Star Wars (2020) #4 Review

by NumidianPrime on March 21, 2020

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Jesús Saiz
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel

The fourth issue in Charles Soule's new relaunch of the Star Wars series came out this week, continuing the Destiny Path story arc. Lando, Luke, and Leia have infiltrated Cloud City, each with a mission of their own, but things are unsurprisingly not going according to plan. 

This was a solid issue. I've been on board with this entire series concept from the start and it hasn't let me down yet. I did admittedly not enjoy the previous issue as much as I enjoyed the first two but I think that's fairly typical, beginnings are always exciting. I'm still loving Jesús Saiz's art, which gives the series a good atmosphere that sets it apart from the previous runs. For better or worse, each writer's run on the comic has had a distinct visual style that I can immediately picture when thinking about those stories. 

I'm also still enjoying the character arcs. Luke's arc feels a bit fast, especially since I was really enjoying the darker place his head was at after the events of Empire Strikes Back, but it's still an interesting story. Leia and Lando both had great moments here, Lando especially. Soule has plenty of experience writing Lando from the character's miniseries from a few years ago and it shows here. I'm very interested in seeing where his story with Lobot goes and how it will resolve. 

It feels like Soule has a grander story plotted out, hopefully with a beginning, middle, and end in mind. We haven't seen Shara or Kes or Zahra in a couple of issues and I expect that they won't return to the spotlight until the arc after this one. I'm very interested in finding out who Luke has been seeing in his visions, I have a theory about how it might connect into one of his other comics in a satisfying way. 

I'm definitely looking forward to the next issue and seeing where this series goes in general. A few months ago I thought there were too many Star Wars comics running at the same time but now I'm so invested in the few series that we have that the waits between issues feel too long. It'll be especially interesting to see how they connect with each other, since all of the current series take place at the same time and crossovers have been teased. I can think of one character in the current Darth Vader run that would certainly be interesting to see interact with Luke and Leia. Overall, I'm very impressed with Marvel's new chapter in Star Wars publishing and I can't wait to see where it leads.

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