By: Cynthia Ayala
Rounding up this week, I will be closing with two segments outside of the DC Universe. See, I read more than DC, they just happen to be my favorite. Now, onto the reviews. I’m opening up this segment with Marvel Comics Original Sin #5, where the story seems to have lost track of where it began followed by Star Wars #19 where the writers continue to focus on Princess Leia and her character dynamic with Luke and Han versus incorporating all three perspectives equally in the piece. Enjoy the reviews and have a wonderful weekend!
Original Sin #5 [of 8] (RELEASE DATE: JUL 2, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
What is the unseen?
The last issue left off on quite the cliffhanger. The crew that Nick Fury put together has discovered one of his deeper secrets. Of course, there is still no answer as to who killed the Watcher. Most of the issue was told from the point of view of an old Nick Fury who is recapping why there are so any android versions of himself.
I feel like this story has got out of hand, from figuring out who murdered the Watcher, to figuring out Nick Fury’s part to play in all this. While the writing and story-telling is well done, the story seems to have taken a turn in a complete different direction, which is disappointing, because issues 3 and 4 left off on these amazing cliffhangers. And then there was this issue that failed to live up to those and has completely taken away the story from the tragedy that was the murder of the Watcher.
This issue just seems lost, as though Aaron is trying to bring this mystery into another direction, one that revolves around Nick Fury, a more notable character than the Watcher. While that would be fine otherwise, this issue is nothing but narration as it pulls the readers and his ragtag team into a story about his past, his decisions and why he made them. Great, awesome, readers get more of Nick Fury’s past, but what about the rest of the characters in the series. Aaron pulled out an amazing team out of characters who can’t stand to be together (Emma Frost, Wolverine, Ant Man, Punisher, Gamora, Winter Soldier, Dr. Strange), such amazing characters that never get a word in within this issue.
It’s not that the story is irrelevant, on its own, or on its own story arc, this would be an amazing launching point. However, we’re five issues in on a story that has mainly focused on solving the murder of the Watcher.
With all said, compared to the previous issues, this one was a disappointment.
WRITER: JASON AARON
ARTIST: MIKE DEODATO
COLORIST: FRAN MARTIN
PUBLISHER: MARVEL COMICS
Star Wars #19 (RELEASE DATE: JUL 9, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Four against the Galaxy
The quartet of heroes are back again on this new adventure to save an old friend of Princess Leia. Her friend is deep under cover, but there an assassin droid tracking her, hunting her, and she had no other choice but to grab the attention of the Rebel Alliance for an extraction.
Princess Leia is trying to make up for a lot in this latest issue as she tries to reconnect with her unknown brother and future husband, both of whom were torn by her decision in the previous story arc to marry the prince of Arrochar, a plan that ended disastrously when those with power betrayed the Rebel Alliance to the Empire. So right now, Princess Leia has a lot of guilt inside her character, and she’s taking on an un-sanctioned mission in order to make it up to herself and an old friend she hasn’t seen in over a decade.
Over all, it was a well written issue, my only complaint would be that in the past few issues, more focus has been on Princess Leia versus splitting it up into three perspectives. Her character is written well and Leia is a strong female character and really stands out beside her fellow men comrades. But the story also needs to build the perspectives of Han Solo and Luke as well, and unfortunately, the pair of them are getting overshadowed by Leia.
That being said, it’s a well written story and even thought the other characters are getting out shined by the strong female protagonist, the dynamic is still there. Readers are able to see the depth of the relationship here and the depth of the relationship between the trio in this latest issue.
Over all though, I loved this issue as much as I have been loving this series.
WRITER: BRIAN WOOD
ARTIST: CARLOS D’ANDA
COLORIST: GABE ELTAEB
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS