Star Wars #1 (2013) Review – A grounded take on the spaghetti space opera from Brian Wood
Star Wars #1 Short Version: Brian Wood takes the story of Star Wars and grounds in reality in the great new series from Dark Horse comics. The stakes seem higher than many previous Star Wars efforts, giving a sense of the struggle and odds facing the Rebels after the events of the first film.
Star Wars #1 Writer: Brian Wood
Star Wars #1 Artist: Carlos D’anda
Star Wars #1 Review
I have been a fan of Star Wars for basically as long as I can remember. As a child, I have memories of sitting on the floor, watching the Hoth battle, trying to get as close to the TV as possible to take in every detail. You could consider my mind well-and-truly blown. As a teenage, my love for the series was rekindled by the re-releases, leading me briefly into the world of the Extended Universe (most notably, the Thrawn trilogy, since I found much of the rest of the stuff lacking). So, when I saw Brian Wood (The Massive, DMZ was going to be releasing a new Star Wars comic for Dark Horse I was … intrigued, but not convinced. I was interested to see what Wood, whose work so frequently has a certain gravitas to it, would be bringing to the classic Spaghetti Space Opera. So frequently authors spend time trying to recreate the movies that they lose sight of doing anything interesting with the series.
Luckily, with Star Wars #1, Wood does not fall into this trap. Oh, what he is writing is definitively Star Wars – the story of the Rebel Alliance following the events of the first film, having dealt a massive blow to the Empire, but still a huge underdog. But his vision of Star Wars is a more grounded one. The characters have real concerns about things they should be concerned about, there is resentment in their ranks and there are still doubts that they can accomplish what they have set out to do. It’s the original Star Wars,only brought one step closer to reality, I think, and I’m really excited to see where it goes going forward. Seeing if Wood can continue imbuing these characters that were so much larger than life with a little more humanity. Even Vader gets a little dimension in Star Wars #1. The whole thing makes sense in terms of the plot, with people reacting to the stress and difficulties of an intergalactic conflict on both sides. The art deserves mention, too. It’s all lovingly drawn by Carlos D’anda, who has drawn a beautiful comic book (the space scenes, all bathed in blue, are really gorgeous).