Star Wars #50

Star Wars #50

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Penciller: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker: Cam Smith
Colorist: Guru-eFX, and Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Travis Charest

The theme of Star Wars #50 is hope dies. It’s a play on the title of the first Star Wars movie, and the last line of Rogue One. Hope is a recurring theme in Star Wars, and the main title is now gearing up for The Empire Strikes Back. That means it’s time for the bad guys to start winning.

The last issue already introduced us to Queen Trios’ betrayal. This issue builds on that. First it shows us that she is continuing to play the ruse as the trap is sprung. By ingratiating her help with the building of the Rebel fleet, she’s able to sabotage the whole thing. No engines, no communications, they’re dead in the water as Vader arrives to destroy them. But Vader isn’t here to try and win the war by destroying the Rebellion. The comic lays down a much more sinister purpose to the Dark Lord’s actions. He’s here to crush their opposition by striking at their morale, their spirit, their will to resist. His goal is to utterly destroy their hope at success. Thus he begins destroying their fleet…slowly. His demonstration is an act of power, a showmanship of how superior the Empire is and how hopeless the Rebels are to stop them.

The story provides a lot of opportunities for the artwork to shine. The first page opens with three image heavy panels and one small word bubble. The imagery is of a sun, of fire, and two wine glasses clinking together. It’s an ominous sign of the destruction to come and the bargain struck. There’s panels showcasing the Rebel’s new fleet. Two page spreads showing off the ships, as well as the battle as Vader’s fleet arrives. And when the artwork isn’t stretching across both pages, there is plenty of attention given to the characters and the emotions. Even Vader, as emotionless as he is behind his mask, strikes an ominous chord as he watches the destruction unfold. Larroca’s facework can be a bit odd at times, but otherwise his artwork shines in this issue.

As a bonus, there’s a mini story at the end of this issue that completes the betrayal story of Trios. Going back in time, it shows how this whole scheme came together. How Vader came up with the plan and implemented, and how he reached out to Trios to put it in motion. The artwork isn’t as good in the mini story, it’s done by Giuseppe, Cam and Java, but it’s still a good one and adds to the overall story.

Star Wars #50 is a very solid issue with good writing and good artwork. It does come with a hefty price tag though at $5.99 and I’m not sure it’s really warranted. That’s a lot of money for a comic with 45 pages of content. That is a bit more than usual, but four of those pages are padded with a cover gallery for the Star Wars series. To be honest, seeing mini images of the covers crammed into four pages isn’t something I really value. I love cover art, but it has to be big to be enjoyed. I’d rather have a special issue with each page being devoted to the cover art instead of it being done like they did in this issue. With the way things are going, it’s getting harder and harder to justify buying issues singularly instead of waiting for the trade paperback collections.

As is, I give Star Wars #50 a four out of five metal bikinis. If you’ve got the disposable income and are a hardcore collector of the individual issues, then you’ll want to pick this one up. However, now might be a good time to start waiting for the TPB’s.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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