Star Wars #2

Star Wars #2

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Carlos D'Anda Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22
7.8Critic Rating
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A cagey young Imperial officer seems to anticipate the Rebels’ every move, so Princess Leia forms a “stealth squadron”—including Luke Skywalker—to expose a suspected spy within their ranks.

Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca run afoul of bounty hunter Boba Fett, and the Emperor sends Darth Vader on a secret mission!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 13, 2013

    This is a comic that really makes me happy. As a big Star Wars fan, I love reading new stories. With the comics, it's sometimes a mixed bag in terms of the quality of the story and art. This series is refreshing and brings back the hope that we can get really really good Star Wars comics. Brian Wood must truly be a big fan. You can feel the finesse he has when it comes to depicting the characters in the script. They don't appear to be mere carbon copies from the movies. They are allowed to grow a little given the new and different situations they're in. The art by Carlos D'Anda is amazing. I've seen too many Star Wars and sci-fi comics that have made me cringe.As a big Star Wars fan, I highly recommend this series. Find the first issue and gobble both of these up. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Feb 19, 2013

    The first issue scored a perfect ten and this second offering scored a nine. That is not a knock in the slightest as I had an absolute blast reading this book and in the end, thats what comic books are supposed to be about. Fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Anthony Brunet Feb 13, 2013

    Im relieved to say that anyone out there who calls themselves a Star Wars fan can rest easy. This story is handled gracefully with just the right amount of action, plot and dialogue. I cant wait to see how deep this story goes and into what new realms it will take our beloved characters. My only concern right now is the impending doom that is the Disney Corporation. With their recent purchase of Everything Lucas, I cant help but think this series could soon be handled by the likes of Marvel (God knows we dont need Star Wars showing up in the Marvel Universe as some new found Universe-37B, or some horrendous idea of that nature.) My only hope is that this series maintains a great run and isnt fed to the Sarlacc that is Disney/Marvel, too quickly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 15, 2013

    Brian Wood, Carlos D'Anda, and Gabe Elataeb set a high bar with Star Wars #1. One they don't quite achieve in Issue #2, but I am still having a blast with this book. This issue is all about laying the ground work for what is to come as Princess Leia sets her covert team into motion Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 17, 2013

    This might sound silly, but Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda's Star Wars is a great Star Wars story. But perhaps more importantly, it's also great comics. These two seem to be building some high stakes through the multiple narratives they have on the go, and I can't wait to see what they'll end up with. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Feb 15, 2013

    There's no telling how well the plot is going to play out in the coming months, I trust that the creative team is aware of how volatile the material they're dealing with is, and I trust that they'll handle it responsibly. Personally, I'm not enough of a Star Wars purist to get up in arms about it, but I'm, in this case, the exception, not the rule. As long as the team finds a balance between bravely and carefully, they'll continue doing a fantastic job. But if they step too far over one of those lines, things could go south fast. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 16, 2013

    With strong art and good writing, I'm signing on for the long haul here. If you're a Star Wars fan (and who isn't?), you should do likewise. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Feb 18, 2013

    Star Wars #2 proves that the acclaim given the first issue was not a fluke. Despite the disappointing lack of Darth Vader and the clique team setup there was more action, more great interactions between characters and more Han Solo. The weakest moment, that of Colonel Bircher, can be attributed to his lack of background within the lore; however, the glimpse we do get portends to a greater part that he may play in the future. For now though, it's Leia who makes the biggest impression and is the number one reason to continue returning. This is a series any fan of Star Wars should be reading while Dark Horse Comics maintains rights to the Star Wars license. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 14, 2013

    Han Solo and Chewbacca also make an appearance, and that's where artist Carlos D'Anda shines. His framing of their short but brief chase scene was done with an excellent sense of speed and scope to give it that huge cinematic feel. There are just a couple occasions when his facial work takes a dip, but other than that this book has top notch artwork to match its top notch story. The Force is strong with this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 17, 2013

    I love Star Wars, but I'm only just liking this, so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Feb 3, 2013

    When I reviewed the first issue I gave it high praise and thought that it would be a favorite of Star Wars fans everywhere and that turned out to be true. The issue quickly sold out and now commands three-to-four times the cover price with more printings to come soon. Dark Horse is setting a standard so high with this book that Marvel will be very hard pressed to match it, never mind exceed it, when they take over publishing of the franchise next year. Dark Horse is going out with a bang and we all can be thankful for it and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Feb 12, 2013

    If you're a fan of Star Wars, especially the original trilogy, than this series is something that needs to be on your pull list. So far, these issues have not been the most action packed, but it feels like Brian Wood is really going to spend some time with this familiar group of characters and give us a much better understanding and appreciation for them. We're in for a treat with this series, no question. Now, if only we can add in some classic sound affects Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Feb 13, 2013

    "Star Wars" #2 is the issue where Brian Wood and Carlos D'anda demonstrate they don't just know how to handle these characters, they know how to take them new places. The final scene shows Han and Chewie headed to a special rendezvous and the reveal of the location is exciting in a way all "Star Wars" fans will love. This book has character moments as often as it has intricate interplay with the established universe. There are plenty of reasons to stick with this book whether you're a longtime or casual fan. Everyone is welcome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 16, 2013

    This issue shows that Brian Wood has a solid hold on who these characters are and why so many fans fell in love with Star Wars to begin with, thanks to his interesting explorations of how they would act and where they would be after the first movie. In this, he is greatly helped by Carlos D'Anda and Gabe Eltaeb in making this title feels like the original movies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 22, 2013

    Although we don't get an appearance by Darth Vader here we do get a short scene with Col. Bircher taking over command of the Star Destroyer Devastator to hunt down and kill as many Rebels as possible as the Dark Lord of the Sith finds himself reassigned on a special mission for the Emperor. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Feb 17, 2013

    This is Leia's book, really. It's nice to see a page spent on the fact that, not that long ago, this is a young woman who was forced to watch as her planet was destroyed. Between that and the continued focus on the dichotomy between her role as a politician and that of a Rebel soldier, Wood really shored up her character. One of the best things about Star Wars #2 (and this series so far) is that it appears committed to staying in the moment. In other words, despite a cameo from someone we all will come to know and love in Empire Strikes Back, there are no cute nudge/wink moments to future Star Wars events. There's no "we know something you don't know" with Luke and Leia, or even Vader. Wood plays it straight with the audience, and doesn't cheat the franchise of its important cinematic moments down the line. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Culture Mass - Boyd Reynolds Oct 2, 2013

    Would The Star Wars #2 be as enjoyable if we didn't know its history in connection to the beloved films? No, but it doesn't matter. We do and thats what makes it fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Geek Smash - Matthew Frendo Feb 13, 2013

    Overall, it's not a bad series, and the artwork is cool. It does hurt from a slow story that adds nothing really new to the series. While the first in the series was good, the second fails to deliver in the same way. If you're a Star Wars die hard, it may be worth checking out, but otherwise I would recommend the “Dark Times” series instead (review for that can be foundhere). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Eric Biewenga Feb 13, 2013

    This really is a take-it-or-leave-it issue so if you don’t get it you won’t miss too much, but there are a few key points. What keeps me reading is the fact that it is characters I already know and grew up with and yeah you know about the end and where they will end up, but the journey makes it more interesting. I will say this, enjoy Star Wars now while it’s being handled by a good publisher. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - David Feb 13, 2013

    The most intriguing thing I found about this issue was the possibility a member of Leia's covert team is the super spy. Just look at the images below and tell me they aren't suspects. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Ben Silverio Feb 16, 2013

    Finally, I'm very excited to see business pick up with Han and Chewie now that they've reached their destination and Boba Fett has caught up with them once already. I sense a bit of Han Solo being a badass coming up very soon. And let's be honest, everyone wants to see that. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Miles Greb Mar 15, 2013

    Wood's vision, so far, has not been needed. He has not offered anything the established EU has not done better. However, two lacking issues dose not a story arch make. The sales have been good, so he has the time to fix the flaws. Read Full Review

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