GRAPHIC NOVELS

Star Wars

John Cassaday & others (illus.). Vol. 1. Marvel. Sept. 2016. 296p. ISBN 9781302900984. $34.99. Rated: T. SF
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OrangeReviewStarThe Death Star has been destroyed, and the Empire is attempting to strike back at the dastardly Rebellion. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are making a surprise attack on a massive munitions plant on Cymoon 1. The invasion goes poorly, and soon all are fleeing an angry Darth Vader. Afterward, Luke goes off on his own to find out more about the Jedi, while Han and Leia meet a fellow smuggler from Han's past—a friend he certainly does not wish to encounter. Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Mon Mothma, and others join in the fun as the greatest space adventure continues. Halfway through this volume there's a surprising tale from Obi-Wan Kenobi during his time on Tattoine as he watched a young Luke grow into a man. The artwork is stunning, as writer Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and artists Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Simone Bianchi (Thanos Rising), and Stuart Immonen (Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.) work to create a seamless story line.
VERDICT With a cast of universally known and loved characters, this volume, collecting the first 12 Star Wars single issues, will fly off the shelves faster than the starship Millennium Falcon can outrun Imperial Star Destroyers.

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