By: Cynthia Ayala
Continued from Monday, the latest in comic book reviews. This article features review on Dark Horse Comics Star Wars #16, that shows the sibling connected of Leia and Luke, unknown to them, Worlds’ Finest #22 that brings the “First Contact” story line to a full close while introducing a new story arc, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #30 that brings in some fun action sequences but sacrifices character development.
Star Wars #16
Something fishy is going on here. The Rebel Alliance has sought out a new home base after the battle of Yavin. However, the problem is that the new safe haven came with a cost that is putting a rift up between the troublesome trio: Luke, Leia and Han. Leia has agreed to marry the Prince on the new planet and that has put up some walls between Han and Leia, but also between Leia and Luke. Readers have to remember that they were close (not that close!) and that this was before they knew they were brother and sister. Nevertheless, the bond is there, undeniable established, confusing the pair of them and making their relationship rocky. Luke is acting more and more reckless, like his father before him (if readers go by the characterization in those three movies that shall not be mentioned) and Leia is acting like the royal she is, but also like the warrior that she is, turning into the older sister.
The issue holds a lot of tension within it, as well as a lot of depth that Star Wars fans are going to understand. The expressive nature that the artists have given the characters really builds the story, especially those scenes with little to no dialogue. It’s a very captivating issue because while the tension between the trio is there, the surrounding cast members are not forgotten within the story. Around them the story is building, Wedge is trying to lead a squadron of high and mighty nobles while the Prince lets a snake whisper in his ears about Leia.
A strong story with excellent writing that proudly picks up properly after Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
SCRIPT: B. WOOD
PENCILLER: S. CRÉTY
INKER: J. HUGONNARD-BERT
Worlds’ Finest #22
Now and Then
Slow but strong. Those are the two words that properly capture this issue. The reason is due to the fact that this issue was really just about closing the First Contact story arc where Batman and Superman met Power Girl and Huntress, discovering who they were as well as their origins to help Karen get rid of the nasty nanites messing with her powers.
After the events of the First Contact story arc, Power Girl and Huntress discovered what has become of their home, finding a doorway back. Except with the evil Superman on the other side, Helena destroyed the portal to prevent evil Superman from taking Karen.
Now the girls are divided, but still strong with one another. These girls really are like Batman and Superman, true to each other even when they strongly disagree with one another about things. They are loyal to one another, having that strong connection with one another, which is why this comic works. Even when the story is underwhelming, like in this issue, the characterization, dialogue and dynamic between the characters is what will hook any reader. It’s fun and quirky, giving readers the true female equivalents of Batman and Superman.
This is just a great comic and these girls are absolutely lovable.
WRITER: P. LEVITZ
PENCILLER: R. B. SILVA & Y. CINAR
INKERS: J. WEEMS, W. FAUCHER & Y. CINAR
Red Hood and the Outlaws #29
The Big Picture: Part 2
Very fun issue.
So Roy is on Kori’s ship that has been stolen by joy riding aliens, so Kori and Jason have to break into S.H.A.D.E’s base in order to steal a ship that will take them to Roy. So it’s Kori and Jason versus Frankenstein.
An action packed issue, with some good characterization, but with Kori, it was another step back. It seems that when Kori is around Roy, her personality brightens, but whenever she is alone or with Jason, her character becomes stagnant, emotionless. She’s not a captivating character, but in this story she shows her skills and is able to take down Frankenstein with her mad skills.
But Roy is by far one of the best parts of not only this series but also this issue. Taking on the aliens alone, he uses his mechanical genius combined with his skill with his bow and arrow. Then there is his narrative that is funny and charismatic, making his character jump off the pages. All alone, causing trouble and taking down the bad guys really makes him the best part of the series.
ART BY: R. SANDOVAL
COVER BY: P. TAN
WRITTEN BY: W. PFEIFER