Sunday, March 18, 2018

Modern Marvel: Star Wars #42

Writer Kieron Gillen took over the Star Wars title with issue #38 and has been doing a terrific job of filling in the story between movies.  His inaugural story is the six-part The Ashes of Jedha where our heroes visit the planet Jedha which was targeted by the Death Star in Rogue One.  Star Wars #42 is pivotal for the character of Han Solo.  In Star Wars, Solo clearly has no desire to join the Rebellion, wanting to just collect his reward and leave.  But, after the first movie, something has change because in The Empire Strikes back General Rieekan says to him, "You're a good fighter, Solo.  I hate to lose you." and by the time Return of the Jedi occurs, he has risen to the rank of General in the Rebel Alliance.  In issue #42, we see him take charge of the Partisan forces attack on the Leviathan.  At first, Han is reluctant, even after he saves the troops after Benthic, the Partisan's leader, is injured.  Chewbacca assures him he needs to lead the attack if they want to have a chance of surviving.

Star Wars #42a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (January 2018)
The standard cover for Star Wars #42 shows Han Solo leading Rebel soldiers into a battle while X-Wing Fighters fly overhead.  The scene does not actually play out like this in the comic because he is not leading Rebel soldiers and no X-Wing Fighters are there, but it is symbolic of his new role as leader.  The cover is similar to a cover by Matt Kindt for Rebel Heist #3 published by Dark Horse.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 2014)
On the Rebel Heist cover, it is Chewbacca that is leading the attack.  The Chewbacca Come on and Fight! cover is based on the Come on Canada! World War II propaganda poster by Hubert Rogers.

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