In Review: Star Wars #30

This book should only be bought for the visuals.

The covers: A trio to track down on this concluding chapter of “Yoda’s Secret War”. The Regular cover is by Stuart Immonen and it’s a stunning piece. On a rocky outcropping that’s beginning to tilt, Luke Skywalker uses his lightsaber to deflect a blast of energy from a grown up Garro, who’s dressed in robes similar to Ben Kenobi. Boulders large and small hurl around them. The coloring is spectacular in different shades of violet. This is an amazing cover. The Star Wars 40th Anniversary variant cover is by Javier Rodriguez. The holographic image of Leia Organa, projected by R2-D2, sits on a table before C-3PO, Luke, and Ben. The layout is fine, but the coloring is much too dark. This cover falters because of the colors. Luke and Ben’s eyes are glowing like a bad cartoon. This is the first poor cover of this variant series. The Action Figure Variant cover is by John Tyler Christopher and I grabbed it off the shelves as soon as I saw it. General Maximilian Veers, credited as the “AT-AT Commander”, is the image. It gloriously shows Julian Glover in his final garb from The Empire Strikes Back. I love this film, especially the Hoth scenes, so this was a must purchase variant for me. Overall grades: Regular A+, Star Wars 40th Anniversary Variant D, and Action Figure Variant A+

The story: Luke is face to face with a grown up Garro, who is robed in crimson. Blue crystals shaped like daggers swirl about the Jedi. One strikes his back. Garro asks if Yoda told him how he ruined the world, with another dagger striking Luke’s shoulder. As Luke pulls the dagger out, he’s told, “He didn’t tell you about them, did he? No, because he didn’t know. He never came back to see what his presence here wrought.” Crystalline figures crawl out of the sand. “Look at them. Look upon all that’s left of our once-mighty living mountains.” Using the Force, Garro pulls the blade out of Skywalker’s shoulder, stating, “And then get ready to help me kill them.” The scene then flashes back to the past, as the mountain sized blue crystal creature is about to bring its massive foot down on Yoda, but the Jedi Master is holding it back. This stuns the Rockhawkers, who rally to use their abilities to help the mountain crush the small Jedi. This is a really strong opening from Jason Aaron, but one story is not as strong as the other. Yoda’s story is fantastic, with him demonstrating what a master is capable of. It’s a great story with a terrific emotional punch. Luke’s, on the other hand, serves to teach Garro something. It comes off with too quick a conclusion for Garro, too easy for him to reach an end. The final two pages are tacked on conclusions that add nothing to either story. The only way this could have been salvaged was to see the after effects of what Luke does, rather than get a wistful Yoda ending. Very disappointing. Overall grade: C-

The art: The artwork by Salvador Larroca is superb. Luke looks just like Mark Hamill. Looking at Luke wielding his lightsaber while wearing his X-wing flight suit is worth the cover price alone for the visuals. The crystal daggers that attack him look wicked, beautiful but primitive, with their points absolutely ferocious. Garro’s grown up visage is mostly covered by his robe. He resembles the Emperor in this garb, with his haggard face instantly disputing this similarity. The remarkable scenes are with Yoda. The Jedi Master is sensational as he battles the mountain, with Page 6 being perfection. 13 has a four panel sequence that is awesome, funny, and strong. Young Garro looks great, with his make up being key to showing the reader who the grown up individual attacking Luke is. The crystal creatures also look really well drawn, with 8 showing several in a large panel springing to life. It’s neat to see that they are not all two armed and two legged, that they are brought to life in the form most necessary to them, and not for easy reader identification. The most emotional page is 15, with five panels that show the fall of one character, which leads to the current troubles for Skywalker. The final page does have an awkward layout, with too much empty space, and odd placement of the first two panels. Yes, Yoda’s point of view is understood, but he’s looking at literally nothing, so the impact of his words are muted. With exception to this final page, I really like what I’m seeing. Overall grade: A

The colors: There’s also no faulting the coloring by Edgar Delgado. The blue crystals, be they the daggers, the mountain, or the animated crystal people, really stand out on the yellow planet. Also standing out are the red robes of Garro, with the colors giving him an instant sinister vibe. Yoda’s skin looks amazing, and so does Luke’s, especially on Pages 10 and 12. I’m not a fan of the actions on Page 17, but the coloring in the final two panels on the page is epic. Delgado has done a strong job on this issue. Overall grade: A+ 

The letters: Dialogue, yells of pain, and the mountain’s unique speech are brought to life by VC’s Clayton Cowles. When Luke is struck by the crystals on the first page he has two different outbursts of pain. The first yell is fine, but the second one really needed a different font altogether; it currently looks as if it were just an enlarged version of the first. If the pain is greater, the font shouldn’t just be increased, but visually different to show the change in pain. The font on 12 used for another of Luke’s cries looks ludicrous. I’ve bemoaned the horrible font used for dialogue on this series, and this book serves to show it shouldn’t be used for cries of pain either. Overall grade: C+

The final line: This book should only be bought for the visuals. The dual stories are unequal and the lettering decreases its enjoyment considerably. Overall grade: B

To order a digital copy of this book go to

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
    No Comment