I know we are only in March of 2015, but the most anticipated comic series of the year has been released, Marvel’s Star Wars (Vol. 2). An estimated 1 million copies of the first printing of issue #1 were sold in January, which is crazy-ridiculous. To put it in perspective, the comic that came in second place was Batman, which sold 110,232 copies of issue #38. The commercially successful Walking Dead placed tenth selling 66,097 copies of issue #136. As Darth Vader would say, “Impressive, most impressive.”
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the regular cover and the movie variant cover of the issue. I heard that there were close to 60 different variant covers. Sixty! Priced at $5.00 a piece that’s an estimated $300.00 investment. I say estimated because you know some of those variants are selling for a lot more than cover price.
The last time that Marvel published a Star Wars comic was back in September of 1986 when they published the last issue of Star Wars (Vol. 1). Recently, I read some of those issues and they were…ok, at best. Nothing too memorable except for when Luke lost a leg and C-3PO’s silver leg was used to replace it. Relax continuity fans, I’m kidding.
A fan of the Star Wars movies I am (my best Yoda impression), except for Episodes I-III. Now, I know that’s not a popular thing to say, but Episodes I-III didn’t resonate with me. That being said, I can enjoy a good Star Wars comic.
Issue #1 begins shortly after Episode IV. You’ll notice that Luke is drawn wearing the outfit he did at the end of Episode IV, which is a nice nod. There were a few nods throughout this issue – mostly done by having the characters say one of their famous lines from the movies. At times these verbal nods felt a bit forced, but not too distracting.
I am a fan of the writer and the artist. Jason Aaron has written many things that I have enjoyed, such as, Thor: God of Thunder and Southern Bastards. His writing of Star Wars #1 was good; I could follow what was going on, and for the most part, the characters “voices” were on point. My only complaint about the writing is that for some reason, the voice of C-3PO and Darth Vader seemed a bit off.
I too am a fan of artist John Cassaday. Cassaday’s art was sometimes spot on, and other times it wasn’t. Take a look at the page below. Everything seemed pretty solid except for panel four where Luke’s eyes are closed – Luke just doesn’t look like…well, Luke.
Don’t get me wrong, I thought that the issue was good and I picked up issue #2 to see where the story goes, but I wanted something fresh, something new. Instead, I got a very conservative approach that didn’t take many chances. Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Star Wars #1 (Vol. 2) a rating of seven out of ten Death Star explosions.