We all like Star Wars. Well most of us do. If you don’t you are just afraid to be bundled in with the so called “nerd” clique. So when I saw that there was a new series from Dark Horse Comics containing not only a new story and world, but also using the characters we were introduced to in the films, I wasn’t only excited, I was “geeked” out!
With the battle of Yavin behind them, and the destruction of the planet eliminating Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is in need of a new home, as well as allies and a way of living. The outcome of the battle destroyed their planet, which forced the group to venture to the furthest parts of the galaxy to find a safe place to call home, and at the same time, be completely lost to the Empire.
The story starts out with the trio of Luke, Leia and prolific pilot Wedge, scoping out the Dominus Sector, which is located in the Outter Rim territory, for their new home. Dominus is an unchartered area of the galaxy which would be a great fit for the struggling Rebels. With the battle behind him, and the loss of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi as well as many other people that were dear to him, Luke begins to ponder whether or not he could have changed the outcome. After an extensive dialogue between Luke and Leia, Wedge butts in to let them know they are not alone. Cue the Empire theme music. Enter stage right, a Star Destroyer and Tie Interceptors. How did the Empire command know their exact location? Is there a mole within the Rebel contingent that released their plans and locations to the Empire? This forces Mon Mothma, the Rebel’s political leader to make a change in the way information is communicated. To round off the conclusion of book 1, we witness a conversation between Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine (maybe?). Lord Vader is ordered, primarily because of his failure at Yavin, that he must leave the ship effective immediately and travel to an undisclosed location.
The introduction to a new story in this epic tale is a scrumptious treat for any individual, regardless if you are a hardcore Star Wars fan or just a casual fan of the series. Brian Wood stays true to the roots of the well-known story as told by George Lucas. The cover,”Classic Characters, All-New Star Wars”, basically says it all. Han Solo is still a fast talking schemer, with a witty personality; Leia is still portrayed as a strong leading woman and Darth Vader is still, well, he’s still with the Dark Side. I also have to give some props to the artist, Carlos D’Anda as well as colorist Gabe Eltaeb. Their attention to detail really stood out to me. You can see this in the character design as well as the environments. I also have to mention the cover art by Alex Ross. It definitely gives the book a Star Wars feeling, showing all of the characters we grew up to love or hate for that matter. The 3rd print of book 1 can be preordered from a link on the Dark Horse Comic’s website. Like I said, whether you’re a convention-going Star Wars fan who dresses up, or just someone who has enjoyed the Star Wars franchise for the last 30 some odd years, you will not be let down. I mean come on, its Star Wars!!