Star Wars has always held a special place in my heart. I’m sure you’ve noticed whether you’ve been following this group since the beginning or just read my pull lists every week, but I like Star Wars. Like a lot. So when deciding April’s trade, I was wondering what book would be fun but also get us even more in the Star Wars spirit as Star Wars: The Force Awakens released on DVD/Blu-ray this month. So why not a Star Wars comic? Specifically, why not Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes? This was the first canon comic to come from the Star Wars universe and released last year, so it contains all kinds of new, amazing, canon stories that I feel everyone should definitely be familiar with. I had a blast reading it with you all, but now it’s the end of February, so it’s time to wrap up my thoughts while also flailing with you all about it. But before we get started, make sure to check out our review of last months trade, Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0 right here. Let’s get started!
Review: Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes
Skywalker Strikes is the first volume of the brand new, canon, 2015 Star Wars comic book series. The new series launched last year to rave reviews and its story line grabbed readers from the start. The trade in speaking, which contains the first six issues, didn’t release till October of last year but was well worth the wait for readers who’d rather consume this story in larger amounts. The storyline takes place post-A New Hope and launches us on some rather fun, scary, and daunting missions with our favorite rebels and a few of our favorite imperials.
Our story begins as the rebels intend to destroy a weapons factory, a small but large step into overtaking the Empire. Seems simple enough right? This all makes for an exciting mission full of Han, Luke, and Leia, but soon into the mission, Darth Vader makes his grand return to stop them all. These our the first few steps into our journey. This little bit of information kicks the story off, but what drives it is Luke Skywalker’s relationship with Darth Vader. Luke still believes Darth Vader killed his father, so Luke’s intention is to kill Vader himself which leads us into a whole new adventure never seen before. Their story doesn’t just stop with issue six; it goes on for many, many more and continues to be a key factor in the Star Wars comic series.
I absolutely loved the dynamic between Luke and Vader. It was scary and refreshing to see this new close and personal side to them. It really adds to the films and our perception of the two, even more so than before. But of course this story features all the other characters like I mentioned above; I really, really enjoyed seeing Leia and Han again as well as R2-D2 and Chewbacca. They all come together beautifully and nothing ever feels forced (hehe) upon the reader. It comes naturally and progresses at a really nice pace, not too fast but not too slow. Star Wars, Vol. 1 is the definition of a good comic book series and it’s no wonder it was a massive success at launch and continues to be. Check out our Goodreads group right here to discuss even more!
Up next: Civil War
The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.
We’ll be reading Civil War this month, so make sure to check out the Goodreads group here, follow us on Twitter, and tag us or use #IgglesComicBookAlliance to discuss it even further. Now get to reading folks because you have a side to choose!