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SPOILER SWNN Review: Marvel's Star Wars #17

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by Hard Case, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Hard Case

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    Jason Aaron’s “Rebel Jail” story arc continues this week with issue #17 of the Star Wars titular series. Read on for the full review.


    Spoilers ahead...

    In part one of the story arc that picked up after Dr. Aphra’s capture in the “Vader Down” crossover, we followed Leia and Sana to Sunspot Prison, a top secret holding facility used by the Rebellion to hold war criminals, as they deliver Aphra to the rebel jail. The issue ended with a bang that led right into part two, which finds Leia and Sana fighting for their lives and defending the prison from the mysterious attacker.

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    At the end of issue #16, an armored commando/bounty hunter type with a command of thug droids infiltrated Sunspot Prison. In light of Vader’s attempts to reclaim Aphra, we were led to believe that this whole coup was a rescue attempt meant for her, but this issue revealed just how wrong we were about that assumption.

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    The mysterious metal-clad madman keyed us in on his motivations in this issue, and it has nothing to do with rescuing the dangerous doctor. Although the identity and the motivations behind the actions of the character are never revealed in this issue, we at least discover what he’s trying to do. It seems from his conversation with Leia that the intruder may have some past connection to the princess, but it is still unclear as to what exactly that connection may have been.

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    However muddled the history between Leia and this new malefactor may be, his mission is clear – kill all the prisoners and teach Leia the error of her ways in her approach to the war effort. He does this by executing some of the prisoners and then releasing the others, in an attempt to force Leia to kill them herself. The masked antagonist obviously takes issue with due process when it comes to Imperial scum, and resents Leia for her failure to deal out merciless justice.

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    Leia, true to her ideals, resists the tempation to go along with the intruder’s scheme and actually rescues and frees Dr. Aphra to help her and Sana escape this madman’s mayhem. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see how this pans out just yet, as the issue leaves us here, but it certainly looks to be a fun ride when we get back on next month with issue #18.

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    As a side plot to the main story, we also follow Luke and Han on Nar Shaddaa, who are struggling to earn back the credits Han lost when he got caught cheating at Sabaac in the last issue. Although this sub plot still feels a bit unnecessary after its odd inclusion in part one of this arc, it did bring some relief to the serious nature of the main plot.

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    Seeing Luke as a salesman trying to convince a potential client that the Falcon was the ship for him was priceless, as he used several of Han’s selling points from their cantina conversation in ANH. Long story short, they get the job, and the cargo…well let’s just say Han’s not hauling rathtars this time around, and Leia’s angry name-calling rant she unleashes on him later at Echo Base might just stem from an inside joke that began here in this moment.

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    The pacing of this issue was great, and I think that this new story arc by Aaron is brilliant while Yu’s artwork is also quite good and really reflects the tone of the story Aaron is telling. If you haven’t checked out Marvel’s Star Wars series yet, I definitely recommend it. Although the first story arc “Skywalker Strikes” had its issues (no pun intended), the second arc “Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon” and the “Vader Down” crossover were fantastic, and Aaron is really hitting his stride so far with “Rebel Jail”. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    As always, support your local comic shops, and stay tuned to Star Wars News Net for more on Star Wars comics and more!

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  2. Darby

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    Really fun issue. Art was great. Leia parts were pretty dark. I like this guy who took over the prison. Want to know more of what he was talking about. Also liked his Doctor Who- style execution of the prisoners. And we get a Leia/Aphra teamup?!! Count me in.
    The Luke/Han parts were a bit too comic-relief for my taste, but we did get to finally see a nerf. That's a win any way you spin it.
    I give this issue a 7/10.
     
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    I'm pretty much right there with you I think.
    I like the Leia/Sana/Aphra portion of the comic and this newcomer is really interesting, and the Han/Luke stuff was fun, but really disconnected from that main arc
    Overall a good time.
     
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    Great review, @Hard Case. I enjoyed this issue. Rebel Jail is turning out to be a pretty fun arc. The art by Yu is so good.
     
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    @Hard Case , great review! This is the issue I wanted. Last one just felt off to me, but this one hit me hard- in a really good way. I just see the art and see Rebels mixed with OT era, and I really am liking this villain. Or hero. IDK. It just looks great, and I'm ready for the arc. Good humor with Han and Luke, gives more emphasis to Han being a nerfherder. Can't wait!
     
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    @Hard Case , great review! I am late to the party, but better late than never.

    I liked this issue a lot and I would like for Star Wars to show us more of conflicting ideologies within those who oppose the Empire as is the case in this issue. It was a nice twist that the attacker isn't working for Vader as we suspected. I liked how Sana is actually closer ideologically to him than to Leia. Someone online suggested that our bad or not so bad guy might be Eneb Ray from Star Wars Annual 1. Not a bad idea, actually, but we will see.

    The ladies kicked ass and with Aphra in tow they will kick some more.

    I have never before said this in any context: less Luke and Han, please, but I am saying it here. Their story line is superficial and unnecessary (though it gave us possible nerf-herder origin, lol). You don't need funny in every issue. It is all right for SW to get dark sometimes.

    I like Yu's art a lot, it goes perfectly with grittier story.
     
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    Awesome review @Hard Case ! Just read it yesterday and truly enjoyed it. Agree with all of you, the part with Han and Luke was more like a comic relief for the main story arc of Leia in the Sunspot Rebel Jail, but it actually made me laugh when I saw the mysterious cargo and I thought immediately of Leia yelling "NERF-HERDER!" at Han. Glad to see where the origin of that inside joke came from.

    Also I thought of Eneb Ray too for the mysterious guy that breaks into the Rebel Jail. It is quite interesting how even between the ones opposing the Empire the methods are quite different - some as Leia pursuing for peace and justice, and fair treatment for war prisoners, whereas some ask for a harsher treatment. But we shall see who is the guy later.

    I couldn't help playing in my head AC/DC "Back to Black" intro when I saw that page of Leia, Sana and Dr. Aphra walking together to face the mysterious jail breakers. Spot on! As we mention in the previous issue, bonus if the three of them end up in the aftermath drinking beer lol.
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    Correct: AC/DC "Back in Black". My mobile auto-correct is behaving funny lol.



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    @LadyMusashi your feeling last issue was correct: the three ended up teaming up. Hope they drink some Corellian ale as @Kyle said to celebrate.
     
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    I wouldn't want to mess with those three :)
     
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    Loving the ladies ganging up together. :) Getting used to the new artwork.
     
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    @Hard Case great review! This arc seems to be shaping up to be a "girl's night out/guy's night out" kinda story, and that's perfectly fine! Leia working with Sana and Aphra should definitely be interesting, and Han herding actually Nerfs is amazing. Great review and I can't wait for the next issue!
     
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