General Grievous #2 (of 4)
Story: Chuck Dixon
Art: Rick Leonardi
Inking: Mark Pennington
Coloring: Lucas Marangon, Michelle Madsen
Lettering: Dave Lanphear
Cover: Rick Leonardi, Mark Pennington, Lucas Marangon
Reviewed by: JF Boivin (05/02/2005)
General Grievous leads a successful attack on the Ugnaught homeworld of Gentes, which falls into Separatist hands. Grievous is also holding a group of Jedi Younglings he is keeping captive. Meanwhile, Jedi Flynn Kybo meets up with Stellskard, who is a member of the Banvhar Combine. He takes Flynn and his two Jedi companions to Banvhar Station where reside a group of miners who survived a devastating attack from General Grievous' forces. They are determined to help the Jedi find and defeat the Separatist leader.
Although this issue is better than the first one, it doesn't have mch going for it. A big part of it is Grievous' takeover and subjugation of the Ugnaughts of Gentes. I love the fact that Dixon used a pre-established planet and species instead of creating a new one, I think the scenes on Gentes are the best part of the story. While it is not especially entertaining, it is definitely readable.
The other scenes with the three Jedi meeting up with the group of digruntled miners, who want vengeance on Grievous but have just been waiting to get help, is just way too convenient and predictable. Plus, what is this sub-plot with Grievous keeping Jedi kids as captives? Isn't he supposed to kill Jedi?
Still not a big fan of the art, although the colors on the first six pages are very interesting in their contrast and tone. Could be due to the addition of Michelle Madsen on coloring duty. Othewise the art is passable.
This issue doesn't improve much on the last one.
Rating: 5.5 / 10 Not Recommended