Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin TPB [2013]


STAR WARS VOLUME 1: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN TRADE PAPERBACK
Writer Brian Wood follows characters of Luke, Han, Leia, and Vader after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Wood captures the unresolved emotions which were never explored in the films: the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the destruction of Alderaan, the death of Luke’s aunt, uncle, and his best friend Biggs. After the destruction of Yavin, the rebellion is trying to find another planet however the Empire is hot on their trails. Fearing a spy within their ranks, Mon Mothma orders Leia to find another planet or find the spy.

Darth Vader is demoted by his master the Emperor as Colonel Bircher assumes command of his Star Destroyer. Vader supervises the construction of the Second Death Star above the moon of Endor. Meanwhile Col. Bircher prepares an elite group of TIE interceptors to crush the rebels.

Leia assembles a secret group of new X-Wing pilots with new X-Wings. She later grounds Luke for disobeying her and another pilot Prithi. Leia deals with the onslaught of Col. Bircher and his TIE interceptors.

Han Solo and Chewie are targeted on Black Market worlds and the Empire for ripping off Jabba the Hut and aiding the Empire, respectively. They both take the Falcon and head towards the Imperial Center of Coruscant to meet Mon Mothma’s contact. They are double-crossed and fight their way out as Imperial Stormtroopers pursue them.

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
- Vader discovers the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star: Skywalker
Leia is severely injured after the battle with the TIE interceptors
- Han and Chewie are being chased by bounty hunters Boba Fett and Bossk
- Leia is saved by Luke and the search for the spy and a new planet continues

This paperback collects
Star Wars #1-6

RECOMMENDED – 4 OUT OF 5