By: Cynthia Ayala
Launching off this weeks’ reviews with Star Wars! In this latest segment I’m covering Star Wars #18 as the Rebel Forces are betrayed on Princess Leia’s wedding day. But of course, she is as prepared and unwavering as always, capturing her strong personality. Then I’m covering Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir #2 where it’s him against Count Dooku. You just can’t keep a good Sith down…especially one who is working with a Witch of Dathomir.
Star Wars #18 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 11, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Wedding Day Destruction
The Rebel Alliance has been betrayed in this latest issue. Turns out the new home for the Rebel’s had a snake in it’s midst, the man who was closest to the king sold out the wedding day to the empire. But of course, the Rebel forces are nothing if not prepared for every eventuality. Lucky for them.
This issue brings the trio back together, separated by the marriage that threatened to tear them apart as their connections and love for one another was put to the test. What made this issue especially spectacular of course was Princess Leia, the diplomat and the warrior. Carrying a blaster to her own wedding, she was able to protect those close to her and protect those she loves. Of course, Solo and Luke are well equipped to take care of themselves.
But, once again, this issue was made spectacular by the reliance in the Rebel Forces, the way they are able to hold it together and take down their enemies. Additionally, there is the added benefit of seeing more Darth Vader in this latest issue. His presence continues to be a powerful one and it continues to rise and build the series. Brian Wood is a brilliant writer who captures these characters perfectly as he writes these impressive stories that build the rebel forces. Each story is action packed and has amazing character development coupled with impressive dialogue and narratives.
Disney, you better keep up this good work.
WRITER: BRIAN WOOD
PENCILLER: STEPHANE CRETY
INKER: JULIEN HUGONNARD-BERT
COLORIST: GABE ELTAEB
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS
Star Wars: Darth Maul — Son of Dathomir #2 (RELEASE DATE: JUN 18, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.50)
Son of Dathomir | Part 2
You just can’t keep a good Sith down.
Darth Maul, previously thought dead, previously captured and interrogated by his old master is seeking his revenge for his abandonment. But he is aided by his mother, a Witch of Dathomir with mysterious powers.
With her added to the mix, this series really has a strong female character in the comics, even though we, as readers, don’t see many of her strengths, the narrative and the dialogue surrounding her character really has built much surrounding her character while still shrouding her in mystery.
Additionally, there is the fact that Grevious and Dooku have been outsmarted by Maul and his forces as they have brought down the forces in order to bring Palpatine into a trap and destroy him. Obviously something goes wrong because they don’t succeed (if only), but the intrigue in the plot and the additional story building adds to the expanded universe, whether it’s canon or not. Keeping that in mind, it’s a very good issue that highlights Maul’s strength but also his dependency on taking orders to make a plan work. It’s not enough that he builds his rage, in the last series readers saw how that failed him. Maul has the problem of keeping his head clear as he focuses on his rage in order to make something happen and make a plan succeed.
Over all though, a very good issue. I hope to see more of his mother in the next issue.
WRITER: JEREMY BARLOW
PENCILLER: JUAN FRIGERI
INKER: MAURO VARGAS
COLORIST: WES DZIOBA
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS