Comic Review: Star Wars #64

Published: April 3, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Penciler: Angel Unzueta
Cover Artist: Gerald Parel

The synopsis;

“THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN” PART 3 LEIA leads her covert team deep into the heart of the royal palace of SHU-TORUN. BENTHIC leads the PARTISANS deep inside the horrific edifice of THE SPIKE. A rebel victory could cripple the Empire for good. A little scourging is one thing…but the death of a planet?

The story;

The third part of this story arc picks up immediately after the last issue, with C-3PO and Tunga heading back to the stolen ship. Once on board, Han lifts off and heads toward the next phase of the Rebel’s plan. Tunga gets changed into Queen Trios’ outfit as they land at the Imperial Retreat.

The guards dutifully obey the ‘queen’ who asks for them to all assemble together and leave their weapons to be scanned. Once this is done, Tunga locks them in the assembled room, allowing the Rebels full access to the Retreat. Once at the throne, Meorti slices into the system, giving the Rebels full control of the planet.

Back with the real queen, her guards inform her that all the doors are sealed shut. The queen quickly realises it is Leia and the Rebels, but is helpless to do anything.

Luke, Chewbacca and the Partisans are now able to storm the Spike. All is going extremely well, until Benthic decides that he needs to avenge Jedha…

The review;

With all the groundwork set in the previous two issues, and rightfully so, this issue is a rollercoaster that you just watch unfolding. Knowing what the plan is from part two, we know exactly what is going to happen, or at least, what should happen.

As with the last issue, the thing that keeps grabbing my attention in this comic is the artwork of Unzueta. Every panel is a delight to look at and just enjoy. The man really is a master of his craft. The faces of the characters are perfect. There are also some panels that for me, are simply perfection. The one that I still can’t forget is the panel of Luke charging into the Spike, along with Chewie. The panel so perfectly captures the moment, the movement and the emotions of both characters so well. If for nothing else, this issue is worth it for the artwork alone.

The artwork is only half of a comic, and the writing by Gillen is the other half. The story doesn’t have too much depth this week, and nor should it. This is where everything should be following the plan until it doesn’t. This is the set up ready for the next few issues. That said, the writing of the characters was incredibly well done. You can’t help but hear the voices of the characters in your head reading this, particularly Han, who Gillen gets spot on. Between this and the art, you feel you are reading a movie.

Where the plan fails? The Partisans. Now, you could argue the Rebels know better, or why would the Partisans mess up a mission that, at the moment, is going so well it surely can’t be doomed to fail. But I think this fits. The Partisans do not like answering to anyone and their sole purpose is to sow chaos throughout the Empire. It is very in keeping with who they are as a group, to have them be the ones to mess up the plan. It will also allow us, as the reader, to see just how far Leia will go for her revenge. If you’re read my review last issue, you will know that Gillen spent a lot of time comparing Leia and Trios, and I’m sure we will see it again soon. With the Partisans going to the extreme, it allows Leia to (hopefully) realise she has gone too far, that there needs to be limits, otherwise she is no better than the Empire she is trying to defeat.

This issue shows what an amazing combination Gillen and Unzueta are. They are the dream team. With superb writing and incredible art, you can’t not get drawn into this well thought-out storyline. It is the closest you will get to another Star Wars film in comic form. That this will be Gillen’s last with the main Star Wars title is disappointing but hopefully this isn’t the last of him in a galaxy far, far away. There is so much here for fans, that you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not reading it!

Availability;

Star Wars is an ongoing series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.

Mark 'Spooked Hippie' Alders
Mark’s day job is a primary school teacher, where in his classroom you will find life size cut outs of Darth Vader and Chewbacca, trying his best to educate the youth of today in the ways of the force.