Published by: Marvel Comics
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
By and large, I enjoy reviewing anything Star Wars related. Not everything is stellar (as my review for Aftermath: Empire’s End will indicate), but it’s Star Wars. We are living in a day and age where we are getting new material almost weekly. I doubt any of us could have ever imagined this in our wildest dreams. However, sometimes surplus comes at a cost in quality, and I can’t help but wonder if Marvel’s Star Wars #29 is one of these casualties.
As we learned in the previous issue, there is more to the mountain than meets the eye. For days, Yoda and Garro, his new Rockhawker friend, meditate and commune with the living mountain. Everything seems to be going well until… well, it doesn’t. The change here is surprising, but not because it is well-written. Instead, it seems to be contradictory to previous character development and left a bland taste in my mouth. However, what happens next with the mountain is monstrous (pun intended, of course), and I am
excited curious to see what Yoda does next. Luke’s inclusion in the story is still unsatisfying, although his quip about reading the entire story before landing on the planet was priceless.
If I wasn’t writing reviews for the site, I am fairly sure I would have given up by this point. I’ve moved past wondering how this will tie into the universe at large. I’ve left behind the “This seems too similar to Obi-Wan and Anakin” critique. Now, I’m just wondering, “When will this be over?” So far, there has been little to no indication in how Obi-Wan’s journal entry about Yoda’s story ties into Luke’s journey to become a Jedi and rescue his droid companion (deep breath). And Yoda, a fan favorite, doesn’t save the story from falling flat. What I did enjoy about the previous issue (the political commentary) is missing this time around.
In the end, the story simply feels like filler, but for what? A fight supposedly breaks out between Luke and someone from Yoda’s past in the next issue, but will that be worth the past three issues? Will this conclusion be worth an entire issue consisting of setup?
While I’m still not sold by Larroca’s work in the issue, I will say I am thankful what we see on the cover is not what appears in the story. And despite being a fan of Immonen, this is actually a good thing. I mentioned in the previous review the monster on the cover seemed similar to what we saw in Poe, which was not necessarily exciting. What we get is instead is more unique and fits not only the story better, but also fits well within Larroca’s artistic wheelhouse. All in all, I appreciate the creative diversity and always appreciate daikaiju in the Star Wars universe. (Yoda still feels like glorified tracing, however, so no improvement there, unfortunately.)
If I had to take a guess, this current arc is trying to expand our minds to the vastness that is the Force, to the idea that the creation of Jedi and Sith constructs are reductionist and obstructive. We are seeing this theme playing out in various media, so it would make sense to see it here as well. Would the story have been better served in another series? I have no idea. But it will take a major feat in April for me to go back to these issues and read them in a more favorable light.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
- This is probably the first time I cannot think of anything substantial to include here. If my review didn’t convince you, hopefully this will.