The Star Wars #5 (Dark Horse)

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Rating: 5/5 – May the Force Be With The Star Wars.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

For those not familiar with the series, this is not your Father’s Star Wars.  It is based on George Lucas’ original script for the first movie (now known as Episode IV) and has quite a few differences from the movie most of us have seen multiple times.  I’ve been reading this since #1 and each month I’ve gotten a comic that is perfectly paced and just a great read.  It’s a perfect series for both “What If?” fans and fans of good comics alike. It’s nice to see the familiar Star Wars characters taken in a different direction and still done justice. Even though this is a “What If the Original Script Had Been Filmed?” book with major departures from the movies, it still maintains the overall feel of the original movie trilogy.

Mike Mayhew’s art reminds me of Alex Ross, anyone who can achieve that is a great artist in my eyes. The artwork matches the tone set by the story like a glove on a hand.  The art sets the tone for the story and the story is perfect for the art. The action scenes and the character moments, both essential parts of the story, are rendered with grace and skill.

I think #5 is the best issue of the series thus far. It’s fast paced and action-packed  from cover to cover. The story is fun and told perfectly- full of exiting events, great dialog and a real feeling of momentum from start to finish. After a slow beginning we finally pick up pace delivering the payoffs to elements issues #1 to 4 were setting up for and the final act kicked into place with a bang.  The slow exposition of the previous issues has been replaced with a rather thrilling Star Wars story.  I can hardly wait for the conclusion (even though I think I know how it’s going to end).

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
(gilad@comicspectrum.com
)
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