The Last Jedi #1

The Last Jedi #1 (of 6)

Writer: Gary Whitta
Artist: Michael Walsh
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Mike Del Mundo (variant cover by Joe Quesada and Richard Isanove)

The Last Jedi #1 comic adaptation is interesting in two parts. Number one, the dialog and narrations are slightly different from the movie. It’s not just a carbon copy of the film. Plus there’s extra scenes which give a new take on the story. In a way, it’s like seeing a different edit of the film.

Number two, the artwork looks like vintage comic art from the 80’s. Both the linework and the coloring look old. Dated. The colors are muted. There’s no fancy lighting effects. The characters, the human faces at least, all have a resemblance to their real life counterparts, but suffer from a lack of detail or a very thick interpretive lens. It’s a rushed, sloppy, impressionistic, newspaper strip style almost. Visually you get the story, and in capturing that old feel, some nostalgic comic readers might enjoy it. On the other hand, you could just say the art sucks. It’s not visually impressive. It’s serviceable but the style is something that might not work for everyone. I’m certainly on the side of not being a fan of it.

So on one hand you get good writing, on the other hand you get visuals that may not work for you at all. On top of all that, it’s an adaptation of a story you’ve already seen on the big screen in glorious special effects. It’s also another example of Marvel not caring about pulling out the stops for great artwork on their adaptations. Every Star Wars adaptation they’ve done has had mediocre artwork, and the editors in charge just don’t seem to care. Of course the editors are also leaving, so maybe that’s a hint that they really didn’t care that much about Star Wars to begin with. Either way, it looks like we’re getting another adaptation with less than stellar artwork. The one plus is at least we’re getting some strong writing.

I give The Last Jedi #1 a two out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

 

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