|STAR WARS No. 6, August 2015|
One of the biggest disappointments of the 1983 motion picture “Return Of The Jedi” is arguably the lamentably brief battle upon one of Jabba the Hutt’s desert skiffs between notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett and the Galactic Empire’s greatest threat, Luke Skywalker. Some thirty years later and writer Jason Aaron has attempted to partially correct George Lucas’ fifty second oversight by dedicating the vast majority of his final instalment of the “Skywalker Strikes” story-arc to just such a colossal contest.
Admittedly in many ways depicting an early encounter between the young inexperienced rebel pilot and the ruthless son of Jango was always going to fall short of the excitement their cinematic clash should have generated. After all the former moisture farmer has yet to become “a true Jedi” and as the murderous mercenary himself states during their comic book confrontation Luke is so overmatched that he ‘shouldn’t be able to fight him’.
Surprisingly though the Alabama-born author does a very good job of infusing this ten-page long battle scene with plenty of excitement, urgency and action. Indeed the frantic pace of the two combatants as they exchange blows within the claustrophobic confines of Obi Wan Kenobi’s home on Tatooine is genuinely worthy of being official canon. Especially as it provides an increasingly frustrated Fett with some great moments as his supposedly easy prey continuously outwits and outfights him despite being temporarily blinded by a flash grenade before the contest even started.
Far less successful are the scenes involving Han Solo’s awkward attempt to seduce Leia Organa on an “oasis” planet hidden “underneath an atmosphere… of the most violent electrical storms.” The stilted dialogue is as clumsy as the Corellian smuggler’s unromantic advances towards the Princess, and the fact this sequence intermittently interrupts Skywalker’s ferocious battle with Boba makes the entire scene all the more intrusively unwelcome. To make matters worse however Aaron also decides to use this disagreeable interlude in order to introduce the scoundrel’s wife, Sana Solo into the ‘Star Wars Universe.
Sadly Issue Six of “Star Wars” is also the last edition to be drawn by Eisner Award-winner John Cassaday. The American artist’s departure is particularly disheartening as his illustration work throughout this book is simply stunning, especially when it comes to his pencilling of the Mandalorian-armoured bounty hunter’s tense dual with the light-sabre wielding Luke.
|The regular cover art of "STAR WARS" No. 6 by John Cassaday and Laura Martin|