The Force Awakens #6
The Force Awakens #6 (of 6)
Writer: Chuck Wendig
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorists: Frank Martin and Guru eFX
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
The Force Awakens #6 comic adaptation starts and ends with a full page with zero dialog. From Han Solo’s death, to Luke’s wordless entrance, this issue finishes off the retelling of The Force Awakens in comic book format. Sadly this issue doesn’t do anything to warrant the purchase of the comic and ends the mini-series with a lukewarm feeling overall. With okay artwork and a story that sticks very closely to the film, it just doesn’t offer anything for fans who have already seen the movie.
The issue opens with Han’s death, which is also where the last issue left off. Here Han’s death is played out in six small panels arrayed on a full page split panel. I’ll give the creators some points for arrangement. I like they way they show Han being skewered and falling to his death in the background with the more intimate and details panels arrayed in blocks of three down the page. One one side we see Han being stabbed, caressing Kylo’s cheek, and being tossed away. Contrasting with that, we see Leia on the other side as she feels Han’s death. If the art was better, it would be a really nice page, however the first panels is very stilted and Leia doesn’t look like Carrie Fisher in two of the three panels.
While the artwork is a weak point throughout the whole issue, and the whole series for that matter where Luke Ross is concerned, there are some good visual moments. The scene of Black Squadron above Starkiller base looks really good. The last few pages of Leia saying goodbye to Rey, her walking up the Jedi steps, and Luke’s reveal also look excellent. Sadly, the rest of the issue leaves a lot to be desired. Some of it is the plain line work and some of it could also be attributed to the simple coloring. It just looks a little plain and bland. The Kylo versus Rey fight in the woods is a good example of how the artwork feels very 2D with a lower quality. It’s not bad, it’s just average, which doesn’t do much to drive up desire for this issue.
The story is a straight retelling of the movie with no extras for fans to enjoy. If you’ve seen the movie, there’s nothing extra to be gotten from the comic. The only interesting thing I spotted was the way the played with Rey’s eye color. Sometimes it’s amber and sometimes it’s blue. It’s hard to tell if that was intentional and if there was any added meaning to it. The comic itself certainly didn’t bother answering the question.
The best thing about this comic that does deserve a mention is the cover art by Paolo Rivera. The cover for The Force Awakens #6 is outstanding. The painted quality of the image is great. It’s the perfect cover. In fact the series has had several solid covers, and even the ones that weren’t amazing looking were still very interesting. If Marvel truly wanted to push the boundaries, they could have done a six issue art series highlighting moments from the movie with full page art pieces done by various artists, thus depicting the movie pictorially with some really nice, high quality art.
In the end, The Force Awakens #6 is a comic that you can save your $3.99 and skip. You won’t miss anything. The art isn’t great and the story doesn’t offer anything worth your while. The same can be said about the entire series. The art is okay, and the story is okay, but by playing it safe, the comic achieves nothing. In my opinion, Marvel really dropped the ball on this one. Fan’s wanted this last year, Marvel dragged their feet, and then put out a mediocre product. It’s very disappointing. As such, I give this issue a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.