In Review: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #2

It's great to see Greedo in action and the book's object of desire is revealed.

The covers: Two covers to pick up for this second issue. The Regular frontpiece is by Tommy Lee Edwards and connects to his cover from the previous issue. This features Greedo carrying a pistol in his hand and a rifle on his back as he makes his way through Black Spire Outpost. He’s observed by an Chevin as he walks toward the reader. There’s some text placed on it in a very generic font that blends in too easily to the artwork; I doubt this was added by Edwards. It should be changed or omitted entirely from future issues. I like this cover and the mist that covers the ground making the setting extra skeevy. The Variant cover is by Will Sliney & David Curiel is even more impressive. Remex has taken a knee and has his pistol held up. Behind him is Wooro with his hands on this hips. To the men’s side is Kendoh with one hand on her hip and the other holding her pistol up. Flanking both sides of the protagonists are stormtroopers of the First Order. To the left is a head shot of Greedo and to the right a head shot of Dok-Ondar. Behind all are some of the buildings of Black Spire Outpost. The artwork is great and the colors are killer. This is a winning combo. Overall grades: Regular A and Variant A+

The story: On Mygeeto, Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi is battling droids with his Marine troopers. “Execute Order 66” is delivered to the soldiers and they kill the Jedi. The lightsaber falls from the Cerean. The story by Ethan Sacks then moves to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiques at Black Spire Outpost. Three First Order troopers are threatening the dealer of relics that his business is “The type of place Resistance spies might seek out if they were looking for something to help turn the tide of the war — a Jedi weapon perhaps. A new dawn is coming, Dok-Ondar. And it won’t be long before owning Jedi weapons will once again be a crime of consequence…” As the trooper delivers this threat a camera planted by Remex transmits the conversation to the him, Kendoh, and Wooro. The Aqualish is bored at the proceedings, so Remex tells him to leave their ship and take a walk. The three are waiting for Dok-Ondar to reveal where he’s hiding an object they want to steal. It’s at this point that the Ithorian tells the tale of how he procured the lightsaber to the troopers. This involves Greedo and a associate procuring something other than the iconic weapon and how things go wrong. It’s a heavy action tale and it gives Greedo some overdue brains. He’s been portrayed as a dumb tool of Jabba in every comic and novel I can think of, so it was nice to see him finally given a decent brain. That makes his fate at Solo’s hands a little better. Just before Greedo’s story ends it’s briefly interrupted by Wooro’s walk and, though only two pages, it shows him to be a pretty smart cookie as well. The object the trio desire is revealed on the final page and I’m incredible interested to see what Sacks does with this item. I enjoyed the story in the present and really enjoyed seeing more of Greedo. Overall grade: A

The art: I also enjoyed the visuals of this issue. The opening page that recounts Ki-Adi-Mundi’s final moments are just as dramatic as they were in Revenge of the Sith. The second page is a full-paged splash introducing the troopers to the reader and they look great. I have no clue what’s happened to the sergeant’s eye, but it’s a cool attribute. I love the point of view in the second panel on Page 3 where the reader can clearly see the proximity of the characters which is important, given the trooper has ignited the lightsaber. I also like the focus on the camera at the bottom in a panel that’s well detailed, showing clearly to the reader how this object could be easily lost among all the other items in the room. Will Sliney has designed a very cool looking ship for the three protagonists and I hope to see more of it as this series continues. The progression of panels at the top of 6 is clever and is a neat bit of visual foreshadowing as to what’s going to occur soon. Greedo’s entrance on 7 has him looking like a boss. The vehicle he and his associate employ is familiar and absolutely resembles its screen version. I was shocked at the visual violence on Page 10; it’s done in a manner that’s not graphic and fits easily into Star Wars fare, but I’ve never seen Greedo do this before. The diagonal panels on 11 increase the tension by making the actions more frantic. The large panel on 14 is a good surprise with the perspective perfect. The character that appears on 17 looks great and is a nice tease of a book spotlighting this character that also came out this week. The design of the object that’s the focus of this series is good, looking like a Pandora’s box of woe. Overall grade: A

The colors: The action that opens this book is much brighter than the event shown in the movie, which is fine, but does rob the moment of some of its emotion. Better are the scenes inside Dok-Ondar’s shop where everything is darkened, giving every character and object an ominous tone. I like that the troopers still have shiny armor in this dim locale. The sounds pop out well, acting as visual clues to the reader about the hidden camera. Dono S├ínchez-Almara with Protobunker do a decent job on the Greedo tale, though everything is really pale, even the sounds. This does give the world a cool look, as it was shown in Episode III, but it makes the backgrounds seem blurry. Case in point, the large panel on 14 is really soft for the power that the location is creating. This makes what occurs not as harsh as it should have been. Things brighten considerably for Woolo’s two pages and, surprisingly, for Pages 17 and 18, which were really dark when shown in the films. I wanted the dynamic colors on 17 and 18 to be used for the entire book. Overall grade: B

The letters: VC’s Travis Lanham creates this issue’s text which is composed of scene settings, dialogue, sounds, transmissions, Ithorian speech, and yells. The scene settings are difficult to make out because they’re colored so lightly and have a white border around them; I’ve been wishing this font abandoned for some time. The same can be said of the dialogue, which is incredibly frail looking, making troopers and iconic villains sound weak. The sounds are big and bold, thankfully, with SLICE being my favorite of the book. I do like the Ithorian speech which is wholly indecipherable to the reader, as it should be. There’s a neat yell on 14 which uses the text to show a character’s fate. Overall grade: B

The final line: It’s great to see Greedo in action and the book’s object of desire is revealed. I really liked the story, giving this infamous second shot (that’s right, I went there) his due as a gunman. The visuals are good, creating excellent action and great looking aliens. The colors were a bit too pale, muting some of the dynamic panels, and the letters continue to contain the flaws of previous Star Wars books. The latter two elements don’t hurt the book considerably, but this could have been a classic tale. This is one to track down. Overall grade: A-

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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.
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