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SPOILER SWNN Review: Marvel’s Star Wars #18

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    • With the Rebel base completely overtaken, our only hope is…
    • …Leia…Sana…and APHRA?!?
    • Can they save the Imperial prisoners? Do they want to?
    The Rebel Jail arc of Marvel’s Star Wars continues this week in issue 18. The spoilers for the full issue follow, so proceed with caution.

    Story by Jason Aaron
    Art by Leinil Yu
    Colors by Sunny Gho
    Cover Art by Leinil Yu & Sunny Gho

    The issue opens with Han and Luke delivering their nerf cargo which earns them enough money to cover what Han lost gambling and pay for Rebellion’s supplies. Han isn’t happy with no profit or with the state of his ship after their shaggy passengers left. The bickering between Han and Luke is amusing, especially seeing that Luke isn’t beyond a little blackmail to get Han let him fly the Falcon. It is nice to see their friendship develop and grow towards what we see in the Empire Strikes Back. I was a bit critical of their storyline in the previous issues, because it often interrupted the flow of the main events. Putting their story at the beginning was a good choice though and I quite enjoyed it.

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    Back at Sunspot Prison, the ladies have trouble not just with the attacking droids, but also with each other – especially Sana and Aphra.


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    May I say that I really enjoy these women together? Their dynamic is fantastic. The writers play to their strengths – with Aphra’s technical abilities and shiftiness, with Sana’s strength and typical smuggler’s sass. But, the star is, obviously Leia. She wants to save as many prisoners as she can, despite of these being some of the most horrible criminals and Empire’s servants. Her determination and strength showcase her ideals – she might be at war, but she never stoops to her enemy’s level. We saw in Vader Down that she was tempted, but managed to fight off these urges – for her friends. Yu’s art adds so much to our perception of Leia, I don’t think she was ever presented as such a badass in comics before, at least not in the new canon.


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    Meanwhile, the mysterious leader of the Sunspot Prison takeover is going through the cells killing prisoners by himself. In one of the maximum security cells, he finds a man who is convicted of killing three Jedi. Just a moment before he kills him, the bounty hunter reveals him the secret.

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    This is one point for the theory I have read online and which begins to seem more and more likely by every comic book panel – that the mysterious attacker is none other than Eneb Ray, spy for the Rebellion, of whom we learned in Star Wars Annual #1. Eneb Ray has witnessed Palpatine’s power first hand and on his own skin. Furthermore, he was sent on that assignment by Princess Leia. As he continues to murder the prisoners, the attacker is baiting Leia insinuating the connection between them.


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    The three ladies manage to break into the control room and save C-3PO and R2-D2. While Leia interrogates the hostile droids, the help arrives. Han and Luke have received the message Sana sent earlier. But, they too have one unexpected visitor.


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    The Rebel Jail is turning into a quite exciting arc. Put aside the fact that this is the side of the Rebellion we never saw before and Aaron is teaming up enemies as necessary allies, the story has a thread of mystery concerning the main antagonist. If he is telling the truth and had crossed paths with Leia before than Leia might face the consequences of her own actions. At the very least, she might witness the changes the war creates in people. If he is a former ally who went mad, how is this going to change Leia?

    The Sunspot Prison is visually stunning and, also, the kind of location we haven’t seen before. I like everything Yu is doing art wise. He and Aaron are excellent team and I hope they will collaborate more within Star Wars galaxy.

    I enjoy these shorter arcs a lot, because the story is tighter and more focused. Aaron brings the two storylines together before the culmination in the next issue that promises to be excellent. If you haven’t been reading it, this arc is the right moment to get the flavor of new Star Wars comics. The arc has only four issues and so far it’s excellent. Additionally, Princess Leia is the focus and those who were disappointed by her comic might be very pleasantly surprised.

    COMING NEXT:

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    • Will Leia be able to save a prison full of Imperial forces?
    • Or will the mastermind of the takeover strike back against the Empire?
    • Find out as “Rebel Jail” concludes!
     
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    I thought the issue was meh. Who was the prisoner in cell 17? If he had killed Jedi, he's been in prison for at least 16 years. Why would he still be in prison? Shouldn't the Emperor have exonerated him? He could've used someone with that skillset to aid in the hunt for the remaining Jedi.
    And how did he get that shank?
    Why didn't that IG-RM droid just crush Sana's throat?

    The Luke and Han stuff was better than last issue, and the last page sets up the next issue nicely. An okay issue that still makes me excited for the next one.
    I'll give it a 6/10, bumped up a point because a Leia/Aphra teamup is pretty boss.
     
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    I don't know who he was, but he probably WAS Jedi hunter for the Empire. Even if he wasn't and he was Jedi killer at the end of the Clone War, this is the Rebel Jail. What is the asset for Palpatine is criminal for the Rebellion.

    How did he get the shank? How does any prisoner? Tootbrush? :D ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    As for the droid, Aphra got to him first, I suppose.
     
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    @LadyMusashi, I definitely think it's Eneb Ray. If it's someone else, there has to be a small side-narrative in the next issue, but Eneb is a good choice, and would be a great expansion to his character, just like Queen Trios after her annual. I can see the banter between Luke and Han growing, hope they have their own arc like the three awesome ladies in this arc did. And do Sana and Aphra go farther back than we thought? Interesting, but I hope not, cause more characters and stories is better than everything being connected haha.
     
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    Great review @LadyMusashi !!! I just finished reading it and definitely I am looking forward to read the next one!!! After going over the last page, I was all screaming - the mysterious villain threatening the "help" (mean Han and Luke)!!

    Lol as I was going over I was just laughing at the thought of Leia finding out about the nerfs - I mean, there must be a reason why she called Han this:

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    Totally agree. They seem like a unlikely team - some sort of Suicide Squad of a galaxy far, far away... well, two thirds of a Suicide Squad with one third of a Justice League. Ang agree, Leia is the star of this team. She is always following her ideals - a thing we can see along all the canon material, and I am pretty sure we will have more to talk about next week when "Bloodline" is released. The very scene you mention from Vader Down is really intriguing, since you see her having a clear shot at Vader when she decides to go and help her friends.

    At one point I was wondering if this guy was someone we knew from Rebels, but I guess it was part of the continuous Jedi hunting after Order 66. If we remember Rebels Season 2 Finale, it seems the Empire is still looking for remaining Jedi.

    I definitely support this theory. Especially since the last place we see Eneb Ray was Arrth-Eno, the Imperial Prison Complex at Coruscant. It would be sort of poetic he is trying to kill as many prisoners from the Rebel Jail when he could not save anyone from the Imperial Prison. And that "I am what you made me" sounds like he blames Princess Leia in some way. If we recall from the beginning of Star Wars Annual, Leia was being sort of condescending with him, telling him even the Bothan spies held him in high esteem so he could accept to go release the Senators from Arrth-Eno.

    Definitely a great cliffhanger.

    Definitely looking forward to find the identity of the attacker - and to see Leia give a good use to that staff!

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    Fantastic review, @LadyMusashi ! Rebel Jail has been an awesome arc. I really hope it's Eneb Ray! That annual was one of my favorites. Really enjoy the increasing connective tissue between comics.
     
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    I think so. Their banter is eerily similar to that of former lovers, in my opinion.

    Edit: which I am cool with
     
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    Talk about 6 degrees of Han Solo. :D
     
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    What the droid told Leia (about the attacker): "He's trying to teach you something, you know, the way you once taught him." If he is Eneb Ray, that would fit perfectly with what we saw in Star Wars Annual.
     
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    D'OH! I forgot that. My bad.
     
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    Eneb Ray seems like a good choice and fits all the plot points. Might not fit the stature of the mysterious armored psychopath though.
     
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    Great review. Yu's art is amazing! Best arc yet looking forward to the conclusion.
     
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