In Review: Star Wars #7
The cover: A decent, generic Darth Vader cover by Rodolfo Migliari. It’s only Issue #7 of this series and we’re getting generic covers? I’m fearing a “filler” issue from the 1980′s is about to occur. Overall grade: C+
The story: An incredibly mixed issue from Brian Wood this month. This issue is a breather for our characters after the events of the previous six issues. The book opens terrifically on the Executor as the Emperor tears Birra Seah a new one, leading her to consider suicide until a call from a powerful ally stays her hand. This was great stuff and has me anxious to see what the plans for Birra. The next six pages focus on Luke and Leia, giving readers an information dump and a crutch of a setting. This location came off as a cheap shot to get readers’ sympathies, and it could have, if hadn’t been spat out in cliché dialogue. The Han and Chewie sections were great! I loved them. Wood is making me a reluctant fan of the Corellian. However, the final three pages with Leia seemed odd for her to be going solo (no pun intended). I’m loving this book, save the parts with Luke, my favorite SW character, and Leia, my second favorite character. Overall grade: C+
The art: This issue was illustrated by Ryan Kelly, pencils, and Dan Parsons, inks. Like the story, I was mixed. The first five pages are aces! I loved the ships, the Emperor and Seah’s emotions. This was top notch work, unquestionably. Then we get to Luke and Leia. Luke has got the longest face this side of Ephant Mon. Leia fares better, but her mouth is always just a little open showing her teeth. This makes her look like a mouth breather, and, now that I look at the book again, Luke’s doing the same. The pages on Coruscant look better: Han and his female companion look great, but what’s up with Chewie in that one panel? Ouch! Ending on a positive note, this issue has the best Threepio in the series’ short run. Overall grade: C
The colors: This was a high point for this book! I loved the blues on the first five pages, the pink skies on 6 – 8, night on Coruscant (and that face on the top of Page 13–sigh!), and the most famous protocol droid looking great! Gabe Eltaeb has skills! Overall grade: A+
The letters: Dialogue and two sound effects this issue from Michael Heisler. Though, why is it that we get sound effects on Page 14, yet the same action occurs on Page 15, on the same surface, but now there are no sounds? There was plenty of room to insert them on that splash page. Overall grade: A-
The final line: I’m enjoying 9 pages out of 22. That’s not a good average. Overall grade: C+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as possible, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.