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This Is an Empire Strikes Back Prequel

Just like the Star Wars movies, each issue will begin with its own opening crawl and subtitle. Having an opening crawl at the start of every issue will likely allow new readers to pick up the series in the middle of a story arc and have some idea of whats going on.

Star Wars #1 is subtitled “Skywalker Strikes.” The crawl explains that, following the destruction of the Death Star, “it is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion.”

“With the Imperial Forces in disarray, the Rebels look to press their advantage by unleashing a daring offensive throughout the far reaches of space, hoping to defeat the Empire once and for all and at last restore freedom to the Galaxy.”

But the Empire isn’t down and out, and they are obviously going to do all that they can to “strike back”.

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This Is a Fun Ensemble Story

The story begins with the whole gang together again leading a covert mission on Cymoon 1, in the Corellian industrial sector. Masquerading as representatives for Jabba the Hutt, Han Solo leads the rebel crew of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and R2-D2 into an Imperial factory while C3PO and Chewbacca help from remote positions. And yes it’s fun to spend some more time with our favorite characters again, even in comic book form.

The characters feel very much like how we remember them from the original trilogy and it’s fun to see them in a era where we know their futures — for instance we see some more of the romantic tension between Han and Leia and it’s interesting to see Luke again before he finds out that Darth Vader is his father.

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There Are Many (Too Many?) Callbacks To The Original Trilogy

We get it, this is not prequel-era Star Wars. The first issue of the new ongoing comic series makes this point very loadly, often using callbacks to famous lines from the original trilogy. For instance in the opening pages C3PO says a variation of the “I have a bad feeling about this” line that has appeared in all the films. A few pages later Luke tries an Obi-wan and tells someone that “these aren’t the _____s you’re looking for.” Most of the callbacks are funny variations and not just simple repeats but it still feels a bit too much.

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