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The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far--the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom againstThe greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far--the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape--while Luke finds himself face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital--and dangerous--secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke? Plus: the menace of Boba Fett!COLLECTING: STAR WARS 1-6...

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Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes Reviews

  • Kemper
    2018-12-06 18:28

    This is really good.And I don’t just mean good as in “This is pretty good for a tie-in comic book.” I mean that this is seriously good as in, “We should use plastic surgery to alter Jason Aaron's appearance so that he is identical to George Lucas. Then we'll invent time travel and send Aaron back to 1999 where he will kidnap and replace Lucas. He will then write better prequels and save us all from much misery and suffering.”That’s how good it is.Set shortly after A New Hope, the good guys are trying to infiltrate and destroy an Imperial weapons manufacturing factory only to have their plans complicated when Darth Vader shows up, and during the ensuing battle he gets seriously interested in that untrained kid waving the lightsaber around. Unaware that Vader is on his trail, Luke is getting frustrated that he has no one to train him to be a Jedi while Leia urges the leaders of the Rebellion to keep pushing their temporary advantage against the Empire, and she’s continually frustrated by that scoundrel Han Solo who keeps hanging around.There’s a lot of smart choices here that build on the events of the first movie. It all flows together in a very organic way, and all of this stuff makes for a compelling story that starts to bridge the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. In addition to that the characters are very well done so that Han Solo in this comic really feels like Han Solo, and it’s not much of a stretch of the imagination to see a young Harrison Ford saying these lines. The art is also very well done with great details that all feel very Star Wars while still having a great sense of pacing for the action. I did have a small issue with the way that Boba Fett is shoehorned in here. It makes sense that Vader might hire a bounty hunter to backtrack Obi Wan Kenobi and figure out who that kid with him was, but bringing Fett in means that things have to get cute when he confronts Luke because the subsequent movies don’t indicate that they had any previous meetings. That part does feel like a bit of forced fan service.Still, this was incredibly fun. It feels like you’re reading the script and storyboards to a long lost Star Wars movie.

  • Alejandro
    2018-11-23 19:02

    The Force is strong in this one!I got this run on its single comic book issues but I am doing the review using this TPB edition to make a better general review about the whole story. The story is set after the events of “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” but before the events of “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”. This TPB edition contains from the title of “Star Wars” #1-6 in its new Marvel Canonic run.Creative Team:Writer: Jason AaronIllustrator: John CassadayTHE FORCE IS BACK, BABY!The great creative team of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday is bringing The Force back to the Star Wars comic books. A brilliant merge between iconic quotes and engaging new dialogues, along with great cinematic-like artwork, where you will get as good as it can be the exciting adventures of Star Wars in the format of comic books.THE DEATH STAR IS GONE BUT...The Rebel Alliance accomplished a decisive blow to the Empire by destroying its brand-new mobile station, The Death Star, with the power of obliterating whole planets. This astonishing feat was done by the young Rebel pilot, Luke Skywalker, however the identity of the new Rebel hero isn’t generally known, and therefore, Darth Vader is doing anything possible to find out the name of that pilot who he felt was strong in the Force.The Galactic Empire suffered a huge economic fall losing the investment done in The Death Star, and now it is contacting the Hutts and other illegal crime lords in the Outer Rim to establish a new line of shipments with any material needed to keep the military structure working.The Rebel Alliance found out, about this new strategy by the Galactic Empire, and Princess Leia and her team prepared a risky hoax to ruin the operations in Cymoon 1, the major Imperial facility in the manufacture of weapons and military vehicles, located in the Corellian System.STRONG IN THE FORCE HE IS BUT...Luke Skywalker is now a Rebel Alliance condecorated hero, responsible for the destruction of The Death Star, and The Force is strong in him, but he is still way too far from being a Jedi, and he is quite aware of that.Luke knows that if he will be up to the expectations of the Rebel Alliance to make the missions that it needs him to do, and to be able to face the Sith Lord Darth Vader, to avenge the deaths of his brief teacher, Obi Wan Kenobi, and his father, Anakin Skywalker, he needs to find a way to learn more about The Force and how to become a real Jedi. Ironically, that learning journey seems to lead him to get back to where everything started, a place that he thought never to return, a world known as Tatooine.However, The Force works in mysterious ways and he won’t be alone in Tatooine.

  • Sean Gibson
    2018-12-03 13:23

    Sure, this is a blatant attempt to cash in on The Force Awakens mania. Sure, this is all about scratching that nostalgic itch for people of a certain age (being of a certain age myself, I can tell you that we are a very itchy demographic). Sure, you could rightly raise a very cynical eyebrow when contemplating the dubious reasons for this book’s very existence from a creative perspective.But, you know what? It’s fun. Lots of fun. Probably more fun that it should be. Aaron nails the characters—watching Leia (commanding and forceful…pun fully intended, of course), Luke (at his whiny best), and Han (cocksure and headstrong) trade banter is fantastic (only Han’s dialogue occasionally feels a little forced), as is seeing Vader and Jabba “negotiate” whilst they watch things get killed (very Vlad the Impaler, Jabba). Cassaday’s art is, as always, brilliant, and his cinematic style suits the Star Wars universe as well as it did Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men Omnibus. The story is fast-paced, action-packed, fun-filled, and all sorts of other compound adjectives.So, screw being cynical. I’m just going to enjoy this for the time being. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some lightsaber sounds to make with my mouth.

  • Dan Schwent
    2018-11-26 19:29

    In the aftermath of A New Hope, The Rebellion is struggling to get along. When Luke Skywalker comes face to face with Darth Vader on a raid, his destiny takes a turn. Who will the Empire send after him? And who is the mysterious woman stalking Han Solo?Imagine my surprise when I returned from the inescapable Christmas morass to find this sitting in my cube.Confession time: There were several times in my life when I binged on everything Star Wars. I've got a hundred or so action figures in a box in my basement and I've read quite a few of the Expanded Universe novels. I wasn't planning on reading this since I thought Dark Empire and Dark Empire II sucked and haven't been up for Star Wars comics much after that.Jason Aaron's tale hit all the right beats and actually felt like a Star Wars comic rather than a comic that happened to have Star Wars characters in it. I liked the Boba Fett subplot but I loved the revelation of who was stalking Han Solo. I thought there may have been a few too many shout outs to Return of the Jedi, though, with the speeder bikes and the garb that resembled Lando's disguise.John Cassady's artwork was spot-on for the most part, although I thought his Darth Vader could use a little work. He did a good job on the Big Three's faces, however, and did a great job on the action.Overall, I think this volume did a good job at building the beginning of the bridge between Episodes IV and V and I'll be ready to take on more, should they cross my path. 3.5 out of 5. The Force is strong with this one.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-28 13:05

    A (not so very) long time ago (the start of 2015 in fact), when Disney refused to renew Dark Horse’s Star Wars licence and gave it to their company, Marvel, instead…(Imagine the music playing and the text begin scrolling)Marvel Star Wars Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars, Volume 1: Skywalker StrikesIt is a fanboy’s perfect fantasy: set between the two best Star Wars movies, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, our heroes – who all look like the original cast from way back then - continue their campaign against the Empire in the wake of successfully blowing up the Death Star. Han Solo leads a covert rebel strike force against the Empire’s biggest weapons factory on Cymoon-1. But things don’t go as planned, especially once the Empire’s “negotiator” appears.Elsewhere, Luke continues his quest to become a Jedi Knight, Leia discovers a massive secret about Han’s past, and Vader investigates this mystery boy mentored by his old friend, Obi-Wan…(Text disappears and camera pans down to empty space – annnnnd scene! But seriously, the classic movie opening style is also how the book is introduced!)Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars is a very good comic and a promising start to Marvel’s new Star Wars line but I don’t think the quality is what made its first issue the biggest-selling single issue in 20 years; the hysteria following that first Star Wars teaser from JJ Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, probably had a lot to do with rekindling peoples’ love of the franchise (not to mention that second teaser – they’re home!!!).That said, the first three issues of this arc are truly outstanding. The rebel attack on Cymoon-1 is expertly choreographed by Aaron who splits up the action between three groups: Chewie, Threepio and the Falcon; Han, Leia and Artoo causing havoc inside the weapons factory; and Luke and Vader duelling. Aaron jumps from one group to the next in perfectly measured doses. The action is exciting and the story fast-moving and completely engrossing. Couple that with Cassaday’s gorgeous art that recalls the glory of those original movies, aided by Laura Martin’s beautiful colours, and it’s the best possible start the series could’ve had.Then the second half of the book starts and… it’s a bit meandering. Aaron’s tightly-knit first half is gone, replaced with characters basically treading water. Han and Leia go looking for a new rebel base, which we know will be Hoth; Luke and Artoo vaguely look for something to help with his Jedi training; Vader stands around looking menacing, wondering who the kid really is (he and Luke haven’t had the “I am your father scene” yet) – it’s underwhelming stuff following on the heels of that blistering opener.Star Wars icon Jabba the Hutt has a cameo and fan favourite Boba Fett plays a large role in the second half of the narrative, both of which helps waylay the increasingly slow-moving, er, “story”. Then it ends on a big soap-opera-esque reveal that’s currently generating lots of spoiler-filled articles on comics sites (and isn’t that great a surprise anyway). Aaron has the voices of the characters down cold, particularly Han whom he writes with a flourish, while Cassaday’s art faithfully replicates the look and feel of those original movies (even if he is a bit too enamoured of the Dutch angle). Besides the second half’s plotting, I have no complaints about the writing or the art – these two are a great match.In terms of the extended universe that was built up over at Dark Horse, I don’t think Marvel have kept any of it - it’s all gone and they’re starting anew. Not so good for fans of all that stuff, good for new readers jumping on board and only have experience of the movies. I’m not a fan of Star Wars comics (I’ve read only one other Star Wars book before this) and I had a blast – I imagine bigger fans of the franchise will gobble this up! Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes is a fine first volume from two creators at the top of their game, and perfectly timed by Disney to take advantage of the keen anticipation for The Force Awakens this Christmas. It’s half a superb book but the other half still has plenty of cool moments to keep readers interested. A grand space-operatic fun read! Here’s hoping you-know-who doesn’t ruin this comic by ever feeling the urge to do a special edition of it!

  • Sr3yas
    2018-11-20 13:03

    I was expecting a possibly irrelevant-bonus-mission kind of story arc here.Yea, that was NOT what I expected.The story takes place between "New hope" and "Empire strikes back". We find our heroes on a mission to sabotage different strategic facilities of the empire to weaken their hold on the galaxy.And as usual, things went south.The first three chapters are total kick ass, featuring spectacular showdowns and excellent chemistry between characters that successfully mimics the original trilogy's charm.*Their marriage must've been really fun*The fourth and fifth chapter considerably slows down, only to deliver an excellent final chapter. The story brings back many delightful old foes and friends. The best part is... they are not here as cameos!And the last two page! I would do sacrifices to old gods just to see a live action of the final scene!(view spoiler)[Just imagine! Vader breathing hard, whispering the name 'Skywalker' in astonishment, which gives way to tremendous anger as he realizes Obi-wan and Padme's final betrayal. The camera slowly widens the shot to reveal the cracking glass while playing the epic imperial march variation BGM!(hide spoiler)]Glorious!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Bradley
    2018-12-09 19:09

    Pretty interesting. It takes place right after Ep. 4 and gives us all a nice taste of Luke and the gang before they got all badass. Some story pieces get filled in between the movies, the iconic banter and classics are all in place. It's a nostalgic piece, and in my opinion, SO much better than all the comics that came out at the original release.After all, this has all the pieces from Ep 1-6 to draw from, plus the millions of fans who want exactly this kind of pretty adventure.Hell. I'm one of them. Fanboys and fangirls are all the same. :)It's fun.It's not high-lit. Its all the bluster and laser blasting and close calls we could ever want. :)

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    2018-12-12 12:32

    Not liked very much the final cliffhanger, but this comic Episode 4.5 of the Star Wars franchise was just epic and far better than expected.And Vader using Storm Troopers as human shields almost made me laugh to tears! XD

  • Sesana
    2018-12-12 18:06

    It shocked the hell out of me, but this is actually really good. I was sort of banking on it being acceptable, but this is well more than that. Aaron has the voices of the characters down cold, especially Han Solo. It looks incredible. As long as the characters basically look like themselves, I'm usually happy with media tie in comics, but this is above and beyond that. Everybody looks perfect, and the art is actually objectively really good outside of just being accurate representations. The first few issues are nicely plotted and action packed. This felt so much like a good Star Wars movie that I was already delighted. The last couple issues are a little more meandering, which is kind of par for the course with Star Wars. It does slow things down a bit, though. But the last issue does have that incredible moment where Vader finds out who Luke really is. It's dramatic and instantly memorable (that image of Vader standing at the cracked window is going to stick) and a hell of a lot more restrained and effective than the end of Revenge of the Sith. Overall, this is a great way to treat a beloved franchise.

  • Dimitris
    2018-12-15 15:25

    WARNING! This comic book may cause fangasm! The Force is strong with Aaron and Cassaday! Their work reminds me of George Lucas at his best! It is a wild ride full of fist-pump-worthy moments, plus it’s rendered with such care to each character’s likeness that it’s practically like watching a secret Star Wars movie that was never released- Star Wars Episode 4.5 Skywalker Strikes!Ps; Stormtroopers still can’t hit anything ;)

  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
    2018-12-05 12:28

    So Marvel got Star Wars back. I was a little sad to see it leave Darkhorse, but then I got my hands on their new flagship comic for the franchise and I was blown away!Yes, all the extended cannon is now a moot point. Yes, everything over the years that the books and comics have built up is now considered 'legend'. But ya know what? I don't even care! Jason Aaron nailed it! Everything about these first 6 issues falls in line perfectly with the vibe of a galaxy far, far away.The first three issues of the six that make up this first arc are, in my opinion, stronger than the 2nd half. Han, Leia and the rest of the usual suspects are infiltrating an Imperial weapons manufacturing plant and as usual when this crew are involved, all hell breaks loose. The final 3 issues are still full of awesome - we get some Jabba The Hutt, some mother-fucking Boba Fett, and a big surprise for Han Solo! Luke is kinda a bitch towards the end, but I'm willing to cut him some slack cuz...well...his entire family is dead now and poor old Ben kicked it too. That's gotta affect a guy to some degree, ya know? Good gravy - just wait until he finds out that he can't bone Leia, but that's getting ahead of ourselves, isn't it?The voice of the characters are bang on, the artwork explodes off the page, and it is right fucking incredible to be back in the action of the Star Wars universe!I've always been a huge Star Wars nut. It's kinda my thing. When I was a wee-little there were pretty much three things that made up my world. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Indiana Jones. Ever since then, even now as an adult, I can't help but squee like a little fangirl whenever something from those three universes excites me!And this book excites me! It excites me very much!In fact...I think I just peed a little.

  • Paul
    2018-11-18 14:05

    Well, this was pretty good, as far as fan-fiction goes.I liked the interaction between Han and Leia, I liked the general tone of the book, I liked the opening raid on the Imperial weapons factory and I liked John Cassaday's artwork quite a bit; he nailed the actor likenesses 90% of the time, which is pretty good going.I didn't really like (view spoiler)[Luke's battle with Boba Fett (hide spoiler)]; it felt a bit too much like fanboy wankery to me. I also let out a huge groan at the reveal of (view spoiler)[Han’s wife (hide spoiler)] at the end of #6... but I'm willing to give Aaron the benefit of the doubt for now and see where he's going with this.Overall, I give the story a three and the artwork a four, for an average of 3.5 stars, but as Goodreads doesn't allow half stars I'm going to round up to four because I'm nice... and because nobody gives a crap what I think anyway.

  • Alex
    2018-12-05 19:25

    Appalling fanwank. Aaron writes Star Wars with the craft of a small child who has just watched the Star Wars trilogy and wants nothing more than to quote it back to his parents. In six issues Luke confronts Vader, Luke confronts Boba Fett, Vader meets Jabba and Han acts like a cad towards Leia - multiple times - all whilst re-quoting the entirety of the Original trilogy back at us in a bastardized form. I couldn't imagine a worse Star Wars comic even if I closed my eyes and used the force, I only give it 2 stars because Cassaday is a great artist when he's on form; sadly Cassaday is not on form here and the inking is fairly poor.This smacks of a rushed out Marvel product designed to cash in on the excitement of Force Awakens but not thinking about how to maintain that excitement in the long term. ironically one of the poorer Star Wars series I'd read prior to this was Marvel's original Star Wars comic, which also felt like it had been written by a small child ... I truly hope they aren't all this bad.

  • Rebekah Gordon
    2018-12-13 15:19

    I barely remember what the plot was and I only finished this a day (two days?) ago, but whatever, I'm giving this book 5 stars, I don't even care. It's [email protected]*#ing awesome. Sidenote, people who get mad/make fun of how Cassaday can't stay on a book for more than 6 issues: um have you SEEN his art though? The fact that a single page doesn't take 8 months is honestly a miracle and also -- look at the characters here! Look at Han! And Leia! Uh anyway yes I liked this book a lot and it made me v happy and also exclaim out loud a lot, you should read it.

  • Anthony
    2018-11-24 14:05

    Disney and Marvel comics bring you: Star Wars! An all new ongoing title set firmly in Star Wars canon featuring all your favourite characters!There was a thing a while ago about canon and how all those Dark Horse comics that had been coming out for about 15 years that were considered canon are now no longer canon. When Disney bought the licence to Star Wars, they streamlined the franchise to make it more accessible for old and new fans.Marvel decided to put some of the big talent on a new line of Star Wars comics and made a whole thing about a new Star Wars number 1 since it was Marvel Comics that first published the Star Wars comics back in the 70s.This is the main book and follows Luke, Han, Leia and other characters in events that take place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.I thought I'd check out the first issue just to see what it was like and ended up sticking with the first arc because it's actually pretty good. Aaron doesn't tip-toe around stuff in fear of messing with canon, there's stuff in here which is awesome and that we didn't get to see in the original movies. There's an encounter between Luke and Vader, Han piloting an AT-AT and even Boba Fett vs Luke Skywalker. It almost reads like high-end fan fiction because of the stuff that is happening.And it's a really fun and good Star Wars comic with some great art by John Cassaday.I never thought I'd be reading and enjoying an in-continuity Star Wars comic from Marvel, but here I am, enjoying it.

  • Lata
    2018-11-29 19:20

    I didn't think it was possible, but Luke has become dumber and more reckless, while Han lacks all charm and smarts, and Leia makes the occasional really dumb decision (not to mention, why did she have to change into her stupid white dress during a mission when she was in disguise?) I hope the next set of issues is better, or I'll just have to think the Rebels literally stumbled, totally accidentally, into occasional wins against the Empire.

  • Jesse A
    2018-12-10 13:05

    Probably a bit closer to 3.5 stars. Good story, nice art.

  • Daniel
    2018-12-09 14:26

    Vrlo zabavan serijal sa odlicnim crtezom koji fino nadopunjuje pricu posle cetvrtog (Prvog :) ) filma. Za fanove obavezno stivo.

  • Matthew
    2018-12-10 17:18

    May the Force be with YouI believe this review must be epic to apologize for my lack of reading in these past few months.This GIF pretty sums up my feelings towards this new Star Wars comic series and Star Wars VII: Force Awakens. Whenever I get to watch the films, watch the television show, or read the books and comics, I get to feel like the little four year old I was when I saw Phantom Menace. Purely magical. That is an experience one does not forget for the rest of one's lifetime and I always try to reach the inner child of myself when it comes to fantasy worlds whether it be Harry Potter or Star Wars. When it comes to Marvel's 1st Star Wars comic, it deals with our iconic characters on a mission to destroy the largest weapons factory in the galaxy located in Cymoon 1 on the Corellian Industrial Center. The storyline takes place a few months after A New Hope and way before Empire Strikes Back. In order to destroy the factory, Han Solo disguises himself as a messenger for Jabba the Hutt to negotiate with Overseer and infiltrate the complex. Luke and Leia are disguised as bodyguards while Chewie stands as sniper, and C-3PO is hiding with the Millennium Falcon to not raise any suspicion. At first everything is going according to plan and they are able to begin the factory meltdown but are unaware that a surprise lurks in their mist. They thought that the Empire sent normal imperial troops to be the negotiator but in actuality it is Darth Vader who comes and rain on their parade. Believing that the rebel alliance would try to destroy the factory, he brought his reinforces to capture and kill these rebels. For believing it was going to be simple plan now the gang has to deal with all this drama which looks gloomier as every escape plan is detoured by the imperials.I cannot write anymore because if I do then I will spoiler this first volume for those who are waiting for the traded paperback. I am fortunate enough to own the individual comics because I do not have the patience to wait for months on end to figure out what is happening in the Star Wars universe. But all I got to say is that there are a few surprises that come to mind with these iconic and lovable characters like Han Solo. What I love about this series is that they stay true to the characters and the writers perform an amazing job at transferring our characters from the films to paper. As I was reading this comic, I could not help myself having the characters voices in my head and for a moment it felt like I was watching Star Wars 4.5 then reading a comic book!The illustrations were on point and the illustrators made it a point to get crucial detail towards making the characters look life-like and having the different battle scenes look creative and mind blowing. The ending on the final volume made my mouth drop in shock. Right after I finished reading this volume, my cravings for Star Wars has multiplied and I am trying to consume all that is available for me because I am at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what Star Wars 7 is about and there are endless possibilities of what it will be and whether it will live up to the fans expectations.I find it difficult for these writers to create a fascinating story where we already know what happens to the characters but they perform above and beyond to cater to the die-hard fans, and to the beginners who are just getting to know the Star Wars universe. Even though I know these characters are going to survive, I was still swept away from the story and I believe that is the best form of storytelling where you capture your audience on the first page. For those who are wondering whether to read it or not, I highly recommend it not only for the plot but there are tons of details that was never able to be put into the movies and now we get the chance to learn more about Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more. We get to understand why the characters behave the way they do and especially how Darth Vader figure out Luke Skywalker's name.I hope everyone will enjoy these brand new series as much as I do!

  • Quentin Wallace
    2018-11-24 18:30

    Wow! This is the Star Wars comic I've been waiting on!With a team like Jason Aaron and John Cassady, I expected a decent comic, but this far exceeded my expectations. This story is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and from what I understand this is considered canon now. So this is like the "official" story of what happened between the two movies. There are probably a few discrepancies die hard fans may not like, such as Luke Skywalker battling Darth Vader before Bespin, but still. the book is so cool it's hard not to like it.There are just some really cool moments here with my personal favorites being Darth Vader interacting with Jabba the Hutt, and the coolest moment: Boba Fett Vs Luke Skywalker. This is a young, untrained Luke, so it's not truly an epic battle, but still, how cool is that?If you are a Star Wars fan, you'll probably like this. If you're a comic fan AND a Star Wars fan, you will like it even more! I highly recommend this one.

  • Nicholas West
    2018-12-09 16:09

    I’d be hard pressed to rate Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes any lower than five stars. I have some reservations, call it a rating of 4.6 or 4.7 perhaps. But I’ll be goddamned if this doesn’t capture the whiz-bang excitement of the original Star Wars Trilogy. This creative team is knocking it right out of the Death Star Trench.I personally get a little burned out on the amount of Star Wars media that exists. Consuming the movies (every year now for heaven’s sake!), cartoons, toys, books, video games, and you-name-it is exhausting. And honestly, I’ve had so much of this universe thrown at me that a new movie coming out this Christmas (Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi) barely raises my fanboy meter. But I see the cover to this book and zowie! it practically commands me to pick it up. Add that to the fact that John Cassaday is one of my favorite comic book artists of all time and I am in.Now, here’s the real test, how is the writing? Holy-bantha-fodder, Jason Aaron, you have raised this fanboy’s meter to the roof. The plotting is tight enough to be exciting, while at the same time loose enough to retain the schlocky fun of the OT. Each of the characters has a unique voice that matches the original actors! That’s no easy feat for an author. My god, man — hats off.I’m practically gushing. And for those familiar with me (or my reviews) you know I can be a pretentious twat. It takes some major talent to break through my cynicism barriers. This sucker sliced through my armor like a lightsaber through stormtroopers. Hell, I’ve literally been walking around today with the John Williams score buzzing in my head just from reading this thing.Skywalker Strikes drops us into the Star Wars universe right after the Rebels have destroyed the Death Star. Princess Leia is pressing their advantage and commanding a sabotage run on an Imperial weapons factory. The whole crew is in tow: Han, Luke, Chewbacca, C3P0, and R2D2.It wouldn’t be an Original-Trilogy-era Star Wars if Darth Vader didn’t show up. He does — and his scenes are exciting, monstrous, and devilishly fun. Aaron uses Vader to add a darkly comic through line that wouldn't feel out of place in The Empire Strikes Back. Vader is a mean old bastard and heavy duty when he hits the ground in any given scene. He remains one of the biggest and best bad guys ever committed to cinema or sequential art.If all of this sounds familiar, don’t worry. There’s enough mystery and intrigue to keep the pages turning. Han is still testing his place in the group dynamic. He’s the rogue we first fell in love with. Luke is trying to figure out where he stands as a student of the force without a mentor. He has the best plots and character arc. Leia has less of an arc here than the boys. She is smart, tough, and (as always) riled up by Han’s demeanor. There are glimpses of her personality that fill out the character in a way that sheds new light on the warrior-princess. I’ll take that as a win.I will say, this story ended on a a bit of a down note as it was a cliffhanger. Now I understand that this is an ongoing series, but I’m at the point in my life where when I pick up a trade-paperback I want it to be a complete story. Alas, years of X-Men comics have taught me that sometimes you just have to take it as it is. Also, without giving anything away, the last page revelation concerning a major character was groan worthy. It felt like a Firefly episode, not a Star Wars story. You’ll see what I mean. Perhaps this was intended by Mr. Aaron as something coming full circle in inspiring each other: Star Wars to Firefly to Star Wars — and the character design by Mr. Cassaday even suggests this, but I’m not sure. Either way, I didn’t dig it.Still, I highly recommend the first six issues of this ongoing Star Wars series. Even though I had a free ebook copy, I’m thinking about picking up the physical one for my shelf — and so my wife and kids can read this fantastic piece of pop art.Note: I understand that coupling this run with the Marvel series Vader only adds to the fun factor.Next up: Vader. :)p.s. Please forgive my Star Wars-style play-on-words with the ol’ descriptive clichés.

  • Blindzider
    2018-12-06 15:14

    3.5 starsFor those not in the know (like I was) this takes place immediately after "A New Hope". I liked the idea that the rebels are basically trying to "clean up" the last various outposts of the Empire which is still operating at some level. Luke is still very much untrained as a Jedi (remember this is before "Empire". The same "feeling" of the films is there: the camaraderie, friendly ribbing, bickering. My main complaints about the writing are that some snippits of the plot were basically taken from other films. If you haven't seen the films, it's no big deal, but if you already have, it feels a little like mining your past successes to keep the franchise going (i.e. "The Force Awakens".) Same goes for some of the dialogue. Some of it is "Yeah, that's sounds like Han because it sounds similar or the same as what he said before." as opposed to "Yeah that sounds like something Han would say."Cassaday's art is tremendous. He captures the original actors' faces extremely well, right down to Han's smirk. As usual, his storytelling from panel to panel is excellent. I did enjoy this, despite my complaints. There are some new little story tidbits that may actually fill in some of the gaps between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". There's also a major twist at the end of this volume.

  • Donovan
    2018-11-15 18:31

    Oh my god yes. Fanboy's delight. Aaron writes this spot on. Kieron Gillen needs to take lessons from Aaron on this. There's humor and tension from Han and Leia, Luke struggles to understand what it means to be a Jedi yet possesses power and knowledge of the Force, Threepio is incompetent, R2 is awesome, Chewie is the brave friend in the nick of time, and Vader continues his arduous quest of solving the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, while also wielding the power of the dark side like a Sith bad ass. This feels just like the movies. I read this fast as hell.

  • Katie
    2018-12-09 12:24

  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    2018-12-10 13:15

    OH MAN. Review to come, I have a lot to say and it's all good!First off, this is set between A New Hope and Empire, which is awesome. The art is fantastic; it feels exciting and action packed, and looks like the Star Wars I know and love. It also SOUNDS like the Star Wars I know and love- the dialogue is amazing!! Each character's personality is captured to a T- Han and Leia have the best banter. It feels seamless while we're still getting an "unknown" story. And the Vader-Tattooine issue! Some truly chilling panels. So. Good. The volume ends on a super surprising note so I can't wait to read Volume 2! This is the kind of Star Wars comic I was looking for ;)

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2018-12-04 18:04

    I've never been massively into Star Wars, but like the entire population of the planet, I saw The Force Awakens and fancied looking into the new canon, so where better to start than with Marvel's new ongoing series? Even before reading them, I knew Marvel were throwing their top talent at these books, with Jason Aaron and John Cassaday here, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca on Darth Vader, and a cavalcade of excellence on the rotating mini-series too.Set between Episodes IV and V, this story follows the Rebel Alliance as they try to destablize the already unstable Empire after their successful destruction of the Death Star. Of course, all doesn't go as planned, and it leads to a massive confrontation between Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Threepio, Artoo, and of course, Luke Skywalker, with Darth Vader and the Empire's forces. The first three issues fly by, they're full of action and excellent dialogue - you can really hear the characters' voices when they speak, especially Threepio's neuroticness, Luke's self-doubt, and Han's quirky charm.The latter three issues are a bit slower as Han and Leia head off on their own adventure whilst Luke goes back to Tatooine to try and work out his own inner turmoils. Of course, neither of these go very well either, and end with a pair of cliffhangers that make me very glad that volume 2 is out in a few weeks time.John Cassaday seems to have recovered from his Uncanny Avengers fatigue and turns in some excellent work here - all of the characters have their movie counterparts' appearances, and the action almost explodes off of the page. It's a shame he didn't do any more issues, but with Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi, and Mike Deodato all lined up for the next few issues, that softens the blow somewhat.Even a casual Star Wars fan can enjoy this - it's easy to slip into the universe of the characters with only the basic knowledge about who they all are, the dialogue rings true, and the art is great. The second three issues are a bit slow compared to the first three, but it's definitely enough to keep me hooked and coming back for more.

  • Paul
    2018-12-06 18:27

    Love this continuation of the universe. Perfectly picks up after A New Hope.

  • Darren
    2018-11-27 13:07

    Wow.Skywalker Strikes is my first Marvel Star Wars TPB experience. Put simply... was like watching a continuation of Ep IV in graphic novel form.It's that good.Pacing and dialogue was excellent. So too was the use of wit and timing (Solo is a prime example of this). I also enjoyed how Aaron wove threads between Skywalker Strikes and Vader, especially via Boba Fett. And... especially toward the end of the book 6 in this compilation. [VERY minor spoiler alert]...After just having seen The Force Awakens last night, my mind is spinning with the possible implications for Han that Aaron introduces us to in book 6 of this volume! Realizing that this storyline is indeed canon, I wonder what this meant for a certain relationship of his...Of the three Marvel TPB's I've read this month, including this book, Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1: Vader, and Star Wars: Princess Leia, Skywalker Strikes is definitely the high water mark. Lightsabers down.Easily 5/5.

  • Joe
    2018-11-30 13:27

    I'm conflicted over this new Star Wars collection. Was it fan service? Oh yes, but I'm a fan so I enjoyed it. Did they lean too heavily on tropes that we already know? I've got a bad feeling that they did. Are some of the encounters between characters in this book ridiculous given what we already know about Star Wars continuity? Surely! But even given all of this, if you're a Star Wars fan you will surely enjoy this book.So this book takes place after A New Hope but before The Empire Strikes Back. I'll just make a list of all the craziness:1. Luke fights Darth Vader.2. Han steals an AT-AT.3. Luke fights Boba Fett.4. Han is(was?) MARRIED!!!5. Chewie has a sniper rifle and isn't afraid to use it...to try and assassinate Darth Vader!!!This book is straight cuckoo bananas and I can't wait to read the next collection.

  • Paul Decker
    2018-12-01 18:31

    This trade paperback collects the first six issues of the ongoing Marvel Star Wars series. Since this is an ongoing series, there isn't any finality to the end of the story. It is cool to see Imperial equipment and characters form later in the trilogy come into play early as this book takes place shortly after A New Hope. The artwork is fantastic and the comic overall does an excellent job of getting that Star Wars feel, but it definitely is just the start of the comic. I'm excited to see where it goes. I want independent arcs that introduce new and interesting characters, places, and creatures. I give this trade paperback a 4/5. I will continue reading this series as it releases in trade paperback. I do enjoy the miniseries Marvel has done more. I like having a complete story tied up.