Synopsis: The next steps on Luke Skywalker’s search for Jedi wisdom begin here! Following a mysterious vision he received on CLOUD CITY, Luke travels to a lost planet looking for a woman he believes may hold the key to his Jedi future and that of the entire Rebellion. But will he arrive at his destination in time to learn what he needs… or will the evil DARTH VADER get there first?
After months away due to the pandemic. Star Wars is back and this issue picks things up from where issue 4 left off and wastes little time in doing so. The opening few panels show us what happens to anyone that dares to impersonate Luke Skywalker as Darth Vader force chokes a young con artist trying to get some piloting work for himself.
Then the action jumps to the real Luke Skywalker landing on a mysterious planet as he seeks out a Jedi he saw in his vision while he was looking for his lightsaber on Cloud City, but when he finally catches up with Verla. She is not particularly keen to teach him and is surprised at his ignorance when it comes to Order 66 and the great purge.
Jesus Saiz provides some great panels for this issue. The opening few pages are particularly dramatic as we see Darth Vader dispatch his brand of justice on an unfortunate con man who was merely using the Skywalker name to try and get some work.
The panels where the real Luke Skywalker is navigating the caves to try and catch up with Verla are beautifully done and provide a nice sense of cinematic tension as Luke triggers the various traps that await him.
Like many readers. I’ve been missing ‘Star Wars’ for the last few months and am glad it is back. This is a promising beginning to what could well be an interesting and fun story arc. I loved the references to Order 66 and the fact that Obi-Wan and Yoda seemingly never told Luke about it. I’ll be interested to find out if Luke will get to commune with the force ghost of Obi-Wan at some stage after this story to ask why this information was kept from him.
Verla gets a great introduction and looks like she could be an interesting character and a pretty good teacher for Luke. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Overall. A solid issue.