Review: Marvel’s Star Wars #28

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If you didn’t catch my review from last week, I’ll put it simply: I haven’t been impressed with Marvel’s Star Wars as of late. Issue #27 felt like an unnecessary retread of Obi-Wan and Anakin, and the artwork left something to be desired. By the end of it all, I was struggling to muster excitement this morning as I gave Marvel more of my money.

Thankfully, this issue is a vast improvement. The story starts with Yoda and the prisoner from last week traversing up the mountain. Yoda’s inability to circumvent the stonepower’s nullifying effects is demonstrated poignantly when he is unable to stop his companion from committing suicide—something that completely caught me off guard. Star Wars is no stranger to darker tones, but the scene was disturbing nonetheless.

Yoda continues to make his way through the mountain, only to discover he’s no longer alone. In a not-really-that-surprising twist, we discover the adults aren’t really “gone,” but were banished to the heart of the mountain. More so, they’ve decided to leave the children behind to their own devices. “We may have started the war, but they refused to live without it,” one of the adults tells Yoda. His reply? “From you they were sired. What they are, is what you made of them. What your war has made of them.”

After leaving the adults, Yoda then discovers Garro, a child placed in the mountain because he was too weak, not strong enough to kill. Of course, Yoda praises the child for this and submits himself to Garro in order to learn more about the stonepower. In doing this, Yoda discovers something many of us suspected: the mountain is alive.

What does this mean for the next issues? It’s hard to say. The cover of the next issue shows us Yoda facing off with some sort of creature, not dissimilar to what we saw in the first issues of Poe. Then there is a brief interlude on Tatooine towards the end, where Obi-Wan, trying to diffuse a tense situation, gives away his cover. However, the person who notices him is not interested in turning the Jedi into the authorities. In fact, the hooded figure ends up being someone from the mountain, indicated by a symbol we see on the foreheads on the adults and Garro. Luke recognizes the sketch in Obi-Wan’s journal and sets course for the Vagadarr system, hoping to save his droid friends and become a Jedi in the process.

Conclusion

I’m still struggling to see the significance of this story in the grand scheme of things. The idea of the stonepower, something able to perplex even Yoda, seems almost too big to add to the Star Wars universe with no (evident) mentions previously. Will the payoff be worth it in the end, though?

Wait and see, we will.

Additional thoughts:

  • Yoda is one of my favorite Jedi (alongside Qui-Gon and Quinlan Vos) because of his humility and wisdom. While some of the dialogue seems to be less “Yoda-esque” than normal, he continues to be as insightful and humorous as ever. He also serves as a bleak reminder of what the Jedi Order used to be and why it eventually fell.
  • The political commentary in this arc, intentional or not, is haunting. It’s easy to count the cost of war in dollars and cents, or even soldiers lost, without thinking of how children and innocents suffer.
  • I’m officially cursed. There’s mention of the word “gullet,” and I immediately found myself hoping we’d be seeing our favorite cephalopod. I regret to say I walked away disappointed.
  • Also, let’s just take a moment to appreciate Immonen’s work with this week’s cover. Absolutely gorgeous.

Pick up Marvel’s Star Wars #28 now from Amazon.

Marvel's Star Wars

Published by: Marvel Comics

Release date: February 1, 2017

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Salvador Larroca

Coloring: Edgar Delgado

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