Luke and Mara showdown with C'Baoth on Weyland.
In this issue's lettercol, editor Janes describes comics as "somewhere between
a novel and a film". There are many examples to show that a good book does not
automatically make a good movie. So, for the eighteenth and final time I will
commend Baron on his ability to translate Zahn's magic.
Praise aside, I never felt that the finale for this story was worthy of it,
largely because it's centered around clones which happens to be my least
favorite element that Zahn introduced. I feel C'Baoth as a clone of a former
Jedi was a cheap way to get a new Force adept in the mix. And the introduction
of Luuke was an unnecessary tack-on. Thrawn's death always seemed unworthy of
his character, but it didn't bother me so much in comic form. Of course, these
things are nothing more than little gripes that have nothing to do with the
I'm a strong proponent of using quality original stories in Star Wars comics,
but when the story is strong enough, I can forgive the "original" requirement.
I hope that when (not if) future adaptations are done, they will be able to
match this quality. (Might I suggest "I, Jedi", or "Spectre of the Past"?)
I'm also running out of words of praise for Biukovic's unique ability to
beautifully handle both technology and biology. This last issue lives up to
the high standard of the previous five. This issue has more action than the
rest of the series, and Edvin's skill as unique poses serves well.
This issue heavily features Mara Jade and this difficult character was handled
very well. She's come a long way since I gave her rendering only a "passing
mark" in issue #1.
I hope that the Biukovic/Shandower team will be back for future Star Wars
projects. Their work has been outstanding.
Great art, great story. 9/10. Recommended.
Taken as 24 issue arc, 'Heir to the Empire'/'Dark Force Rising'/'Last Command'
is the best Star Wars comic series we've ever seen. If you haven't been
picking up the issues, I urge you to pick up the trade paperbacks.
I look forward to Dark Horse trying to top it.