The Star Wars #7

The Star Wars #7

Writer: J.W. Rinzler
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Nick Runge

There’s a lot packed in to The Star Wars #7, and for Wookiee fans, you’re sure to dig this one. Set in the Forest of the Gargantuas, we find out that the fierce Wookiee warrior Annikin battles in the last issue was Chewbacca, the prince of the Sawas. With the help of Chewbacca and the rest of the Wookiees, Annikin and General Skywalker plan to take over the Imperial base on Yavin.

Overall, this was a pretty cool issue. It’s very strange to see how they story could have been, crossing the elements of Return of the Jedi with A New Hope to form a very different adventure. The Wookiees certainly look more fearsome than the Ewoks and seem like a much better ally against the Empire. However, these Wookiee are also different in design than the one’s we got in the films. The Ralph McQuarrie influenced design is much more like Bigfoot but with large, expressive eyes. As they’re led into battle, the issue lays out an awesome two page battle scene of Wookiees and stormtroopers battling it out.

There’s a good amount of action thrown into this issue which helps keeps things fun and entertaining. Stormtroopers attack the two kids, Biggs and Amber, the Wookiees attack the Imperial outpost, and they even manage to fit in Annikin’s infiltration of the Space Fortress. So, along with all the action, the story makes some good forward movement as it works toward the final issue of the series. With the Wookiees as allies and, surprisingly enough, as pilots too, they’re ready to take on the Space Fortress. This would re-align the story with the familiar climax of A New Hope and the destruction of the Death Star. But with no Obi-Wan Kenobi, and with Darth Vader and the Sith being two different people, I’m not sure how the epic lightsaber duel will go.

Visually, this issue had some good and bad moments, but as a whole, looked very nice. The cover by Nick Runge is very dramatic with Leia drenched in panic, the Sith Knight in center focus, and a Wookiee warrior leaping into combat. I really like the use of lighting with the Wookiee, how sunlight flows down the tree, highlighting his ax and giving him a warm glow. My only gripe with the cover is that the Sith is nowhere in this issue, and thus “Enter the Sith!” seems out of place. Otherwise, it’s a great looking cover.

As for the interior art, there’s an interesting mix of really good looking panels and some very average looking panels that causing a striking contrast. For instance, comparing the second and third panel of the comic, you get a rather plain looking panel with simple coloring  and detail that stands out as a drawing. You look at that panel and your mind thinks “Oh yes, an illustration of three figures.” But the third panel is a close-up of Lars that looks very lifelike. When you look at that panel, your mind forgets that it is an illustration. It looks like a real person. It’s an excellent level of detail and skillful coloring that brings Lars to life.

A lot of the night scenes in the woods have a rougher appearance. This is contrasted by the bright, warm colors of the interior of Owen Lars’ hut which looks much more realistic and lifelike prior to the stormtroopers arrival. Once they enter, the style reverts back to rougher illustration. The more you look at it and break down the artwork, the more interesting it gets, but still, even with the contrasting styles, it still works well for bringing the comic to life.

As The Star Wars nears the end, issue #7 begins to plot out the coordinates for the final battle. With a nice dose of action and anticipation, I’m looking forward to seeing how the story wraps up. The Wookiees were an entertaining addition, and along with the glimpses of the Space Fortress, this series may be able to end on a high note. Either way, The Star Wars #7 was a lot of fun and I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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