Monday, January 16, 2017

Review of "Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan," by Brian Wood et. al.

Review of
Star Wars Volume 2: From the Ruins of Alderaan by Brian Wood et. al. ISBN 9781616553111

Five out of five stars
 The timeframe is after the destruction of the first Death Star in episode IV, despite their tremendous victory the forces of the rebellion are on the run and in danger of being wiped out. This is consistent with human history, where forces fighting the powerful armies of a government must flee and regroup after a victory. The best example of this is the state of the Sioux forces after they defeated the army of George Custer. Immediately after their victory, the Sioux forces split into small groups and went into hiding as best they could. In many ways, it was their last stand.
 In need of a safe haven and weapons, the leaders of the rebellion send small teams in search of a base of safety, Princess Leia takes on that task. Han and Chewie continue their mission to acquire arms and have to fight off the deadly bounty hunter Bobba Fett. Luke and Wedge Antilles deliberately allow themselves to be captured by the Empire in an unusual move to infiltrate the forces of the Empire.
  The best feature of the story is when Leia meets a fellow Alderaanian that has a cozy existence and is a criminal, but still shares her sorrow at the loss of his planet. There are many different plot segments in this story, yet like so many of the graphic novels, the latter part has a major battle and it ends with an incredible cliffhanger. Leia may be sacrificing herself in order to save the rebellion.

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