Jedi News Comic Review: Chewbacca #4

Chewbacca, Part IV

It is a period of renewed hope for the galaxy. After accidentally crash-landing his ship on the Outer Rim planet Andelm-IV, Chewbacca, fearless warrior son of Kashyyyk, has put aside his own personal mission to help a young hero named Zarro.

An opportunistic gangster named Jaum has taken over Andelm IV, enslaving the people – including Array, Zarro’s father – and selling natural resources to the dreaded Galactic Empire. After attempting to rescue her father, Zarro and Chewbacca found themselves trapped within the planet’s deep caverns. Deftly escaping with Jaum thinking them dead, the two heroes head toward the spaceport to get outside help.

Little do they know, Jaum has called for outside resources. The Empire is coming to Andelm IV…

The Review

Darth Vader 16 starts off where Darth Vader Annual 1 ended. It is Vader’s mission to bring the Ore-Barons of Shu-Torun in line. The Emperor is not pleased that Vader killed Karbin, but gives him an opportunity to redeem himself, BUT he has to work with Cylo, which is something that Vader does not want to do. The tension between Vader and Queen Trios is interesting, as she demands that Vader show her respect. Vader agrees to do so, in exchange for her not questioning him.

The Review

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Chewbacca #4 goes full throttle on the action and double dealings as Zarro and Chewie try to take down Jaum. As Zarro keeps saying, they have a plan. But will it work? Suicide droid – check. Disguises – check. Being captured by scout troopers – okay, new plan.

 

The issue begins with Zarro and Chewie heading for the spaceport. Their plan is to confront Jaum. While readers know about the astromech full of explosives, the real surprise is Chewie’s disguise. Firefights break out with Jaum, his Shistavanen friend, and a whole bunch of Imperials. I really liked the flow of the action, the bits of humor, and especially Zarro’s quick wit in lying to everyone. It made for a fun issue.

 

The art is on par with the rest of the series with its bright, colorful panels, clean lines, and attention to detail. The layouts do a good job of conveying the story visually. There’s no confusing panels and the flow stays smooth throughout. The also compliments the light hearted tone of the story.

In the end, Chewbacca #4 is a fun issue. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s fun. The artwork is good, the story is enjoyable, and it works. I give it a four out of five.

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