STAR WARS #6
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Cassaday, Laura Martin
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Well now, that’s a big of a game changer! If you’ve managed to avoid the spoilers about Star Wars #6, I am happy for you, as this is a very fun read with a shocking moment if it hasn’t been spoiled. Whether or not you know what that event is, I highly recommend you check out this book because the Star Wars canon has been changed, and it could end up being a lot of fun.
Jason Aaron deserves a ton of credit for keeping this series lively and exciting even though readers (me included) know some of the eventual outcomes for these characters. This issue features something I never expected, and I’m shocked Aaron had the authorization to make happen…and I’m even more excited about this comic now that it has happened. The possibilities for changes to the Star Wars continuity are now in open season and with this event (that I think has the potential for some very interesting storylines) Marvel has shown that these comics are not just fillers, treading water with their looks at the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. That is certainly not the case, and the whole line became more dynamic with the reveal in this issue.
This comic is more than just a reveal, though, with some solid action good storytelling. Aaron has written a rock solid arc and he caps it off nicely, giving Star Wars fans some very interesting things to latch onto going into the next arc while maintaining the fantastic Star Wars tone he has captured so far. His writing is excellent and I can still hear the voices of the characters in these words, with every beep-bloop from R2-D2 dropping at the right time, and the tone of every character’s dialogue sounding just right. This is exactly what a Star Wars comic should be, and I’m very excited to see what Aaron is bringing next.
John Cassaday closes out his work on the title with a bang, delivering huge moments and capturing the emotional aspect of the reveals as well as the big action. He handles the physical fights as well as the verbal ones, and there is a moment at the end of this comic that radiates the pure power of Darth Vader. He’s one of the most iconic characters ever created and Cassaday does him justice, and his artwork toward the end of the issue gave me chills. The colour work by Laura Martin is excellent, bringing a richness to Cassaday’s art that takes the visuals to a whole new level. This duo is legendary and their work lives up to that title.
Star Wars #6 is a huge issue for the series, changing the canon for one of the most well known characters there is, crafted by a great creative team. This is an entertaining read with big action, lots of emotion, and some excellent final pages and I am loving Star Wars more than I have in years. This is good stuff.
The Verdict: 9.0/10