Star Wars #67

Star Wars #67

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Angel Unzueta
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Gerald Parel

Star Wars #67 marks the end of Kieron Gillen’s run on the main series as the rebels escape Shu-Torun. While it’s predictable that the heroes save the day, it’s kind of an interesting journey on how they get there. While not perfect, it’s not bad either.

The issue opens with a lot of desperation. The heroes are trapped in a bad spot. Benthic is trying to blow up the planet, and the Empire has them pinned down. Luckily for them, Tunga the shapeshifter makes a distraction and allows the heroes to go confront Benthic. Leia then talks Benthic down and makes him see sense. To be honest, I actually bought that part. If anyone could talk him out of it, it would be Leia, and her use of his dream as a weapon against him worked well. With all that resolved, they escape the planet, and Vader kills the big one-eyed Imperial dude no one really cared about.

The story doesn’t quite end there. While there is a last page with them looking at more Rebel bases, and a name drop of Hoth, the real point of interest was when Han talked with Benthic about being a Cloudrider. That little tease was almost too much. To be honest, I’d rather have a whole series about Benthic’s role in the Cloudriders and how he wound up as a Partisan. It would have been infinitely more interesting than the whole Shu-Torun deal. Sadly, what we got was a plot that was kind of interesting, but not really what anyone wanted. It had it’s moments, but it’s not something that’s going to go down as one of the most interesting Star Wars comic stories ever.

The artwork was really good in this issue, so there is that. But great imagery isn’t enough to make this a great comic. Nevertheless, it wasn’t too bad. I’d give the issue a four out of five metal bikinis, but I wouldn’t give the arc a really high recommendation. If you’ve been reading the series, you’ll want to read this issue, but if you haven’t, then I can’t think of too much justification for picking this series up.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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