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Comic Review: Star Wars #14

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 4:24 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Sean Cooke

Cover by Sean Cooke

Script by Brian Wood

Pencils by Facundo Percio

Inks by Dan Parsons

Colors by Gabe Eltaeb

Published by Dark Horse Comics

 

 

 

 

 

The Death Star is destroyed, the Rebel Alliance searches for a new home, and Darth Vader searches the galaxy for a traitor who embarrassed the Imperial fleet.  Star Wars #14 continues the critically acclaimed series, this time following the exploits of the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Dishonoring the Emperor, Darth Vader is cast out and seeks redemption by tracking down former Imperial Colonel Bircher, a rebel spy implemented into one of the Empire’s top TIE Fighter squadrons.  His search for Bircher takes him to the remains of Alderaan, and the planet of Chandrilla.

Written by Brian Wood (DMZ, X-Men), Wood’s choice to solely follow Darth Vader as opposed to the usual ensemble cast of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and co. is a nice change of pace.  In a typical issue, we don’t get more than a few pages with each character, which can make it hard to develop an ongoing plot, especially when few of these characters get the opportunity to interact with each other.  I’m pretty sure that Han Solo has been trying to escape Coruscant for about thirteen issues now.  But Star Wars #14, an entire story can be read and enjoyed.  This issue ends the arc of a supporting Imperial character and doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, which is such a surprise in comics that it was a little off-putting.

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Facundo Percio’s (Anna Mercury) pencil work is an almost seamless transition from the previous series’ artist, Carlos D’Anda. While not particularly striking on its own, Percio’s work provides a sense of continuity to the look of this book.

Colors continue to be done by Gabe Eltaeb (Green Lantern Corps, Batman: Arkham Unhinged), whose work blends fluidly with Percio’s pencils and Dan Parson’s inks. Eltaeb’s ranged colors pallets mimick both real life and the feel of the original Star Wars movies.

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Like the feeling of the original films, Vader is unstoppable and merciless.

Overall, while the series seems to lack an overall direction, what Star Wars does well is that it feels like Star Wars.  As a longtime fan of the movies and the expanded universe, it’s nice to have a comic to go to each month and feel the same way about this franchise that I did as a child growing up.

Story: 8/10

Art: 7/10

Overall: 7.5/10

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