Review: STAR WARS #31

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 17, 2017

Things heat up for the farm boy as Aphra’s plans with the Queen go a bit awry…

Okay, maybe that’s putting it mildly. As readers found out at the conclusion of the first issue of the Screaming Citadel crossover, this infamous Queen had different plans for Luke than what Doctor Aphra had foreseen. While her intentions with Luke were most likely completely self-serving anyway, in Star Wars #31 things get a little messier than she was bargaining for and all hell breaks loose.

It’s really fun when all hell breaks loose in the Star Wars Universe.

Jason Aaron captures Aphra’s personality well, which I wasn’t sure about coming into this issue as she is a very unique Kieron Gillen creation. There are some characters that have such defined personalities and voices when written by a singular person that they can feel off when another creator takes the reins, but that is not the case here. Her quips are as sharp as ever and I love her interactions with Luke. She exposes his naïveté like only Han Solo has before, but with an even more fabulous bite.

The story progresses at a fast clip, and this issue covers pretty good ground. I love that the creative teams didn’t wait forever to reveal the Queen’s desires and have the shit really hit the fan, because now readers get 3 more issues of complete mayhem…and I like mayhem.

Salvador Larroca’s work is consistent with what readers have seen in this series thus far. He’s obviously no stranger to Aphra, and I noticed he and Delgado highlighted her ethnicity more than other art teams have. That was definitely welcomed, and the art in this issue is solid. The Queen is striking and powerful, leaping from the page because of Delgado’s bold colour work.

Star Wars #31 is a strong second chapter in this Screaming Citadel crossover. The team working on this mini-event has my attention and it is obvious they are having some fun with this one. The Star Wars spirit is alive and well in this story and I’m excited to see where they are taking it.

The Verdict: 8.5/10


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