REVIEW: Star Wars #1

starwars1tnSTAR WARS #1

JASON AARON (W)
JOHN CASSADAY (A/C)

CONNECTING VARIANT COVER A BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
TEASER VARIANT COVER BY JOHN CASSADAY
VARIANT COVER BY BOB McLEOD
MOVIE VARIANT COVER
VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
VARIANT COVER BY SARA PICHELLI
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
PARTY VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
BLANK VARIANT COVER also available
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

Synopsis:

THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!

starwars1_8tnReview:

On a book that is this hyped, the chances are pretty good that you’ve already bought this comic. The only way you’re riding the fence on buying it is if you’re worried about it not being worth the hype. You may also be considering not reading it, even though you own it, because it’s just not up there on your priorities in your comics reading. I’ll say it right now, read this comic.

The story accurately captures the feel of the original trilogy, with subterfuge being used and Han hesitant to identify with the Rebellion, although he totally does in this story. Luke comes across as already too detached from the group, on his own quest, when he should be more in the mindset he was at the end of  A New Hope and the beginning of Empire Strikes Back, focusing on being part of the Rebellion. It does feel like Star Wars, though, and that’s the most important part of a Star Wars comic.

John Cassady’s artwork is always top notch, capturing likenesses perfectly and consistently. The action flows well. However, it does not live up the quality that Cassady gave to Planetary or Astonishing X-Men. It’s perfectly handled, just lacking some heart.

Like I said, you should read the comic, and as long as this creative team stays on it, I would recommend reading future issues. I hope that the quality of creative effort continues after Aaron and Cassady move on.