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"No...I am your father." In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fl eet...scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo...lost to the bounty hunter Boba Fett after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious ligh "No...I am your father." In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fl eet...scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo...lost to the bounty hunter Boba Fett after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker...learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke's father, Anakin - Vader is Luke's father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord's clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fi ght their way back to the Rebel Alliance - for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses, is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fi ghters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin's Will! Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesús Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away! COLLECTING: STAR WARS (2020) 1-6


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"No...I am your father." In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fl eet...scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo...lost to the bounty hunter Boba Fett after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious ligh "No...I am your father." In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fl eet...scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo...lost to the bounty hunter Boba Fett after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker...learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke's father, Anakin - Vader is Luke's father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord's clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fi ght their way back to the Rebel Alliance - for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses, is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fi ghters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin's Will! Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesús Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away! COLLECTING: STAR WARS (2020) 1-6

30 review for Star Wars, Vol. 1: The Destiny Path

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Over the last few years, Charles Soule has pulled off a bit of a magic trick, gradually transforming from one of Marvel’s more shrug-worthy “Star Wars” writers (think “Poe Dameron,” Obi-Wan and Anakin”), into one of their all-star storytellers (“Lando, “Darth Vader,” “The Rise of Kylo Ren”). Now, Mr. Soule – following in the footsteps of Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, and Greg Pak – has been handed the keys to Marvel’s flagship “Star Wars” series, and – shocker – it’s pretty much a home run. Pickin Over the last few years, Charles Soule has pulled off a bit of a magic trick, gradually transforming from one of Marvel’s more shrug-worthy “Star Wars” writers (think “Poe Dameron,” Obi-Wan and Anakin”), into one of their all-star storytellers (“Lando, “Darth Vader,” “The Rise of Kylo Ren”). Now, Mr. Soule – following in the footsteps of Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen, and Greg Pak – has been handed the keys to Marvel’s flagship “Star Wars” series, and – shocker – it’s pretty much a home run. Picking up in the immediate aftermath of “The Empire Strikes Back,” Soule’s “Star Wars” finds our core cast of characters in various states of distress and/or personal crises, making for fertile storytelling soil that is compelling and – best of all – immediately distinct from its predecessors. Granted, a few story elements still fall into the “wait-and-see” side of things – Luke’s storyline is particular feels a bit at-odds with what’s been set up in the films – but on the whole, this is a new “Star Wars” series that feels both fresh and well-honed. Welcome to the big boys club, Charles Soule.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Just like with Charles Soule's other Star Wars comics, this is a really solid fun adventure that plays with the lore in a lot of interesting ways. It's also set between episodes V and VI, which is obviously a better time period than IV-V, but still feels constraining and I would much rather have a line of books set post-VI so the writers wouldn't have to be so strangulated. Still, Soule does the best he can with what he has to work with and comes up with the story that I really enjoyed following Just like with Charles Soule's other Star Wars comics, this is a really solid fun adventure that plays with the lore in a lot of interesting ways. It's also set between episodes V and VI, which is obviously a better time period than IV-V, but still feels constraining and I would much rather have a line of books set post-VI so the writers wouldn't have to be so strangulated. Still, Soule does the best he can with what he has to work with and comes up with the story that I really enjoyed following. It requires a bit of suspension of disbelief because some of the events that happen here feel just a bit too big and important to be omitted by the original movies, but that's what you gotta deal with when you set the books the way Marvel did here. Anyway, this was a good read and Charles Soule is a good Star Wars writer. Give him more stuff to write, please and thank you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    The Empire has struck back, and now the Rebels are on the back foot. With Han Solo trapped in carbonite and a new imperial captain on their tail, the Rebels will need to rely on their least likely of saviours - Lando Calrissian! Plus, Luke Skywalker reels from the revelation regarding his parentage, and must grapple with whether he still wants - or deserves - to be a Jedi. If anyone was going to take over the main Star Wars title, it was going to be Charles Soule; the guy knows his characters, hi The Empire has struck back, and now the Rebels are on the back foot. With Han Solo trapped in carbonite and a new imperial captain on their tail, the Rebels will need to rely on their least likely of saviours - Lando Calrissian! Plus, Luke Skywalker reels from the revelation regarding his parentage, and must grapple with whether he still wants - or deserves - to be a Jedi. If anyone was going to take over the main Star Wars title, it was going to be Charles Soule; the guy knows his characters, his continuity, and how to tell a great story. He slides into the driver's seat easily, pulling from his own Darth Vader and Poe Dameron runs as well as the overall Star Wars canon as needed to move these characters further along their inevitable journeys towards Return Of The Jedi. The first four issues are mostly about the Rebellion returning to Cloud City to liberate it from the Empire; with Han otherwise occupied, it falls to Lando to fill the lovable rogue slot in the team which he does well enough - he's different enough not to just be interchangeable with Han, and he allows for some fun conversations between himself and Princess Leia. The latter two issues take Luke on (another) solo adventure as he tries to find a new lightsaber, crossing paths with a side character from Soule's Darth Vader series and putting his trust in the Force to the test. This is perhaps even better than the first four issues, and gives a different outlook on the Force that we don't often get to see. While it's usually all 'The Jedi are good and the Sith are bad', someone painting them both as the bad guys is an interesting perspective worth exploring (the Grey Jedi exist for a reason!). Jesus Saiz's artwork is perhaps a little more muted than his usual fare, perhaps because of colourist Arif Prianto rather than his usual collaborators. He does a great job, making the characters his own without just photoboxing them all (so that's a nice change from the last series), but it definitely feels flatter than I've come to expect from Saiz. Star Wars is in good hands - the only hands that it could have gone to.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Charles Soule is quickly becoming the go-to author for Canon-defining Star Wars published media, be it comics or prose. No surprise, then, that now that he has made the switch from his acclaimed Darth Vader run to the flagship Marvel title the quality does not let up, and the details of what Our Heroes (minus Han because, you know, Frozen in Carbonite) get up to between Episodes V and VI kicks off with a bang. The art is solid, as well, with none of the photorealistic weirdness of the previous ru Charles Soule is quickly becoming the go-to author for Canon-defining Star Wars published media, be it comics or prose. No surprise, then, that now that he has made the switch from his acclaimed Darth Vader run to the flagship Marvel title the quality does not let up, and the details of what Our Heroes (minus Han because, you know, Frozen in Carbonite) get up to between Episodes V and VI kicks off with a bang. The art is solid, as well, with none of the photorealistic weirdness of the previous run.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    The title of this volume is perfect for the story it contains.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Charles Soule starts of his next run on Star Wars very well here! Picking up right after the end of Empire, we see Luke dealing with what he learnt at the climax of ESB, making him more determined than ever to become a Jedi. Soule also has a great grasp of the Star Wars lore and mythology. It’s so clear to see in his work which makes for really good Star Wars content

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Not an amazing book. But still good and 100% star wars. Which is more than I can say for the new movies. 4 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    So excited! Couldn't wait to read this one! Restarting with Volume 1 to indicate that this series is separate from the previous, is deliberate. This run of Star Wars takes place immediately after the events of The Empire Strikes Back film. AND as everything new released is canon, we see a lot happening immediately after the escape from Bespin... Highlights: - Luke reflects back on finding out Vader is his father, and the loss of his lightsaber. - As Lando begins to attempt to convince Leia that he w So excited! Couldn't wait to read this one! Restarting with Volume 1 to indicate that this series is separate from the previous, is deliberate. This run of Star Wars takes place immediately after the events of The Empire Strikes Back film. AND as everything new released is canon, we see a lot happening immediately after the escape from Bespin... Highlights: - Luke reflects back on finding out Vader is his father, and the loss of his lightsaber. - As Lando begins to attempt to convince Leia that he will be helpful to the rescue of Han, she commands that they go back to the Rebellion. - ISD Tarkin's Will, led by Commander Zahra (personally promoted by Vader) is in the process of destroying one of the Rebellion's fleets, when the Falcon shows up. A few well placed shots and a outburst of Dark Side Force from Luke (destroying an entire wing of TIE Fighters... really cool image!) allows the Rebels to escape. - The Rebellion struggles with large scale destruction, and that their communication encryption might be compromised. Leadership suggests a High Republic solution of "Operation Starlight". - Lando and Chewie head to Tatooine to get intel on Han and Boba, but it gets ugly when Lando tries to escape. - Lando, Leia and Luke head back to Bespin for several reasons: 1) Lando wants to rescue Lobot as well as sabotage the Tibanna Gas mining for the Empire. 2) Leia wants to research carbon freezing so she can quickly rescue Han. 3) Luke wants to search for his lightsaber. Results? Lando rescues Lobot and spoils the Tibanna Gas. Luke doesn't find his lightsaber, but decides that because it was never really his, he's ok to abandon it. (But it is found by an Ugnaught... which may begin the path to how Maz Kanata gets it...) Leia learns some, but is captured by Imperials, who put her in carbon freeze. Luke and Lando rescue her and some of the Cloud City residents, adding them all to the forces of the Rebellion. Luke also reclaims his X-Wing. - Following a Force Vision he had, Luke travels to find a woman who he thinks might be able to help him learn more about the Force. Meeting up with Verla, information is exchanged. Luke finds out that Vader was once Anakin Skywalker, as well as learning a bit about the Inquisitors. Verla gives him the location of a Jedi Temple. - Going to the Temple, Luke finds a new lightsaber, yellow bladed and the hilt of a Temple Guard. When taking it, he summons the essence of the Grand Inquisitor, who we find out was stationed there by Vader to guard the artifacts. Luke escapes with the lightsaber and returns to the Rebellion. I love reading these comics! AND Charles Soule is one of the best comic writers out there. High Recommend! New canon is always great for fans like me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Star Wars Vol. 1 The Destiny Path collects issues 1-6 written by Charles Soule with art by Jesus Saiz. The events in this book take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The book immediately picks up even before The Empire Strikes Back ends with Luke, Leia, Lando, and Chewie escaping from Bespin and arriving to the Rebellion's rendezvous point which is the scene of a major space battle. The Rebellion has split its army into multiple divisions but The Empire found multiple Star Wars Vol. 1 The Destiny Path collects issues 1-6 written by Charles Soule with art by Jesus Saiz. The events in this book take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The book immediately picks up even before The Empire Strikes Back ends with Luke, Leia, Lando, and Chewie escaping from Bespin and arriving to the Rebellion's rendezvous point which is the scene of a major space battle. The Rebellion has split its army into multiple divisions but The Empire found multiple hideouts within hours which can mean only thing - The Emoire has cracked the Rebellion's codes. Now Leia must figure out a new way to communicate with the rest of the Rebels before the Empire can hunt them all down. We also get an adventure back to Bespin where Lando has some outstanding business on Cloud City and Luke searches for his lost lightsaber. First off all I want to say I did like this book, but I was slightly disappointed. I think the return to Cloud City was incredibly rushed and there was an eye rolling even that happens. I also can't stand how often The Empire is easily beaten in movies, shows, books, comics, and games. How are we supposed believe they conquered the Galaxy and be this big threat but can be so easily defeated by smaller and less equiped forces? There is still a lot to like in this book though. Charles Soule gets Star Wars characters. Lando is still the perfect mix between hero and scam artist. Luke is troubled by the learning of Vader as his father but more determined than ever to become a Jedi. Leia is on mission to return to the Rebellion and rescue Han. Vader is still intent on bringing Luke to the dark side. And we have a new villain who commands a Star Destroyer that survived the destruction of the first Death Star - Tarkin's Will. The art was great throughout and really showcases the action. I am excited to see where this series will go.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    Charles Soule understands Star Wars - that much is clear. His run on Darth Vader was exception, as were the Kylo Ren and Lando miniseries he's written. But not only does he get it, he's not afraid to push outside what's comfortable. Even with this series, which spends a considerable amount of time dealing with the direct fallout of Empire Strikes Back, Soule quickly puts the characters into new territories. It's an era that as of yet has not been explored much in canon, so there's a lot of chance Charles Soule understands Star Wars - that much is clear. His run on Darth Vader was exception, as were the Kylo Ren and Lando miniseries he's written. But not only does he get it, he's not afraid to push outside what's comfortable. Even with this series, which spends a considerable amount of time dealing with the direct fallout of Empire Strikes Back, Soule quickly puts the characters into new territories. It's an era that as of yet has not been explored much in canon, so there's a lot of chance to be fresh here. The main story sees Luke meeting a former Jedi-in-training as he continues his own search for answers. Unfortunately, the book ends just as it's really getting interesting, but it's a setup for what may be the most interesting status quo of the main SW comic since it relaunched in 2015. Saiz's art, on the other hand, isn't exactly my thing. He has near-perfect renderings of all the familiar characters, and even manages to avoid the uncanny "too-realistic" look of past artists like Larocca or Mike Deodato Jr. He's injecting his own style while keeping their designs true to real life. However, the art is still a bit static because of it, and the action doesn't get a real chance to come to life. I don't mean to sound overly critical, though, as I think he's a solid fit for the title overall. Long story short - if you're into SW comics, check this out. It's fantastic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Marvel’s Star Wars series has had some big ups and downs since the IP was re-acquired from Dark Horse in 2015. This 3rd re-launch of the series since then fits somewhere in between greatness and lameness. Bringing Soule into the fold was a smart move on Marvel’s part at least. He’s already proven himself with the Poe Dameron and first Darth Vader series, and it looks like he’s got a decent hold of Luke, Leia, and the rest of the Rebels after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. So good on him. T Marvel’s Star Wars series has had some big ups and downs since the IP was re-acquired from Dark Horse in 2015. This 3rd re-launch of the series since then fits somewhere in between greatness and lameness. Bringing Soule into the fold was a smart move on Marvel’s part at least. He’s already proven himself with the Poe Dameron and first Darth Vader series, and it looks like he’s got a decent hold of Luke, Leia, and the rest of the Rebels after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. So good on him. The problem with The Destiny Path is the same issue that plagues almost all of the new Disney owned Star Wars stuff. And that’s that it’s just too safe. I feel like because of what Disney did with the IP and what they’ve already established in previous iterations of the comic series, they put Soule into a box and kept him too constrained. While I didn’t hate this first volume in the new Star Wars line, I would have liked to see Marvel and Disney try something new and take this story to places we haven’t seen since the Dark Horse days. Obviously I doubt this is gonna happen, but one can still hope.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    The period between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has always seemed hazy to me so I found this volume, which picks up immediately following the events of Episode V, both interesting and highly entertaining. If the rest of this new series can maintain this level of quality then Star Wars fans can expect quite the journey.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    Okay but why does Luke look like Rocky from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'? Okay but why does Luke look like Rocky from 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Everything classic you want, nothing 'modern' you don't. Hope they stick to that formula. Everything classic you want, nothing 'modern' you don't. Hope they stick to that formula.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mr James Kendrick

    Empire and onwards A very good follow on from the Empire Strikes Back. Fantastic artwork and a decent story. Looking forward to volume 2.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    “Master Yoda… Please. I’m lost. I don’t know what to do. I can still feel the Force, still use it, but I lost my lightsaber. I lost… a lot of things. Please, Master. I need your guidance. Why won’t you answer me?” This arc was fucking amazing. Honestly. The Destiny Path picks up right after The Empire Strikes Back: the Rebellion is in shambles, scattered across the galaxy after their evacuation from Hoth, Han is gone and Luke is devastated and shattered by the revelation that Vader is his fathe “Master Yoda… Please. I’m lost. I don’t know what to do. I can still feel the Force, still use it, but I lost my lightsaber. I lost… a lot of things. Please, Master. I need your guidance. Why won’t you answer me?” This arc was fucking amazing. Honestly. The Destiny Path picks up right after The Empire Strikes Back: the Rebellion is in shambles, scattered across the galaxy after their evacuation from Hoth, Han is gone and Luke is devastated and shattered by the revelation that Vader is his father. This arc is very much centered around Luke, his conflicted feelings over what he has learned and him struggling to figure out what he is supposed to be. I love Luke more than is probably healthy, and I've always wanted more content set right after ESB cause that is a very interesting time period for him, and let me tell you this comic was everything I wanted. Soule really gets into Luke's head, his state of mind and just how frustrated he is that Ben and Yoda lied to him, and just how vulnerable he feels. One of my favorite aspects of Luke is how much anger he has in him, and Soule demonstrated this beautifully with some truly brilliant moments, such as (view spoiler)[ him accidentally destroying tones of TIEs with his rage and him cracking the window when he yells: "Why won't you answer me?" (hide spoiler)] But while Luke and his quest to look for answers are at the center of the comic, Soule also gives us some amazing stuff with Lando and Leia. Lando is another character that I adore to death, and seeing him right after ESB - in which he lost his whole city and had to leave behind people he cared about - was amazing. He gets so many awesome moments in this in which you get to see how smart he is and how he truly does care very deeply about things and people, even though he might seem very shallow and selfish. I love how Soule writes Lando, and I'm glad he's getting to play with that character again. Other stuff I loved: Shara and Kes' appearances. All the stuff on Bespin. The return of one of Soule's original characters from his Vader comics and all the stuff between her and Luke. It was great to see Luke learn about (view spoiler)[ all these things no one's ever told him about the history of the Jedi, like the purge, the inquisitors and all of that. Also all the stuff at the outpost where Verla sends Luke to, with the spirit of the Grand Inquisitor was INSANELY GOOD. (hide spoiler)] . All those tender moments between Luke and Leia - the space twins own my heart and I loved them in this arc. Can't wait to continue this series! I trust Charles Soule with Star Wars completely and all the stuff set up in this first arc for the future are interesting. I'm so excited to see what Soule has in store - he always has all these crazy, brilliant ideas and no matter how weird they may be, they always work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    This series is great! Not only does it pick up after Empire Strikes back, but it also is written well enough to deepen the original trilogy by filling in the gaps with some great adventures. This was sort of the role that Shadows of the Empire had in Legends (EU) and I think this comic has the potential to do much more in terms of filling this time period with our main heroes' stories. In this we get to see Luke furthering his Jedi training through the most unconventional jedi training ever, whi This series is great! Not only does it pick up after Empire Strikes back, but it also is written well enough to deepen the original trilogy by filling in the gaps with some great adventures. This was sort of the role that Shadows of the Empire had in Legends (EU) and I think this comic has the potential to do much more in terms of filling this time period with our main heroes' stories. In this we get to see Luke furthering his Jedi training through the most unconventional jedi training ever, which is exactly what I want. Soule is a gifted storyteller and his Star Wars comics are among my favorite Star Wars stories. I cannot wait to see what's coming next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Afton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An interesting take on the events immediately after The Empire Strikes Back (my favourite movie of all time). Shows some definitely interesting new force powers that Luke discovers. I look forward to the next instalment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    C

    I've been fairly down on Star Wars comics from Marvel for awhile, to the point that I planned on no longer purchasing the trades once they started these new series. In a moment of weakness (and Mandalorian hype, I must admit), I purchased this one and honestly I am glad that I did. Soule has a good start here. I'm genuinely interested in Luke's journey for the first time in a long time and I really enjoyed Lando's little sojourn back to his floating home. Leia is given some meat to her role as we I've been fairly down on Star Wars comics from Marvel for awhile, to the point that I planned on no longer purchasing the trades once they started these new series. In a moment of weakness (and Mandalorian hype, I must admit), I purchased this one and honestly I am glad that I did. Soule has a good start here. I'm genuinely interested in Luke's journey for the first time in a long time and I really enjoyed Lando's little sojourn back to his floating home. Leia is given some meat to her role as well and so far I am cautiously optimistic. I still think that Marvel (/Disney) are being way too cautious with their comics output, sticking only to timeframes and characters that we know (for the most part). (I am honestly really tired of reading about Luke, Han, and Leia who apparently have had multiple adventures every day of their lives...) But Soule is writing some interesting tales here so I think I'll stick around for a bit.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Luke Wilson

    A solid beginning Vol 1 of this new run from Charles Soule follows on from Empire Strikes Back, and it's off to a good start. Lando adds his own brand of humour to the group, and the post-Bespin changes to how certain characters act is intriguing to see. Luke struggles with what he learned, Leia juggles searching for Han with leading the alliance, and Vader is determined to capture his son. The artwork is great, thankfully. The last few volumes of the previous run was hampered by poor artwork, bu A solid beginning Vol 1 of this new run from Charles Soule follows on from Empire Strikes Back, and it's off to a good start. Lando adds his own brand of humour to the group, and the post-Bespin changes to how certain characters act is intriguing to see. Luke struggles with what he learned, Leia juggles searching for Han with leading the alliance, and Vader is determined to capture his son. The artwork is great, thankfully. The last few volumes of the previous run was hampered by poor artwork, but no such problems here. Charles Soule is arguably the best comic book writer in Star Wars at the moment (his Vader series was excellent), and he continues that in this series too. The previous run of the main Star Wars series was hit or miss, and while we'll have to see how this one goes, so far it's definitely a hit.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    Though this does a lot of similar things to the recent issue of Vader (retconning interstitial beats between films, namely), this one does them so much more successfully and mostly in keeping with the characters. Leia is handled minimally but this has some nice character bears for Lando and Luke. I’m always hesitant that these are treading over pre-worn territory (like that of Shadows of the Empire), but I can’t really complain given this is a new canon of the narrative. I do like when really ti Though this does a lot of similar things to the recent issue of Vader (retconning interstitial beats between films, namely), this one does them so much more successfully and mostly in keeping with the characters. Leia is handled minimally but this has some nice character bears for Lando and Luke. I’m always hesitant that these are treading over pre-worn territory (like that of Shadows of the Empire), but I can’t really complain given this is a new canon of the narrative. I do like when really tiny side characters reappear (like Verla) and the continued appearances of the Inquisitorius by way of other Comics, Rebels, and Fallen Order are nice shared universe nods.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    I find most Star Wars expanded universe content tends to teeter between exploring small and compelling nooks and crannies within the galaxy by giving small moments and characters from the films big stories, and taking swings just big enough to imply that momentous occasions that occur within the films weren’t actually as momentous as you think by adding addendums, qualifiers and details to major events. This collection leaned into the latter pretty frequently but there were still some cool momen I find most Star Wars expanded universe content tends to teeter between exploring small and compelling nooks and crannies within the galaxy by giving small moments and characters from the films big stories, and taking swings just big enough to imply that momentous occasions that occur within the films weren’t actually as momentous as you think by adding addendums, qualifiers and details to major events. This collection leaned into the latter pretty frequently but there were still some cool moments and some nice connective tissue with the ever-widening Star Wars canvas.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi may be shorter than the period between A New Hope and Empire, but I think it's a more promising one. There's a lot more character development that had to happen between movies. Look at the difference in Lando, who starts as a sleazy businessman and ends as a hero of the Rebellion. Or Luke, who comes a long way as a Jedi between movies. This volume is a great start on that. Not only does Soule make a good start on those charac The time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi may be shorter than the period between A New Hope and Empire, but I think it's a more promising one. There's a lot more character development that had to happen between movies. Look at the difference in Lando, who starts as a sleazy businessman and ends as a hero of the Rebellion. Or Luke, who comes a long way as a Jedi between movies. This volume is a great start on that. Not only does Soule make a good start on those character arcs, he includes a callback to Rebels. I'm excited to see what he's got planned out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Greg Kerestan

    The new series of Star Wars comics in the space between Empire and Jedi is off to a good start under Charles Soule's leadership. The widened character roster doesn't hurt; Lando and the Dameron parents are great additions, as is Tarkin's protege Zhara (almost a dark Leia archetype), and Luke's trauma and confusion after meeting his father and losing his hand have given his character depth, direction and a more tangible struggle. Nice to see some returning characters from "Darth Vader: Dark Lord The new series of Star Wars comics in the space between Empire and Jedi is off to a good start under Charles Soule's leadership. The widened character roster doesn't hurt; Lando and the Dameron parents are great additions, as is Tarkin's protege Zhara (almost a dark Leia archetype), and Luke's trauma and confusion after meeting his father and losing his hand have given his character depth, direction and a more tangible struggle. Nice to see some returning characters from "Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith" as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    A decent story. Not as good as the initial Marvel Star Wars run, which I liked a lot. And not as good as Soule's Dameron book, which is possibly my favorite Marvel Star Wars comic. Soule tends to be pretty hit or miss for me. I thought his Vader book was decent. This era has so much potential. I'm hoping it delivers on that potential. But you'd think the open volley would be very strong. It was instead decent. A decent story. Not as good as the initial Marvel Star Wars run, which I liked a lot. And not as good as Soule's Dameron book, which is possibly my favorite Marvel Star Wars comic. Soule tends to be pretty hit or miss for me. I thought his Vader book was decent. This era has so much potential. I'm hoping it delivers on that potential. But you'd think the open volley would be very strong. It was instead decent.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MajorZuma

    Since his run on Darth Vader (2017), Charles Soule has cemented himself as one of the best Star Wars writers period. His brilliant Lando miniseries and Light of the Jedi novel are great examples of his work and the legacy he is establishing. Soule captures the chemistry and fun of the Original Trilogy. He has a knack for accurate dialogue when it comes to the iconic characters. Particularly Lando and Leia, their interactions feel like scenes from the movies.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthias Noch

    Not necessarily the story I would have expected between Episode V and VI, but exciting and very well illustrated. As this arc is clearly just part of a larger story and so doesn't deliver a satisfying answer to the why of the story yet, it gets only four starts. Not necessarily the story I would have expected between Episode V and VI, but exciting and very well illustrated. As this arc is clearly just part of a larger story and so doesn't deliver a satisfying answer to the why of the story yet, it gets only four starts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

    I had a good feeling that Charles Soule would do a great job taking over the mainline Star Wars comic, and I think this volume is proof of that. He did a lot of work to set the foundation for what seems like an interesting story in the following issues.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A great start to the new section of the series. Great story, High Republic tie-ins, and some familiar faces including LOBOTTTTTT. I LOVE LOBOT! Awesome job, Charles Soule! I wasn't sure about the art at first but there were many high points and I think I'm getting used to it. A great start to the new section of the series. Great story, High Republic tie-ins, and some familiar faces including LOBOTTTTTT. I LOVE LOBOT! Awesome job, Charles Soule! I wasn't sure about the art at first but there were many high points and I think I'm getting used to it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    This book crammed a lot into a single arc. Luke, Leia and Lando all got their moments to shine while demonstrating just how dire things truly are for the Rebellion in the immediate aftermath of the evacuation of Hoth. Good artwork too. Very promising.

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