Star Wars #60

Star Wars #60

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

Star Wars #60 finally lays bare what the Markona are up to. It’s also throws Scar Squadron into the fire as the good guys make their escape. It’s been a long time coming, but the question is, what did this little side adventure accomplish?

First off, I liked the Markona and Thane. They reminded me of the old Mandalorians from the books, the way they were mercs in a rural community, hiding out after their big job. Thane was interesting and intelligent. Tula was another great character. She wasn’t some love interest for Luke or another ill fated damsel to cross paths with him. Luke though, he was pretty annoying through this entire arc, and I’m not sure he learned anything. He made some dumb decisions and kind of got rewarded for it. And while I do like Scar Squadron, they really didn’t do anything except show up and get ditched. It certainly didn’t make them appear any more impressive. Their elite unit status is kind of questionable and makes you wonder if it just qualifies them for special uniforms.

Regardless, the story was fun and enjoyable. I liked this issue, and the arc overall was good. However, I’m not sure what the point was. It didn’t seem like Luke learned anything. It bought Leia some time to make a plan which will be the next arc and finish out Gillen’s Star Wars run. And it brought the Markona into the fold of the Rebellion, but it didn’t net the Rebels a base or a replacement fleet. There were some interesting things brought up and discussed, but I don’t think any of it helps define the big movie characters or their trajectories. You could cut this arc out, and I’m not sure it would make a difference. So in that regard, the arc is completely optional. For some, that also means it’s skipable.

While the story is good, the artwork is great. Some of the panels are just really gorgeous. From the line work to the shading, coloring and lighting, there’s some great imagery in this issue. Angel Unzueta and Guru-eFX did a standup job.

With a good story and great visuals, I give this issue a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s not essential reading, but it was enjoyable.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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