Star Wars #4
After the trailer for The Force Awakens, a new issue of Star Wars is just what the doctor ordered. Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s massive Star Wars series continues this month, and while this issue is a quieter one than the previous ones, it’s still one hell of an example of how good this series is.
This issue finds our heroes recovering from their almost successful mission of destroying the Imperial weapons facility. Han and Chewie are fixing the Millennium Falcon, Princess Leia is pushing her fellow Rebel Alliance leaders to keep bringing the fight to the Empire, and Luke is still trying to get the hang of using his lightsaber. In a fit of desperation, Luke announces that he’s going back to Tatooine to find out any information he can on Obi-Wan Kenobi, a decision that does not sit lightly with his new friends, especially when the Empire has every bounty hunter and criminal in the galaxy looking for information on the pilot who destroyed the Death Star. Little does Luke know that Darth Vader is on the desert planet meeting with Jabba Hutt. In a scene that syncs up nicely to the opening issue of Vader’s own series, Vader is there to intimidate Jabba into giving the Empire access to his food and weapon supply.
Like the issue that came before it, Star Wars #4 has a fantastic script by Jason Aaron. His characterizations and dialogue of the main characters is spot on, and his script keeps bouncing along, giving us just enough time with each of our characters to see how the mission affected them. It’s impossible not to read this comic and not hear James Earl Jones, Harrison Ford, or Mark Hamill. The real standout in Aaron’s script continues to be Darth Vader, whose dialogue is so spot on that it’s chilling, and his scenes with Jabba are the highlight of the issue.
On the art side of things, John Cassaday continues to deliver some absolutely knock out pages in Star Wars. There’s a few minor hiccups with some faces, but man, Cassaday’s pages in this issue are breathtaking. Cassaday draws some incredible pages that are just as good as the ones where he’s having Vader crush an AT-AT in previous issues. Tatooine has never looked so good.
Star Wars #4 is evidence that Jason Aaron and John Cassaday can do more than craft dynamite action sequences for this series, they can also create great character moments and expand on the Star Wars universe in fun ways. The characters are spot on, the art is fantastic, and there’s a cliffhanger at the end that will have you screaming for the next issue. Marvel is doing some incredible things with the Star Wars license, and this title is quickly becoming one of the best on the shelves.