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SOTE Shadows of the Empire - Evolution #5 (of 5)
Story: Steve Perry
Pencils: Ron Randall
Inker: Tom Simmons and Ron Randall
Color: Dave Nestelle
Editor: Bob Cooper and Peet Janes
Summary

Guri's surgery is complete, but Savan, the Pike sisters and the movie seven converge on her position for a final showdown.


EnsViews Comic Review
Reviewed 06/21/98

Story
Well, now that it's all over the whole thing just seems so... empty. I mean, there was nothing particularly WRONG with the story. There was simply nothing to make it special at all.

Guri (a cool weapon) wants to become more human... to evolve. A few people try to stop her, but nothing to challenge her abilities. She gets what amounts to a common memory wipe with her abilities in tact. Of course, this was easy to predict since they might want to use her in the future.

The movie seven run around but accomplish absolutely nothing. In the end, Guri takes out Savan (as she did -- or would have -- take out everyone else). Flipping through the arc again, the story would have ended the same way if these heroes sat at Sullust drinking hot chocolate the whole time.

Weak plot is OK when it's a character driven story, right? I guess so... but I didn't end up learning anything about anyone. The main character got amnesia onpurpose. Savan didn't offer anything Xizor didn't. The bounty hunters are no different in skill or motivation than the ESB group.

This story could have easily been told in any science fiction universe. If it weren't labeled with Star Wars, though, I doubt it have been published at all.

There was one memorable line: "They took out Jabba the Hutt, blew up two Death Stars, and destroyed the Emperor himself! With that kind of luck, they don't NEED any skill."

Art
My opinion on the art is basically the same as the previous four issues. Good colors, competent pencils with great alien panels as the hilight. I couldn't help but notice that as the number of characters dwindled, the prevalence of women with "comic book builds" and skimpy costumes increased.

It's good, but not spectacular.

Conclusions
Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying this series had BAD writing or BAD art. It's just unspectacular on both counts. The only reason I'd recommend this issue is perhaps to complete your collection of the first four. If you haven't started buying this series, I can't think of a compelling reason for you to start. I can't imagine that this will ever become an important point in the chronology. 5/10.

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