Star Wars #57

Star Wars #57

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Colorist: Guru e-FX
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell

I was a little lukewarm on Star Wars #56, but this issue has turned things around. This issue introduces us to Thane Markona and his odd little clan of warrior farmers. In a way, it’s reminiscent of Karen Traviss’ viewpoint of the Mandalorians. Thane is secretive of about his past, which puts Luke on edge, but it also creates some intrigue for the story. Just who is this guy and these people? And why are they so interesting?

The writing is on point for this issue. There’s a lot of dialog and it’s well done. It makes the characters interesting, charming, and funny. Han has some good moments in this issue, including the wood chopping scene that makes Leia blush. You could totally see Han chopping wood in order to get some free drinks at the bar. But all of the characters are handled well. I like the suspicious angle with Luke as it sets him apart from everyone else and gives him something to do. It also sets him aside with Thane Markona as they get ready to fight some space bears with sci-fi wolverine claws. That’s the cliff hanger for the issue, but it leaves you on the edge waiting to see how this is going to go down. It’s a good way to end it.

It’s hard to point out why this issue turns things around, because really its the little things. For instance, there’s this really minor thing that Thane Markona does that unique but not all that important. Everyone is talking and Luke starts getting hostile accusing Than of holding them prisoner and Thane goes, “Hold, Luke. Hold! You misunderstand.” And this is combined with a visual of him making a hand gesture of holding. It’s not something you see people doing, but it’s akin to something you might see some culture do. It feels like a cultural gesture. And since Thane isn’t visibly alien, this little thing helps make them feel alien, like a separate culture in the galaxy of exotic planets. Add to that the little scraps we get about them. They’re warriors, but they live on this remote, isolated world. They’re a rural community, literally farmers. They don’t even have money. They barter for everything. It’s interesting. And you top all of that off with Thane hinting about being around during the Clone Wars, but not saying who’s side he was on and when and where and you get this element of mystery. He seems like a good guy, but Luke’s distrust of him makes you wonder if you should trust him or not. It’s good storytelling.

The artwork is also top notch with Angel Unzueta putting out some great visuals of the characters, the animals, and the environment. The colors look great, and yes, that shirtless Han scene is well done. Cheesy and pulp romance novel cover nailed, it’s perfect. Plus it parallels to Kylo and his shirtless scene, a harmless but fun nod. The cover is another nice touch as its iconic, a little risky, and just the right image for this story. Honestly the cover art on comics is a great opportunity to do things like this. Let the artists have some fun and put out some really great artwork.

With some great storytelling, characters and world building, I’m surprisingly hooked with where this story is going now. It’s small scale and interesting. Hopefully it can keep this momentum. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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