The second War of the Bounty Hunters tie-in issue this week (with War of the Bounty Hunters #3 being the first), Star Wars #16 takes readers on a journey alongside Luke Skywalker, still dealing with the trauma of his encounter with Darth Vader at the climax of The Empire Strikes Back. Elsewhere, we get a repeat of the action we’ve just seen unfolding on Jekara in the aforementioned War of the Bounty Hunters #3 (yep, that bloody never-ending auction gathering again), with Qi’ra taking on Vader and Leia on the sidelines, discussing the best way forward to rescue Han with Lando and Chewie.
The insight into Luke’s state of mind and his PTSD from the fuel with his newly-revealed father is superb – something that the Star Wars movies either didn’t bother or didn’t have time to address. Yet so much of this issue is taken up with pretty much the exact same events of War of the Bounty Hunters #3, which almost renders that issue completely unnecessary – seeing as all of the important developments in it are covered here anyway.
So it’s another repetitive issue then, its saving grace – and what elevates it beyond the comic which covers the same events – is the focus on Luke and his psychological scars, which is really well handled and brilliantly written. The art is faultless too, but there’s still a sense of disappointment that this crossover is padding itself out so much by repeating itself over and over again – it ceased to have much of interest to say in terms of the main story’s points a long time ago, in a galaxy…you know the rest.
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