A Future Comics Star Wars

A Future Comics Star Wars

Future Comics Star Wars

The handmaiden that once served Queen Amidala of Naboo has long been determined to find out how Padmé died. Her quest brought her face to face with Darth Vader, and now she’s back once more in the pages of the Sith Lord’s self-titled comic. Star Wars: Darth Vader #20, written by Greg Pak with art by Raffaele Ienco, sees Sabé mysteriously return as Vader looks to crush Crimson Dawn. You can check out the cover and official synopsis of the issue below, as well as first looks at other Marvel Star Wars titles coming February 2022, including Star Wars: The High Republic #14, Star Wars: The High Republic #15, Star Wars: The High Republic — Eye of the Storm #2, Star Wars: The High Republic — Trail of Shadows #5, Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy #2, Star Wars #21, Star Wars: Crimson Reign #2, and Star Wars: Darth Vader #20.


For this cool first volume in the Star Wars (2020) series, the author has come up with an extremely compelling and clever multi-part narrative that I deeply enjoyed. The Destiny Path has a strongly character-driven story, following Luke, Leia and Lando as they attempt to recover from the traumatic events of The Empire Strikes Back. The narrative starts right after the heroes escape from the Cloud City at Bespin (technically before the closing scene of The Empire Strikes Back) and places the shell-shocked characters right in the middle of a firefight against an intriguing new foe. The next stage of the story contains an intriguing couple of sequences aboard the Rebel medical frigate, showing off some new angles to the film’s final scenes, while also following Lando and Chewie as they head to Tatooine to scope out Jabba’s palace. This part of the narrative is very clever and exciting, especially as it paints Lando as a bit of a wildcard, with unclear loyalties. The next section of the comic takes Luke, Leia and Lando back to Bespin, each for a different reason. There are some high octane and emotionally rich comic issues here, especially as all three of the characters are forced to face up to their recent mistakes and losses, while also taking on the Imperial garrison stationed there. All of this leads up to the final part of the book, which is primarily focused on Luke, who journeys to several distant planets following a vision to find a new lightsaber. There are some really cool sequences here as Luke continues to battle his own personal demons (and a real one, but we’ll get to that later), before eventually coming away with an unexpected prize. All these disparate storylines work really well on their own, but their real strength lies in the way in which they tie together perfectly throughout The Destiny Path. You end up getting a fantastic story as you follow one major event to the next, and I liked the unique tales contained within each section. All of this serves as an awesome and powerful start to the Star Wars (2020) series, and there are plenty of hints of awesomeness to come as the Rebels bounce back while Luke continues to grow as a Jedi. Epic Star Wars storytelling at its best!

The excitement around Dark Horse Comics is the confidence it brings to the material. The company knows, and we know, that it can kick butt with Star Wars comics. The IDW books are fun enough, but they feel second-tier to what Marvel is doing. Dark Horse has already proven itself many times over, not only with the Star Wars franchise but with young readers too. For decades, it was the home of Usagi Yojimbo. All-ages comics have never been better. (Source: filmschoolrejects.com)


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