Star Wars #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Cassaday
Colorist: Laura Martin
Before my review, let me give a rundown of the current Star Wars influences in my life.
Yesterday I finished Aaron Allston’s novel Conviction and read the first 300 pages of Christie Golden’s Ascension, books seven and eight of the Fate of the Jedi series that takes place 44.5 years After the Battle of Yavin (as shown in A New Hope). In these pages, Luke, Han, and Leia are parents and even grandparents to a whole new generation of Jedi. The Imperial Remnant, consisting of the various Empire groups scattered throughout the galaxy post-Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, has joined forces with the Galactic Alliance (formed after The New Republic and consisting of a majority of the galaxy’s governments) and the reformed Jedi Order, led by Grandmaster Luke Skywalker. But it wouldn’t be Star Wars if everyone got along peacefully. Enter Abeloth and the newly expanding Lost Tribe of the Sith. Because of the “reboot,” these stories now take place outside of the official continuity; however, I highly recommend exploring more of the expanded universe despite this. While many of the books are not very good, there are specific series that I’d place right up there with the movies. For more information on which books to check out, comment below, and I will be happy to give you a list.
This morning as I ate breakfast, I watched the first episode of The Clone Wars season three on Netflix. Other than a select few episodes, this series is fantastic. From the superb animation to the themes of belonging, individuality, war, love, etc., this is a unique exploration into what I usually find to be the least interesting period in the Star Wars timeline. In a clash between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (using The Grand Army of the Republic and The Separatist Droid Army, respectively) that began on Geonosis (Attack of the Clones), the war essentially leads to the formation of the Galactic Empire with Uncle Palpy as the head. Geared to both kids and adults (though often I feel it to lean more towards the latter), this series is a no-brainer for any Star Wars fan. Not to mention, The Clone Wars series is one of the few stories outside of the movies to remain in-continuity.
In celebration of today’s Star Wars #1 release, I’m wearing my Han Solo/James Bond shirt (click here for image).
Suffice it to say, I’m more than your average Star Wars fan.
So when I heard that Marvel, after Disney having bought the licensing, was preparing to release the first issue in a series taking place between the fall of the first Death Star in Episode Four and the Battle on Hoth in Episode Five when the Imperials strike back at the Rebel Alliance, I was excited…but also weary. Dark Horse tried its hand at covering this same period with Brian Wood’s title of the same name, but after the initial honeymoon stage, I quickly lost interest. In fear of it following the same pattern, I opened the front cover to Aaron and Cassaday’s Star Wars #1 reluctant but hopeful.
It took maybe 3.5 seconds for any reluctance to drain from my body, the void instantly filled with glee. Even though the Expanded Universe may no longer be canon, this story does not go out of its way to conflict with what came before. Instead, it nestles comfortably among the history, forever stitching itself in the fabric of the Star Wars Universe. As for what happened in the story, I would rather you experience it for yourself. As you may notice, several of the other NBC! writers will be posting reviews. I’m sure some of them will most likely reveal what happens in the 48-page issue, so look to them for spoilers. Just know that this Star Wars fan gives it his approval, and that should be more than enough.