by Matthew Langlois, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Jason Aaron with Art by John Cassaday and Laura Martin
My dad introduced me to Star Wars when I was around 6 or 7 years old. He sat me on the couch and put the Star Wars tape in the VHS. It was glorious. Since I obviously loved my first foray into George Lucas’ world, he then rented back to back Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi from the local video store. I was completely hooked and I started requesting Star Wars figurines of my favorite characters (Luke, R2D2, Chewbacca, Darth Vader). I was 9 when Phantom Menace came out. I was ecstatic. I was getting to watch a Star Wars movie in a movie theater! I am well aware that the movie suffers a lot in retrospect, but to a 9-year-old, it was just another incredible Star Wars movie with better than ever special effects.Where am I going with that? Not since I was 13 (with the release of Revenge of the Sith) have I managed to be that excited about the Star Wars universe. I was never interested in the books (to me Star Wars is and always will be a visual media) and the animated series didn’t have the right feel. Sure I had many chances to re-watch the movies, but it was never the same as experiencing them for the first time. The Star Wars comics changed all that.
I have shown nothing short of reverence for the new Star Wars comics since they started hitting the stands. Not because they are sensational, which they are, but because they make me rediscover every week the magic which use to marvel me as a child. Aaron and Cassaday’s opus is probably the biggest reason for that rekindling of my passion as they offer us a book that feels like the original trilogy and looks simply stunning.
Star Wars #5 is again split into two storylines as Luke returns to Tattooine in search of answers about his past and his future while Han and Leia begin to look out for a new planet to move the rebel base. Unfortunately, each party also has one of Vader’s bounty hunters on its trail. The issue has something for every fan. Light sabers fight? Yes. Space pursuits? Yes. Bobba Fett being his usual awesomeness? Yes. Chewbacca? Y… well not this time, but he’s sure to pop up again sooner than later. Aaron again presents us with great characterizations and enthralling dialogues. He manages to recapture the essence of the original trilogy: from Han and Leia bickering interactions to Luke’s quest to discover who he truly his. Cassaday’s art is again stellar as it perfectly sets the mood for Aaron’s writing and presents us with a book one can only want to re-read ad nauseam (I’ve already devoured it three times).
There are still seven months left until Episode VII is released in the theaters, but as long as Aaron and Cassaday are putting forth such an incredible series, the wait won’t seem so interminable.