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Star Wars: Storms on Crait #1 Review!

Jedi Jondee here on Baraan Fa,

The Marvel Comic book features the salt world of Crait featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The world was introduced in the Leia: Princess of Alderaan book by Claudia Gray. It features a cover by Marco Checchetto who worked on Star Wars: Shattered Empire and the Captain Phasma comic. The cover has Leia pointing with Luke using his lightsaber as Crait is in the background with a blue sky. It is written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker who also co-wrote the Join the Resistance young reader novels and Star Wars Adventures #4 by IDW. The art is by Mike Mayhew who worked on the Star Wars Lucas Draft comic for Dark Horse and the Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi journals issues for Marvel. The first page is a splash in true SW fashion with TIE fighters blasting at the Rebel fleet with X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon. They are on the run from the Empire after A New Hope. Han’s plan goes awry with TIE fighters bearing down on them. Mon Mothma tells Leia to jump to Baraan-Fa. On the planet with a blue tinged atmosphere, Leia and Mothma discuss ideas for Rebel bases and Leia brings up Crait. It’s great to see Leia as a Rebel leader and how she works with Mon Mothma.

Leia brings up that it was a mining planet and that the planet was recommended by someone named Trusk Berinato. Excellent line work by Mayhew capturing the actor’s likeness while keeping things fresh and working with the story. Captain Luke Skywalker is leading the mission on a GR-75 transport, the ship that we saw in Empire Strikes Back, but doesn’t think anything will happen on the dead planet. Crait, we get to see the purple skinned Trusk with a mustache that reminds of Gallandro from the now Legends Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (1980) book by Brian Daley. He has a group of DUM-series pit droids that are used for labor at least that’s what we see in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Leia’s Crait outfit is a nice original design. They take ski speeders with Trusk on a speeder bike to a wall where a base is planned. He takes them into the mines which are tinged with crimson rocks. Han says he doesn’t trust Trusk, but Leia already knows his game and pokes fun at Han for caring. This is a better set up than the recent Star Wars Marvel comic.

Luke and Wedge are on the Crait surface when a worm pops underneath Luke, Wedge tries to shoot it, but Luke tells Wedge and Han restrained by Chewbacca that the worms will become more aggressive if they attack them. Luke begins to investigate the Crait trench trying to understand the world’s eco-system. He uses the ski speeders to check something out with Wedge and finds people flash-frozen by the Crait storms! The storms were something we didn’t see in Last Jedi.  Leia is having a drink with Trusk while Han and Chewie lug around cargo. She realizes that he has contacted the Empire! Great closeups of Leia one upping Trusk. The Empire has brought in Scar Squadron, Special Commando Advanced Recon, introduced in Star Wars #19 (2016) by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu. They are led by Sergeant Kreel who apparently picked up a green lightsaber and uses it in combat even though he is not trained by Sith or Jedi. The idea of stormtroopers with lightsabers harkens back to the Ralph McQuarrie concept art, but we know that they have to have training in the Force to use lightsabers. This is a weakness in the expanded material, but it does give Luke an opponent. I will say their duel is some great art by Mayhew! The fight goes down between Scar Squadron and the Rebels. We also get Han Solo vs. Trusk. I won’t leave out Wedge Antilles giving a beat down to Scar Squadron! A fun romp with a more logical grouping of the Original Trilogy characters.

Four Lightsabers out of Five!

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