Before I do this review: due to the fact that Superman Unchained and American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell had boosted prices, I didn’t get Nightwing, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Batgirl next week. I will get them next Wednesday, and I will review them, but not this week.
Anyways, on to the sixth issue of Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda’s Star Wars series. Like the five issues proceeding this one, Star Wars #6 is a really, really amazing book. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s my favorite issue of the series. This may surprise some people, as I think that people may have not enjoyed it for the reason that I really loved it. The past five issues have all been able to mash all the storylines into a 20 page comic, and that has worked, so far. And, really, I’ve loved that. But, instead of that somewhat fractured style of story telling in this issue, it focuses almost entirely on Leia’s squadron. Part of the reason that the issue is mostly able to stay in that one story line is because so many of the characters are together now. Luke and Prithi joined Wedge, Leia, and Tess, and, continuing from last issue, they’re battling Colonel Bircher. This always most of the book’s leads to really come together for the first time, and this particular plot really got the chance to get fleshed out.
Until the last three pages, the plot following those characters is the only one in the issue. This actually allows Wood and D’Anda do create a really awesome last three pages. Each of the story lines gets one or two panels, and it creates this cool montage feel, showing us where all the other characters are. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of what Geoff Johns did at the end of Justice League #12, where he gave us a hint of what’s to come in the future. This does that, but n a much better way. It integrates it into the story in a way that works really well. Sure, neither Luke nor Wedge appears in any of these panels, but their individual story lines are pushed forwards because of the other characters having their story lines being pushed forwards.
We also get to see some more of the behind the scenes political stuff again, which we haven’t seen since Leia’s team left the Home One. This time, though, it’s between Mon Mothma, Wedge, and Luke, since Leia is in a bacta tank after the team’s encounter with Bircher. Speaking of which, that was a really great scene. Seriously, Carlos D’Anda’s art really made that scene. Wood’s writing was great, but man, D’Anda really kills every single scene in space. His art style is so awesome, and the ships look especially beautiful. Not to say that he doesn’t do anything else well, because he does. Everything he draws in this issue is amazing. It can look a little cartoony, but the art style works so well, and melds so well with what Brian Wood is doing on the writing side as well. The whole issue is super, super amazing.