R2 and the clawdite spy.

Despite Lee-Char being hooked up to life support, the old Mon Cal isn’t dead yet. He finds enough time to talk and record a message with Leia to help inspire his people. Then the Empire comes in and shoots him dead. They also kill the Moff and some how manage to miss every Rebel in the room. Leia and company shoot their way out of the prison, and make their way back to Mon Cala where they try to broadcast Lee-Char’s message to the people, but Urtya stops them. The story gets a little weird here. Leia seems to think Urtya is betraying them. Urtya even stuns her. Yet Urtya really just doesn’t like Leia trying to go over his head and do whatever she wants. He wants to see the message first before he makes any decisions, and he ultimately broadcasts it to everyone anyways. Yet this doesn’t make Leia happy as no one prepared for the retaliation. In her words, they’re all going to die. So what happened here? Is this a good ending or a bad ending? Why is everyone acting so stupid and out of concert with each other? It’s hard to tell whether Leia is being written out of character, or whether the story is just going in a really weird direction. I’m really not sure what to think of it all.

The artwork, however, is not such a murky thing. In fact it’s quite clear and good looking. Salvador does a good job in this issue and the colors look great.

With an odd story that doesn’t gel very well, things seem to be working toward a cataclysmic dooms day for the Mon Cal fleet. This issue had good artwork, but the story felt off. I didn’t understand why Leia and Urtya had to be at cross purposes in the end. It felt a little forced. The one highlight with the writing was the droids and the clawdite as their part of the story was amusing. Aside from that, I have to give this one a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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