REVIEW: Star Wars #16 Revisits EMPIRE
In Star Wars #16, “Missing in Action,” by Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Clayton Cowles, with a main cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Rain Beredo, we get an idea of what’s going through Luke’s mind at this point in the story… and it’s some pretty interesting material! After a week off of The War of the Bounty Hunters event, Marvel Comics returned to a galaxy far, far away last week, Marvel Blog True Believers.
Star Wars #16
In Star Wars #16, Luke Skywalker is traveling by X-Wing to Jekara, the site of the Crimson Dawn auction of the carbonite-frozen Han Solo.
On the way, he gets the chance to reflect on his battle with Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. This is one of my favorite Star Wars movies, so you can bet that I’ve watched it more times than Solo has exaggerated about the speed capabilities of the Millenium Falcon, and I loved seeing Rosanas channel that movie through his art.
Meanwhile, nothing is more interesting than reading Skywalker’s thoughts about that battle, in which he describes fighting Vader as akin to “fighting a storm.” This calls to mind the scene depicting Vader in Rogue One, in which he destroyed a battalion of Rebel soldiers without a second thought!
Furthermore, we get to see how battling Vader helped Luke push his training further, and how he picked up a few battle techniques from the conflict, an interesting examination of how Skywalker’s training proceeded (and perhaps a hint about why he seems almost like a Dark Side user when he arrives at the door of Jabba’s Palace in Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi).
War of the Bounty Hunters
While we didn’t have any new issues in the ongoing War of the Bounty Hunters event two week’s ago, last week we had two! Stay tuned to Marvel Blog for our review of last week’s intersecting issue, War of the Bounty Hunters #3, followed by our reviews of this week’s issues!