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Marvel Unlimited: This Week’s Star Wars Releases

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    We look at the new releases on Marvel Unlimited this week.



    Marvel Unlimited is the Star Wars comic publisher’s subscription service.  Think of it as like Netflix/Spotify but for Marvel comics. The comics are released on the service six months after they’re released for individual purchase (either physically/digitally). 



    They’ve got the entire canon Marvel Star Wars back catalogue in their library plus anything they’ve released under the Legends banner. 



    <span lang='EN-US' xml:lang='EN-US' data-contrast='auto']<span>Released this week:  

    [​IMG] Writer: Ethan Sacks Artist: Luke Ross



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    Summary:



    The second of the four-part mini-series, set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, continues the story of the Resistance’s pursuit of supplies and allies while Kylo Ren hunts down any who come into contact with his enemies. 



    Finn and Poe fend off bounty hunters looking to claim the First Order’s Bounty on Finn’s head. Meanwhile, Leia pays respect to a lost friend and attempts negotiations for help with the people of Mon Cala, but there might be a traitor in their midst. 

     

    Verdict:



    It’s not essential Star Wars and it plods along without really doing much at times. We’re halfway through and the series hasn’t really soared. It’s not bad by any means, but it does tend to go through the motions. 



    It's not all negative though - we get more information on Admiral Ackbar and Leia’s reaction to his death, as she interacts with Ackbar’s son (who appears in The Rise of Skywalker). Luke Ross’ art also brings nice flair to the story. We also get to see Rose and Rey's friendship explored, which is nice to see.



    Full review with spoilers here.

     

    That’s all for this week! Happy reading, stay safe and may the Force be with you, always. 

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    They’ve got the entire canon Marvel Star Wars back catalogue in their library plus anything they’ve released under the Legends banner.  

      

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    [​IMG] Writer: Ethan Sacks Artist: Luke Ross



    [COLOR=#ffcc00; text-decoration: underline]Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance #3[/COLOR]



    Summary:

    The third issue of this four-part mini-series finds us continuing our heroes' struggle to rebuild the Resistance. Rey, Chewbacca, and Rose have to deal with the consequences of their brawl while Leia continues her quest to get the Mon Cala government’s support, leading Rey into some ‘aggressive negotiations’ in the planet’s arena. Meanwhile, Poe and Finn try to outwit a team of bounty hunters that have them pinned down. 

    Verdict: 

    The characterization of all the main characters is great: you can really feel the bond that has developed between Poe and Finn, between Rey and Rose and in turn their dedication to Leia and the Resistance’s cause. The issue is let down by some overused tropes (e.g. trial by combat) and that the stakes just don’t feel that high. Especially considering, in retrospect of The Rise of Skywalker’s release, the issue doesn’t set-up or lead us into the film. It is adventurous though, and if you want to see more of the characters it’s definitely a fun way to, with the Poe and Finn story involving wielding the harpoon gun from a Snowspeeder against a shape-changer! Full review with spoilers here.  



    [​IMG] Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Phil Noto



    Star Wars #73 



    Summary: 

    Part VI of the ‘Rebels and Rogues’ arc continues as our three stories become more entangled. Luke wants to retrieve his stolen lightsaber while also protecting a secret base of rebels and Han’s been captured and it's up to Leia and her former boyfriend, Dar Champion, to free him by making difficult deals with the local crime boss. Meanwhile, Chewbacca and C-3PO strive to stay alive amongst the rock people and Vader, who has his own intentions. 

     

    Verdict: 

    It’s a solid issue with lots of fun twists, as it’s nice to see the three separate stories start to connect up again. The issue does highlight a bit of Vader fatigue (as in we see him fail too much) but we do get some interaction between him and C-3PO which is interesting considering he created him. Also, with C-3PO, it’s been nice to have Chewbacca actually listen to him and the two having real conversations, rather than 3PO just getting interrupted or ignored. We also see a little exploration of the feelings Leia has for Han which is a positive step towards where the characters will be as we close in on The Empire Strikes BackDefinitely worth reading and a great addition to the arc. Full review with spoilers here



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    Marvel Unlimited is the Star Wars comic publisher’s subscription service. Think of it as like Netflix/Spotify but for Marvel comics. The comics are released on the service six months after they’re released for individual purchase (either physically/digitally).



    They’ve got the entire canon Marvel Star Wars back catalogue in their library plus anything they’ve released under the Legends banner.



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    [​IMG] Writer: Ethan Sacks Artist: Luke Ross



    Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Allegiance #4



    Summary:

    The final issue of this mini-series has Finn, Poe and BB-8 continue their escape from the clutches of the bounty hunters. Meanwhile, Rey and Rose chase after a Quarren who attempted to assassinate Leia, while she continues to rally for Mon Cala aid with the First Order looming above the planet.



    Verdict:

    It’s a rather disappointing end unfortunately. Nothing is essentially bad but for a series bridging the gap between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, it doesn’t feel like it adds much to the narrative. This was released pre-Rise of Skywalker and in retrospect has very little bearing on the film other than the inclusion of one background character, Admiral Ackbar’s son, Aftab. Everything about it is ok and nothing packs any real punch, it's not really worth reading unless you're a completionist. Full review with spoilers here.





    [​IMG] Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Elsa Charretier



    Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 



    Summary: 

    Aphra may be stuck on a Star Destroyer but that doesn’t mean she can’t still ‘help’ other people. Set mostly in the Mos Eisley Cantina we reunite with Husband and Wife hunter duo, Nokk and Winloss along with Wookie Black Krrsantan, the infamous bounty hunter. It’s a classic Aphra mystery of who’s betraying who under the hot twin suns as Nokk searches for the man that betrayed her and Krrsantan will do anything to get back into Jabba's favour.

     

    Verdict: 

    The Annuals are rarely essential, and this one is no different. It does, however, allow for some fun. With Aphra more a narrator than a character it’s nice to see Nokk and WInloss, two recurring characters of the main series, get some time to shine. The marital bickering of a human and trandoshian in love is always fun; also, Black Krranstan is always a welcome addition.  The plot is a bit convoluted at times, but by Aphra's standards, nothing compared to what we've seen before! The art matches the story, with a fun, quirky, and cartoony vibe, it won't be for everyone but I liked it. Overall this was a really fun annual and a good side story for both regular and casual readers alike. Full review with spoilers here.



    Happy reading and may the Force be with you, always.





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    Marvel Unlimited is the Star Wars comic publisher’s subscription service. Think of it as like Netflix/Spotify but for Marvel comics. The comics are released on the service six months after they’re released for individual purchase (either physically/digitally).



    They’ve got the entire canon Marvel Star Wars back catalogue in their library plus anything they’ve released under the Legends banner.



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    [​IMG] Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Caspar Wijngaard

    Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #38



    Summary:

    With only two issues left, Aphra may be back working for Vader, he may have her dad captured as well, and her former torture droids now work for him, but it will turn around....right? The father and daughter duo head to a former rebel hideout, led by Darth Vader and chaperoned by torture droids Triple-Zero and Beetee. The Old Jedi-Temple shows the Lord of the Sith people from his past. Meanwhile, the Aphras have to work out a way for Vader not to dispense of them as soon as he sees fit.



    Verdict:

    The issue does a lot towards wrapping up this final arc of the series including hinting that the rebels have gone to Hoth, giving Aphra some closure with her father, as it did with her mother in the last few issues and, putting both the Doctor's former lover/rebel Tolvan and sidekick Vulaada in position for final confrontations with the ever evasive Archeologist.

    This is a fine addition to the series but will be all the sweeter if writer Simon Spurrier can stick the landing over the next two issues and finish this forty-issue series on a high. Full review with spoilers here.



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    [​IMG] Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Chris Bolson; Roberto Di Salvo; Marco Failla



    Star Wars: Target Vader #5



    Summary:

    In this penultimate issue we see the aftermath of the failed attempt to take down Vader. Due to Dengar's betrayal, Beilert Valance is captured and tortured, first by droids then by the Dark Lord himself, for the location of the mysterious 'Hidden Hand' organization. We see more of Valance's backstory, including his home world, the accidents that made him into the cyborg he is, and how his service to the Empire led him to be fighting against it.



    Verdict:

    This issue runs out of steam a bit compared to the last couple but still has the adventurous feel of the series. The slightly slower issue is used to it's advantage though as we find out Valance's past and the issue repositions itself to set up for a hopefully impressive finale.

    The series itself continues to enjoy a self-contained feel. It isn't looking to change the Star Wars Galaxy forever but have fun with Valance's character and the fact that he can rip his robotic arm off and reattach it at will. If you've come this far into the story it's definitely worth continuing as we're set up to find out more about the 'Hidden Hand' in the series' final issue. Full review with spoilers here.



    [​IMG] Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Paolo Villanelli



    [COLOR=#ffcc00; text-decoration: underline]Jedi Fallen Order: Dark Temple #4 [/COLOR]



    Summary:

    With one issue left in this prequel to the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game things are heating up between  the Fylari people and the Daa corporation on Ontotho. Padawan Cere is siding with the Fylari and trying to keep Dylanto Daa and his men from storming the ancient temple. Her master Cordova is more interested in the secrets the temple holds and is convinced the Fylari natives are hiding something...



    Verdict:

    Overall this has been a successful tie-in so far with the video game, and this issue continues to show how Cere and Cordova are turning into the people we see in the game. It's not essential, especially if you have no interest in the game, but the art work is great and the story isn't lazy like some tie-ins/adaptations can be. I'm very interested to see how the series ends next issue! Full review with spoilers here.



    [​IMG] Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Phil Noto

    Star Wars #74

    Summary:

    Split into three groups around the galaxy, our heroes' stories are about to converge. Han, Leia and Dar continue to evade the Star Destroyer while forming a plan to destroy it, Luke is running from the Empire with the untrustworthy Warba in her speeder, and Chewie and 3PO need to work out a way to disable the bombs they've planted, keep the native Kakrans safe and evade the pursuing Darth Vader!

    Verdict:

    The strength of the Rebels and Rogues arc has been splitting the protagonists up into seperate groups and giving them time to shine. The highlight being the C-3PO and Chewbacca pairing. Seeing Chewie as a leader and giving 3PO time to express himself has been a great dynamic. This issue forwards Luke's plot the most while setting up things for the final issue.

    This is an odd arc to finish the series on as we're approaching Hoth fast and it looks to be coming out of nowhere and it may be jarring when it happens. We'll have to wait for now, we've got the final issue left and it's set to be a wild ride. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Doctor Aphra #40



    Summary:

    This is it! The end of Doctor Aphra's first solo series (though not the last). Aphra wants to be free, but she's got a lot of hurdles to face before that. She has to deal with two maniacal droids and attempt to keep her ex-girlfriend, father, and sidekick safe.  If that wasn't enough she's being stalked by a furious Vader chasing her through the halls of an ancient Jedi Temple. Can she finally be free of the Dark Lord?

    Verdict:

    Luckily this is a great issue to finish off the strong series. It's the Aphra we've come to know and love with her tricks and smarts helping her survive, but only just. The issue has a lot of twists and turns while also being quite emotionally weighted. We hear Aphra talk about her regrets and mistakes she's made over the course of the series and the loneliness it brings her.



    Hopefully this arc marks some development in Aphra's growth as the series has seen her do morally questionable things over the series and then consistently regret it. The issue also walks the line of Vader-fatigue and as smart as Aphra is it isn't always fun to watch the Dark Lord of the Sith be constantly overpowered and outsmarted. However, Aphra and Vader have a unique relationship and the series does earn its climactic showdown by acknowledging you can't stop Vader, you just buy yourself more time.



    Overall though the issue is a high point and leaves us wanting more Aphra (Luckily, she'll be in next weeks Empire Ascendant special). Full review with spoilers here.



    [​IMG] Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Stefano Landini, Roberto Di Salvo, Georges Duarte



    Target Vader #6



    Summary:

    Another series comes to a close with the final issue of this mini-series. Valance is being blackmailed by Vader to help track down a hidden crime syndicate, the Hidden Hand. Valance has made deals with the Rebels as well to provide them with weapons. Can Valance save his village, keep Vader away and deal with both the Rebellion and the Hidden Hand?



    Verdict:

    This series has never been essential reading but it has been fun and while this ending isn't the biggest bang it's still a sufficient and satisfying conclusion to the story. Nothing is gonna blow your mind and the Hidden Hand are quite underwhelming but Valance is always cool and the artwork is great. If you've come this far definitely finish it but for anyone looking to start the series, it's really only worth it if you love bounty hunters or are a completionist. Full review with spoilers here.





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    [​IMG] Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Ethan Sacks, Simon Spurrier. Artists: Luke Ross, Roland Boschi, Paolo Villanelli, Caspar Wijngaard.



    Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1



    Summary:

    It's prologues and epilogues abound as this one-shot carries us over the threshold of The Empire Strikes Back in the set-up for for the four series set post film. It's four short stories: Poe Dameron's parents are stuck inside the Hoth rebel base with no chance of survival, Death Troopers live up to their name in service to the Empire, cyborg bounty hunter Beilert Valance is on a job for Han Solo, and Doctor Aphra's companions struggle with the news that Aphra isn't coming back.



    Verdict:

    It's a fun read all round with the Star Wars, Vader, and Bounty Hunter series all serving as prologues/teasers to what may come in the main series' and Doctor Aphra's story a nice epilogue for her supporting cast. The one-shot isn't nearly as essential as was anticipated but it is a nice way to transition the series' to their new creative teams. If you've been reading any of the stories from the last few years or plan to with the new #1's then this is worth the read. Full review with spoilers here.





    [​IMG] Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Will Sliney







    Summary:

    How did Ben Solo become Kylo Ren? This is the start of the four part series exploring the downfall of Solo and how he became Ren. The first issue sees us look at the the destruction of Luke's Jedi temple and what Ben does next. I'm not going to say anymore than that because this issue is packed with revelations and I don't want to spoil.



    Verdict:

    Charles Soule does an amazing job in this first issue by challenging what we assumed about almost everything. It's worth reading, even if it is hard to see Solo's descent into darkness. Also, Sliney's artwork is great and his action sequences are super clear. Reading it in a post-Rise of Skywalker world adds extra context as we find out more about Snoke prior to his appearance in The Force Awakens. I won't reveal more because the entire concept of the story has been shrouded in mystery until now. However, if you can't wait to read it, full review with spoilers here.





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    [​IMG] Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Jesús Saiz

    Star Wars #2

    Summary:

    The Post Empire Strikes Back story continues as Leia and the Rebellion try to work out how to continue now that the Empire has cracked their transmissions. Meanwhile, Luke gets his new hand and Lando and Chewie pay a visit to Jabba the Hutt in search of a frozen Han Solo.



    Verdict:

    The time between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is one of the most unexplored periods of Star Wars. So, it's very exciting to see Soule tackle it and that he's challenging our assumptions of what took place in those gaps. This is a solid issue, that while isn't the most action-packed, is setting up all the pieces nicely for some great story telling.



    The continued inclusion of Poe Dameron's parents in the workings of the Rebellion is great, as well as the long road ahead Lando has to re-gain the trust of Chewie and the team. Overall, a great issue with a big cliffhanger! Full review with spoilers here.





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    Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #3



    Summary:

    The true descent begins for Ben Solo as we see the path get even darker as he gets closer and closer to becoming Kylo Ren. Ben meets the Knights of Ren for the second time, looking to join and find guidance. One problem, The Knights of Ren require a death as the price of joining. However, Ben recounts the confrontation with his fellow Jedi, as he's already paid that price.



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    Charles Soule continues to challenge everything we assumed from the films about Ben Solo and his becoming Kylo Ren. This continues to be such a revelatory story seeped in sadness as we know where it ends. Sliney's artwork and Guru-eFX's coloring is exemplary as well, especially in this issues flashback scenes which are so vibrant and peaceful in contrast to the rest of the stories dark and battered look. The mini-series continues to be a must read! Full review with spoilers here.



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    Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #4



    Summary:

    This is the final part of Charles Soule's mini-series. Ben Solo's fall from grace comes to an end as we witness the rise of Kylo Ren and his knights of Ren. The two remaining Jedi have pursued Ben across the galaxy to Mimban, unsure whether they want to try and save Ben.....or seek revenge for their fallen friend.



    Verdict:

    This series has been a wild, amazing ride and both Soule and Sliney should be proud of this story. All our assumptions about Ben Solo/Kylo Ren before we first met him in The Force Awakens have been thrown out the window and given so much more depth in this story. Ben Solo's fall is a tragic story and this comic book is essential reading. Full review with spoilers here.



    [​IMG] Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Raffaele Ienco



    Star Wars: Darth Vader #2



    Summary:

    In his continued quest to punish all those that hid Luke from him, Vader has seen the face of Padmé again. Between seeing the love of his life, fighting Vendaxan land squids, and a chatty droid, Vader has a lot to face, both in front of him and within. Most importantly though, how is Padmé alive?



    Verdict:

    This series continues to excel at connecting the prequel trilogy with the original one and shows us the Vader we see betray his master in Return of the Jedi. The issue isn't plot heavy but utilises flashbacks and dialogue really well to set up the upcoming issues. It's easily worth your time and the art work suits perfectly. Full review with spoilers here.



    [​IMG] Writer: Ethan Sacks Artist: Paolo Villanelli







    Summary:

    This mini-series sees the return of Beilert Valance from Target Vader along with fellow bounty hunters: Boba Fett, Bossk, Black Krrsantan, and Doctor Aphra. The issue starts showing a job gone wrong in the past. We then switch to where the comic takes place, between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The person who ruined the bounty hunters job has resurfaced and they all want revenge.



    Verdict:

    Ethan Sacks mini-series (Galaxy's Edge &amp; Allegiance) have both been misfires and this issues continues that trend. The plot is quite hard to follow at times, the speech is a bit clunky, and nothing really happens that feels fresh or new. The art is good and the familiar faces look cool but this issue could easily be missed, especially with the other amazing issues released this week as well.



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    Bounty Hunters #3

    Summary:

    The chase continues in pursuit of notorious bounty hunter Nakano Lash. Beilert Valance is close when Bossk decides now is the time for a rematch. The past is catching up with Valance and defeating Bossk is the only way he's moving forward. Meanwhile, every bounty hunter in the system has their eyes on Lash, how long can she stay hidden?



    Verdict:

    This mini-series hasn't really found its feet and this issue is much of the same. While the artwork is nice the story itself ranges from confusing to not particularly compelling while the dialogue also feels both stunted and a bit over the top at times. Like I've said before, if you love bounty hunters or want an old school '90s' style comic, this one will do fine but you'd be excused if you decided to give it a miss. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Doctor Aphra #2



    Summary:

    The search for the Rings of Vaale continues as Aphra and her crew arrive at the Lost City. Completely deserted and covered in the carvings of a thousand tortured faces supposedly made out of 'living stone' - if they didn't believe the city was cursed before, they should now! Spoiled aristocrat Ronen Tagge is hot on the team's tails with a promise to use all his money and power to crush them and steal the Rings for himself. There's no choice but to keep moving forward into the darkness.



    Verdict:

    This is a really strong second issue from writer Alyssa Wong using all the set up to move the story forward way faster than I thought it would. Smug, arrogant, and a destroyer of art: Tagge is a great antagonist you love to hate while all the new additions on Aphra's side have also fit in perfectly. The Lost City looks amazing and you can feel the creepy horrors coming from it. Special note to an awesome page entirely taken up by a spiral staircase as our characters descend. This is definitely worth you time! Full review with spoilers here.



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    Darth Vader #3

    Summary:

    Vader dives deeper in his past as he travels with one of Padmé's former handmaidens in the search of the truth behind what happened to her. Flooded with memories of his former self and the woman he loved, searching for answers takes him to a planet he'd rather forget....Naboo.



    Verdict:

    Greg Pak's run continues to fascinate as he weaves the prequel and original trilogy together. Characters from the films (along with those fleshed out by E.K Johnston's Queen's Peril and Queen's Shadow novels) appear in surprising and heartfelt ways. Of course Vader gets his lightsaber out but this isn't a slasher issue, it's a look at the legacy both Padmé and Anakin left behind. Ienco's art shines in this issue as he has to jump between big wide action panels and intimate character moments. Like previous Vader comic runs this continues to be a flagship of the Star Wars' comic book world. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Star Wars #5



    Summary:

    While Darth Vader scours the galaxy in search of his son, Luke has followed his force vision in hopes of learning from the woman who appeared in them holding his lost lightsaber.  He might be eager to find her, but as she flees at the sight of him, she probably doesn't feel the same way.



    Verdict:

    This issue starts with a bang and doesn't slow down. Maybe not quite as revelatory and groundbreaking as the current Vader series, it's nice to see the Star Wars ongoing series focus on one character: Luke, in this case. This issue starts to answer some of the questions posed in previous issues without feeling too dialogue heavy and leaving enough mystery to keep the anticipation for the next issue! Full review with spoilers here.



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    Darth Vader #4

    Summary:

    Vader continues his journey on Naboo searching for the truth behind Padmé's death. As the dark lord looms closer to his wife's tomb others continue to stand in his way. Those that are most loyal to Padmé and that Anakin once called friends will be the final obstacles to the truth.

    Verdict:

    This run continues to be jaw dropping in it's reveals and consequences. Writer Greg Pak weaves Vader's original trilogy with Anakin's prequel trilogy so well. The story is also a fulfilling narrative for us to understand the difference between the machine that cuts off his son's hand becoming the man that throws his former master down the reactor shaft to save his son. This run continues to showcase the best of Star Wars. Read the full review with spoilers here.



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    Bounty Hunters #4 



    Summary:

    The hunt for Nakano Lash continues as Valance and T'onga reluctantly team up in pursuit. Meanwhile, Lash herself faces issues as bounty hunters reach her door and she must defend what she loves most.



    Verdict:

    This comic continues its trend of being unnecessarily complicated (not the good kind) and full of stilted dialogue that all sounds a little forced or unnatural. I'm surprised it's an ongoing rather than simply a mini-series but I imagine it's supposed to contrast the story focused Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoings with something more action heavy. If you add in that this issue was criticized for its depictions of female characters then it's at worst, problematic and at best, boring. Definitely one you can skip. Read the full review with spoilers here.



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    Summary:

    After investigating his wife's tomb on Naboo, Vader's journey to discover what truly happened to Padmé will take him to one final place, Polis Massa. Will the asteroid where Padmé gave birth all those years ago give Vader the answers he seeks? And after, what will he do with the handmaidens and those who have sworn to avenge their fallen queen at all costs?



    Verdict:

    The final issue in this story arc rounds out what has been an amazing run, showcasing both Star War and Vader at their best. This issue perfectly ties up one of the series biggest successes: connecting the Anakin of the prequel trilogy with the Vader of the original while also forwarding the character arc towards the man who turns back to the light side in Return of the Jedi. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Star Wars #6



    Summary:

    Luke has followed his force visions to the planet of Serelia and the force user Verla. In search of a new lightsaber, Verla might know how to find one, but she doesn't believe the price is worth it. However, for Luke, no price is too high or danger too great to deter him.



    Verdict:

    Charles Soule is a master at weaving in plots from other pieces of Star Wars media in a natural way which always makes reading his issues particularly fun. This final issue in 'The Destiny Path' arc is filled with quite a bit of exposition and very little action, that's ok though because the time is used to both explore who Luke is as a person in this time period as well as set seeds for multiple plot points that I'm sure will payoff over the coming issues. If you're a Luke fan then this is definitely the run for you, as these last few issues have kept the focus squarely on him. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Valance is protecting his old mentor, Nakano Lash, but to do that he has to go up against a vengeful Boba Fett. Lash is protecting the child that could end the bloodshed between warring syndicates 'The Mourner's Wail' and 'The Unbroken Clan'. It might all be for nothing though as the ship they're on is being blown up in order to hide the truth.



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    This issue is an improvement over the last few of this series, with the fight between Valance and Fett well staged with art worthy of the confrontation. The plot is still a bit convoluted at times and the dialogue doesn't always seem natural but hopefully though this marks somewhat of an improvement for the series. As has been said since this series started, your enjoyment of this is going to be entirely dependent on how much you enjoy bounty hunter stories.



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    After suffering multiple betrayals, Aphra is now trapped underground in the Catacombs of Vaale, while her former teammate Lucky is on his way to hand over their prize, the rings of Vaale, to the despicable Ronen Tagge. Lucky didn't betray Aphra for no reason though, Tagge's controls the fate of something very dear to him.....his brother.



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    This is the penultimate issue for the Fortune and Fate arc and all the pieces are moved into place for the finale. Marika Cresta's artwork continues to compliment the writing perfectly, especially the utter creepiness of of the catacombs. Ronen Tagge excels as a slimy, greedy villain you love to hate and Alyssa Wong has done a great job writing him without making him seem over the top or comically evil. This is a slower issue than any we've had so far in this run but a necessary one, providing depth to Lucky while positioning all the characters for the the next issues big showdown. Full review with spoilers here.



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    Commander Zahra and the Imperials have been hunting down the Rebels for so long, but for Zahra finding Princess Leia is personal, and we’re about to find out why: Grand Moff Tarkin. His legacy stretches far beyond his demise on the Death Star, and he's still causing issues for the Rebels.



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    While this issue sets up the big confrontation between Zahra’s Imperials and Leia’s Rebels, the bulk of it is comprised of flashbacks as Soule explores Zahra’s past as Tarkin’s protégé. The story, while a simple one, is a lot of fun, as we see Zahra's drive to be the best and impress her mentor. Tarkin is always a great character to see, and it's especially rewarding to see references to James Luceno's 2014 novel Tarkin with Soule incorporating the backstory established there. Giving our villain some depth is a very smart thing to do, but it will be the next few issues that reveal whether Zahra is a villain worth giving a backstory to. Full review with spoilers here.



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    I have never read a SW comic....is that bad? Not sure where to start.....
     
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    Tell me more about this "Aphra".....I know not what you speak of......
     
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    Shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but these are bad...

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    Aphra is great.
     
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    She is a space archeologist with two droids as companions, a protocol droid and an astromech, both of which are assassin droids. She first appeared in the Darth Vader comics, but people liked her so much that she got her own line of comics. Think of Indiana Jones, but in space, female, and with no morals.
     
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