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On the DC side of the Multiverse, things are going well for Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl. But Gotham being Gotham, the other yellow boot is just about to drop, in Batgirl #38; it’s Constantine and Doctor Fate vs. the parademons of Apokolips with the fate of Earth-2 in the balance, in Constantine #21; Wonder Woman takes on the disco-era version of the Silver Swan as she fights to nab a Russian spy, in Wonder Woman ’77 #2.
From the Marvel side of the dimensional boundary, Agent Simmons goes undercover at Coles High School, leading to a team-up between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ms. Marvel, in S.H.I.E.L.D. #2; Captain America takes on the Red Skull’s daughter, Sin, in All-New Captain America #3; and it’s the shocking conclusion to the Daredevil-Stunt-Master face-off, in Daredevil #12.
Marvel takes us back to a galaxy far, far away
After 20 years of award-winning stories from Dark Horse Comics, the Star Wars franchise has returned to Marvel. I went into this first issue determined not to like it, as I had been a huge fan of the Dark Horse stories. Thoughts of green, blaster-wielding rabbits occupied the forefront of my thoughts as I opened the first issue. I think I was hooked from the first page, with the familiar, blue, “A long time ago …” introduction, followed by the Star Wars logo on the following page, and a crawl on the next page. John Williams’ triumphant main theme was playing in the theater of my mind. It felt like a movie. It was obvious from the get-go that Marvel is dead serious about the quality of their second attempt at publishing Star Wars. This is the way it’s supposed to be.
It helped knowing that Jason Aaron, whose work on Thor was some of the best storytelling in comics, was taking the writing duties. If it’s at all daunting to write and put voices to characters we all know and love, characters who are the very foundation of our pop culture, Aaron doesn’t falter or take a misstep. Star Wars takes place between Episodes IV and V. The Rebels have just destroyed the Empire’s fearsome new battle station and they’re riding that wave. But there’s still work to be done, and in this first issue, Luke, Leia, Han, and company have their work cut out for them, and we’re given one heck of a cliffhanger. One might say they’re in deep pudu.
John Cassaday, of whom I have been a fan since his work on post 9/11 Captain America, does a great job of capturing the likenesses of our heroes and villains. And with Laura Martin on colors, the final product is a very well drawn comic with a definite Star Wars feel.
I was happy to be surprised by how good this first issue ended up being. Maybe I’m jumping the gun, or blaster, and this is just the first issue, but if the series continues at the pace of the first issue, Marvel has a solid thing going.
This is the Star Wars comic I’m looking for.
And that wraps up Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment at your leisure.
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Michael Brown is a comics nerd and a father who lives in small town Tennessee. When he’s not making his players mad in his “Shadowrun” RPG or experimenting with new and inventive uses of duct tape on his children, you can find him checking out the latest comics and movies for SCIFI.radio!