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SWNN Review: Marvel's Chewbacca #5

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Hard Case, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Hard Case

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    By and large, Marvel has knocked it out of the park with its multiple additions to the Star Wars universe. From solid mini-series like Shattered Empire to very entertaining ongoing series like Star Wars and Darth Vader and their epic crossover Vader Down, Marvel has delighted comic fans and Star Wars fans alike with their consistent storytelling. However, with so many new additions, there are bound to be a few missteps along the way. Sadly, the Chewbacca series is one of them. Read on for the full review of the final issue in the Star Wars: Chewbacca mini-series.

    Okay. So it might be a bit unfair to call the Chewbacca series a misstep. Maybe a better label for the 5-part series would be an "unnecessary step". Yeah, that sounds about right. This story arc about everyone's favorite Wookiee was an unnecessary tale that came across as an opportunity for Disney/Marvel to push one more series on us as if they were trying to meet some kind of quota. Now, whereas I believe a comic series about Chewie and Han Solo would have been more successful, I think ultimately, as much as everyone loves Chewbacca, he's just not that compelling when he isn't playing off of the old pirate. In light of the events of The Force Awakens, how great would it have been to get one last hoorah with the odd couple? Here's one more label to add to this series: "missed opportunity". Anyways, I digress. Let's get on with the review...

    Issue #5 picks up exactly where the last issue left off. I'm not going to get into all the specifics here, but basically, sometime soon after A New Hope Chewie heads out on his own personal mission and ends up crash-landing on the world of Andelm-IV. There, he meets a young human girl named Zarro, who along with her people is forced into slave labor for an opportunistic gangster named Jaum who has dealings with the Empire. Having been a slave himself, this doesn't sit well with Chewie and he ends up helping Zarro set her people free. At the end of the previous issue, Chewie and Zarro are captured and taken aboard a Star Destroyer.

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    Long story short, Chewie and Zarro escape the Star Destroyer via a TIE bomber and Chewie survives yet another crash-landing on Andelm IV. Maybe this would have been cooler if I didn't just see a very similar scenario on the big screen. I liked that it was a bomber though and not just a typical fighter.

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    Upon landing, the pair make the short walk to Chewie's crashed ship and say their goodbyes. This series has very few redeeming qualities in my opinion and in the end they are not enough to merit the existence of the series, but I will say that the last few pages were the best of the thankfully short run. Through the whole thing, we've seen Chewie do what Chewie does...ripping peoples arms out of their sockets and smashing bucketheads, but the final pages showed us a different side to the big hairy oaf.

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    After giving Zarro his medal that was given to him for his heroics at the Battle of Yavin (I know, what you're thinking...Chewie didn't get a medal!...but Greg Rucka actually remedied this in Smuggler's Run clarifying that he was in fact given a medal; it just didn't fit around his neck, which is why you don't see him with it at the medal ceremony. I know, I know...retconning at it's finest.), Chewie heads home to Kashyyyk with a mysterious box.

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    Within the box is a bandolier, much like his own, that seems to have belonged to a fellow Wookiee who is being remembered in death by his family. Upon arriving at the memorial service for the fallen Wookiee, Chewie presents the bandolier to a young Wookiee who I assume is the dead Wookiee's son. It's all starting to come together now. We then follow Chewie to his home where he is greeted with a hug from a smaller Wookiee, who is more than likely his son Lumpawarrump (his wife Malla was made canon in the junior novel of A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken so I'm assuming they will keep his son's name as well). So there you have it, Chewie's got a family, and Wookiee Life Day is totally a thing; now they are no longer contained to the notorious Holiday Special.

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    I can't say much more about this series than I have already said, but in closing, I will say that although it was not a complete and utter waste of time, it definitely does not serve the overall story moving forward. I appreciate what they were trying to do with Chewie here, but I just feel like a one-shot issue would have sufficed. Unless you are a canon completest like myself, I recommend passing on this one. Until next time, may the Force be with you, and don't forget to support your local comic shops.

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    I agree that this wasn't in any way neccesary... but for some reason I liked this last issue quite a bit.
    As much as Life Day is stupid and silly at times, that's a significant part of Star Wars in my opinion, and the last bits on Kashyyyk I thought were really very sweet. (The beginning part was fine too I guess). I like how we started it all off with Zarro and her plight, then end here with our nice quiet Chewie moment.
     
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    How about "sidestep"?

    I kinda liked this issue (maybe because it was the last?)...

    It was awesome to see the Stormtroopers trying to stop the Wookie!
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    Loved the "negotiations have failed" line :)
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    I feel like I've seen this sequence somewhere else before, the heroes stealing a TIE and crashing on the planet below... I wonder where that was? ;)
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    The medal and Kashyyyk parts were cute...

    I'm still struggling with why did they feel the need to add the Falcon at the end... If this was all about Chewie being alone, they could have skipped it...
    Having it there, for me at least, raised the question of "where was Han this whole time, if he is just going to show up at the right time to take Chewie back?".

    About next week's Obi-Wan and Anakin, not sure yet if I'll pick this up right away or wait for it to drop in Marvel Unlimited... What is your feeling about this one?
     
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    Well, that is over. This last issue wasn't bad, but I have to agree - it was unnecessary. I had high hopes because Lando was so great, but you cannot win every time. Plus, Chewie was so great in TFA that the series really pales in comparison.

    Considering that Obi-Wan is one of my favorite characters in the entire Saga, I am picking up Obi-Wan and Anakin for sure, at least the first issue. It covers unexplored period, so it should be interesting-
     
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    Great review and I agree, pass on this one. Forward on.
     
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    Could someone clarify for me? I thought that the Wookiees were enslaved by the Empire at this point in time. Anyone got answers?
     
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    I assume that many Wookiees were taken from their home and made slaves of the Empire prior to a full scale occupation on Kashyyyk. The fact that Chewie was a slave that was rescued by a young Han Solo has been confirmed by multiple sources in the new canon. Yet, as you point out, Kashyyyk in this comic seems to be unoccupied by the Empire, and the Wookiees are living free. Yet we also know from Aftermath that Chewie and Han are on their way (post-ROTJ) to liberate Kashyyyk from the Imperial remnant. The timeline has not been spelled out yet in the canon, but this is the only explanation that makes sense to me. The only other example of Wookiee slaves we have seen is in Rebels were they are taken to Kessel. This seems to support the kidnapping scenario prior to A New Hope and a full scale imperial occupation of Kashyyyk sometime after the events of this comic and before Aftermath.
     
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    Thanks Hardcase,
    A few scenarios played out in my head when I read this part of the comic. One was very similar to your theory that the Wookiees were living free on Kashyyyk. Or that perhaps they were survivors or refugees that fled somewhere else in the galaxy then returned. However, that plot line from Aftermath really made me question that and this problem nagged at me. When I read your post it suddenly dawned on me that it is never said that Chewie went specifically to Kashyyyk, so perhaps it is a situation where the Wookiees fled to a similar world and colonized it. I really hope that we get some clarification here because I do not believe that the Empire would only enslave some of the Wookiee race on Kashyyyk and leave others to live unperturbed.
     
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    I think we also have to understand it's a whole planet. Some areas will just be well hidden and protected, so only a few, like the Rebels and Chewbacca, will know.

    @Hard Case, great review. I guess this unnecessary mini-series grew on me, if just a little. It should've really been one or two issues, and have had Chewbacca's growl translated as well, but him meeting his family, giving his metal, and having a relaxed-warrior mindset and helping a whole world allows me to enjoy this series. I most likely will never read it again, but I will say in the end, it was worth reading as a Star Wars fanatic :p
     
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    I am not sure but I do not think that it is Chewie's son. To me at least, it looks like the boy to whom he gave the bandolier. After Chewie walks out of the room, the boy seems to call after Chewie to thank him. It would be cruel if Chewie would have to go again just after he would have gotten home to his family.
     
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    "Lumpawarrump" :')
     
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    It is the way of the Wookiee I guess. The life debt is a very important part of Wookiee culture that is valued as a higher honor and responsibility than one even has to his family. Wookiees also live hundreds of years and even minus the years Chewie spent with Han, he would have had many years with his son. I also thought about the point you bring up concerning the young Wookiee, but ultimately I thought that the narrative behind the scene concerning "family" was pretty telling regarding who this little guy was. The way the panels are done also makes it seem like a different character. In one panel, you see Chewie walking away while the young Wookiee he gave the bandolier to is standing with his family behind him a ways. The next panel, Chewie rounds a corner and there's another little guy waiting for him. I just feel like the flow of the artwork and the narrative suggest that the little guy at the end was his son. They could have used a different shade of brown on the little furball though to help differentiate.
     
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    A sweet ending and a TIE Bomber! Those made me happy :)
     
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