Star Wars #5
Star Wars #5
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: John Cassaday and Laura Martin
Star Wars #5 keeps the ball rolling with great action, dialog and story beats as Fett closes in and Han digs himself into a hole. In this issue, we get to see Fett continue his hunt for Skywalker as he prowls through Tatooine in search of clues. Unbeknownst to Luke, his journey back to Ben Kenobi’s hut has put him in danger. Elsewhere, Han and Leia go on a journey as they look for rebel base locations and wind up in their own bit of trouble, no thanks to Han. It also brings in the bounty hunter that tracking Solo. While the hunts converge, this issue does a great job of pushing things along and keeping it entertaining.
It all starts on Tatooine with the twin suns high in the air. The artists take an interesting approach in rendering the sun so bright that they’re hard to make out. The visual imagery continues to pound the reader with the turn of the page as we see Fett on the hunt, killing without remorse, and dealing out vengeance as he goes. There’s a great shot of Fett in silhouette as the suns are going down on the horizon and victim pleads on their knees. Yet even that cool shot is nothing in comparison for what’s to come. Flip the page and there’s a beautiful two page spread of Fett in the cantina threatening a bunch of aliens for info on Skywalker. The imagery is great.
Moving along, we get to see a lot of Han and Leia as they get cozy in an Imperial shuttle. Jason Aaron does a good job of capturing the teasing, bickering back-and-forth dialog between the two with sharp injections of humor and wit. The art is a little hit and miss with Han, but Leia looks pretty good throughout. From beginning to end, the artwork is solid, opening with a punch and ending on a high note.
Aside from capturing Han and Leia’s dialog, Jason Aaron tackles Luke and Fett. There’s not a lot to make Luke stand out, so his dialog isn’t all that memorable, but Fett’s is significant. Throughout what is now Legends, we’ve seen many interpretations of Fett. Aaron’s take is a mean guy behind mask who is as much action as he is bluster. Fett is definitely not the quiet guy in this issue. He makes a lot of threats and is quick to carry them out. He also doesn’t show mercy. As far as the scales go, this tips Fett way back toward the bad guy side of things.
Overall, Star Wars #5 does a great job of delivering on all counts. The art is pleasing, the story takes some fun turns and dishes out plenty of action. The dialog is in line with the characters. Everything just feels right. I give this one a five out of five metal bikinis.