Comic Review: Star Wars #73

Published: October 23, 2019
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciler: Phil Noto
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

The synopsis;

MOMENTS OF TRUTH! Who is DAR CHAMPION and how far can LEIA trust him when HAN’S life is on the line on BOSS CARPO’S golden starship? What shocking lesson will LUKE learn when WARBA finally reveals her true self? And when faced with his lost past, can THREEPIO seize control of his destiny — and be the hero of his own story? The lives of thousands of rebels hang in the balance as our heroes grapple with their greatest doubts and challenges!

The review;

Like a fine wine, this story arc has been getting better and better with age. Issue 72 showed us a real depth to the story that hinted at all sorts of possibilities to come. With the next comic here, has Pak been able to keep the trend he has set so far?

This issue begins on Lanz carpo, following Han and Leia. As in most cases, Han steals the show. The humour that comes from him is fantastic. In typical Han fashion, he tries to talk himself out of everything…. fourteen times! It’s little sides of humour like this that show how much of an understanding Pak has of these characters. It works so well. We also get to see Han fashioning one of his outfits from Solo. I like seeing this form of continuity in Han’s wardrobe, rather than him having what seems to be a never-ending change of wardrobe.

We finally get to meet Boss Carpo, although not for very long. To have him as a Bith I think is great. The sequel trilogy is almost devoid of these classic aliens that really set the Star Wars universe apart and so to use a species like the Bith again is most welcome.

The second part of the story takes us to K43, which has been the most enjoyable part of the issues for me recently. My instant reaction to this first part, was how powerful can Vader be? Just as I’m questioning this, and answered perfectly by Pak, I then have another question: C-3PO can lie? I guess I’ve never really thought about it, but how much is programmed into Threepio. I think I just presumed he couldn’t (because there have been moments where he really should have!). It does take me back to the Star Wars audio drama, where Threepio and Artoo pretend to be selling things to get away from the stormtroopers in Mos Eisley. With it now canon, I think this could open the character a little more!

My biggest problem with this part of the story was it was too short, I wanted more. Yet, we are starting to see how the three stories are going to come together. It leads us to a tremendous moment where Vader senses Luke, it’s done perfectly. It’s a small, two panel moment, but the art draws you into it. It also reminds us, as the reader, what Vader is really doing there. No matter what tangents the dark lord goes off on, his primary goal is to find Luke.

The final part sees us back with Luke. Warba mutters he should be more careful with his lightsaber if it’s so precious. I can’t argue with the lady! Luke is so dreamy eyed, that you forget he hasn’t seen so much of the galaxy to understand what it is like; his idealism still blinds him. It’s tales like this, that will teach Luke about the world around him. Although his head is in the clouds, we also get to see the other side of him, the hero of the Rebellion. He will sacrifice himself with others, he will do what’s right because of his idealism. You can see why the men look up to him. As he tells Yoda, he’s not afraid and trusts utterly to the force.

The threads of this story are starting to be weaved together and I can’t wait to see our heroes reunited. That said, I think it’s going to be over too quickly! This comic seemed to disappear before my eyes, and I felt wanting in almost all of the parts. With us fast heading to the finale, the depth of the last issue has had to take a step back, to help increase the pace and get our characters to where they need to be. I just really wish they could take a little longer getting there…

Availability;

Star Wars is an ongoing series available from Marvel. This issue is available via the Marvel App and all good comic bookstores. 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.